Fair Housing Virtual Conference 2021
"Riding the Wave of Change:
Advancing Fair Housing and Equity in a New Era"
April 29, 2021
9:30am - 1:30pm PST
General Admission: $20
Scholarships available upon request
Executive Director, Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
Professor Emeritus of Black Studies and Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Director, California Department of Housing
& Community Development
This virtual conference features presenters who will explore how we can best promote affirmative policies to advance fair housing and racial equity. The event will create a space for community members, non-profits, advocates, real estate professionals, housing providers, and municipal leaders and staff to address pressing fair housing issues affecting communities in the Bay Area and strategies to re-energize fair housing initiatives, including affirmatively furthering fair housing.
Together, we can build on the legacy of the leaders of the civil rights movement to create a more just and equitable society. Furthering fair housing means advancing equity, not just in terms of housing choice, but also as it relates to all opportunities related to where you live, including employment, transportation, education, health, and access to financial markets.
For more information, to request a scholarship, or for any special needs, contact Education Director, Adriana Ames at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cashauna Hill has served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (formerly the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center) since 2015. She leads a team working to fulfill LaFHAC’s mission to end discriminatory housing policies and practices through litigation and policy advocacy, along with fair housing trainings and foreclosure prevention counseling. Ms. Hill is a dynamic leader, advocate, and litigator, who has been interviewed by countless national and local media outlets, in addition to having written extensively about housing segregation and civil rights. Her background includes successful resolution of fair housing and lending claims through administrative and court processes. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Tulane Law School.
George Lipsitz is Research Professor Emeritus of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His thirteen single and co-authored books include The Possessive Investment in Whiteness (2018) and How Racism Takes Place (2011). Lipsitz is also the author of the chapter “Living Downstream: Fair Housing at Fifty” in the book The Fight for Fair Housing (2018) edited by Gregory Squires. He is a past board member of the Fair Housing Council of San Diego and of the National Fair Housing Alliance. Lipsitz was awarded the American Studies Association’s Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship in 2013 and its Bode-Pearson Prize for Career Distinction in 2016.
Gustavo F. Velasquez was appointed by Governor Newsom as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development in May of 2020. In this leadership role, Velasquez leads California's housing policy agenda and administers a wide range of programs that produce, preserve, and protect affordable housing and communities of opportunity across the state. Velasquez was Senior Director at the Urban Institute, a renowned national research organization, and also served for nearly three years as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Thank you to our conference sponsors!