The annual Summit on Inequality & Opportunity is a one-day gathering dedicated to conversations about the widening opportunity gap in the United States. More than 400 policymakers, civic leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and practitioners from all over the country will gather on March 8 to share their ideas, research, best practices, and models for the fight against poverty and inequality of all kinds.

Elizabeth Acevedo on validating the experiences of others

As an Afro-Latina and native New Yorker, Acevedo often felt like an outsider in her creative writing program. When she mentioned to a professor that she wanted to write an ode to the rat, the creature she was most familiar with, he told her that she needed “more experiences.”

Dr. Leana Wen on rethinking addiction

Dr. Wen, the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, says that your perception of addiction may be based on your class and background. It is important to recognize these biases in order treat each afflicted community with the respect and care it deserves.

Senator Mark Warner on designing worker benefits

Senator Warner (D-VA) is concerned about the future of work in America — one-third of workers are on part-time contracts with limited job security. He explains why he’s pushing for legislation that would fund pilot projects for flexible, portable benefits that workers can carry with them.

Read the full article about the lessons on fighting inequality by Nicole Corea at The Aspen Institute.