College of Health

School of Social Work

Economic Mobility: Moving Toward Enough for All

Conference on economic mobility featuring Erin Currier of The Pew Charitable Trusts

Date & Time:

Monday, June 2, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM


$15*; Students with ID are free, but should register. *Lunch included with registration. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request at


St. Catherine University - Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine; 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN.  Parking available in all lots without ticketing. See map for campus parking options.


The School of Social Work is a proud co-sponsor of this event with A Minnesota Without Poverty    

Did you know...

  • 43% of Americans raised at the bottom of the income ladder remain there as adults, and 70% of Americans never make it to the middle?
  • wealth has increased for families at the top of the income ladder, but decreased for families at both the bottom and middle?
  • a variety of factors, including gender, race, education and savings influence a person's prospects of moving up the economic ladder?

Conference Schedule:


9:30 - 10 am:    Registration

10:00 - 11 am:  Keynote speaker, Erin Currier, Director, Economic Mobility, The Pew Charitable Trusts

11:00 - 12:15:   Panel Discussion: Economic Mobility in MN


Confirmed panelists include:

  • Erin Currier, The Pew Charitable Trusts 
  • Carolyn Roby, Vice President, Wells Fargo; Itasca Project
  • Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner, MN Dept of Human Rights
  • Ernesto Velez Bustos, Director, Centro Campesino
  • Jessica Toft, Associate Professor, St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work 
  • Christianne Lind, Program Officer, Northwest Area Foundation
  • Moderated by Dane Smith, President, Growth & Justice

12:15 - 1:15 pm:   Lunch and interactive table discussions: Solutions for Minnesota

1:15 - 2:30 pm:     Table presentations, prioritization of efforts, and wrap-up


* For those in the Academic Community: Immediately following the conference, there will be a follow-up discussion for those interested in digging deeper into the issues of creating higher educational access and support.  Erin Currier will share additional research specific to higher education.  If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please provide your contact information HERE


All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.