2022 Resources

2022 FHCR Conference: Day One

Opening Session:

A Conversation on Art and Social Protest between Pops Peterson and Jamie Williamson


Critical Race Theory (CRT) & Critical Race Teaching: Towards a Pedagogy of Justice & Civility

Presented by: Chad Dion Lassiter, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

This workshop will focus on how Critical Race Theory has been taken out of context for the purposes of maintaining ‘whiteness’ against the backdrop of ‘white rage.’ Dialogue will consist of what CRT is and why there is a need for Critical Race teaching in an era of white racism, white violence and white victimization. In the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. W.E.B. Dubois and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Lassiter will aim to highlight how all humanity can work towards themes of justice.


Minority Language Assistance During Elections

John “Bert” Russ, Deputy Chief, Voting Section.
Michelle Rupp, Trial Attorney, Voting Section

Attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, will discuss the requirements of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain places to provide language assistance to voters who do not speak English well. The attorneys will also discuss the new list of covered places as of December 2021, including cities in New England.

2022 FHCR Conference: Day Two

Opening Session: 

Jamie Williamson and Pops Peterson: A Conversation about Art and Social Protest

Join Jamie Williamson and Pops Peterson, a social justice artist and activist, to open day two of the Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference in a discussion about art and social protest.


The Systematic Underpayment of Wages and Benefits for Women of Color in New York City Government Human Services Contracting

Presented by: James A. Parrott, Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.

This talk explores how government contracting with nonprofits often shortchanges a committed workforce of care workers.


How State Policy Can Further Fair Housing: Massachusetts Legislation Filed This Session


William Berman, Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School  
Whitney Demetrius, Director of Fair Housing Engagement, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
Eric Shupin, Director of Public Policy, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association

The federal Fair Housing Act provides the Commonwealth and its communities with the power to investigate, enforce, and further fair housing. State policy can strengthen these tools through funding, enforcement, and planning. In this session, the Citizens’ Housing And Planning Association (CHAPA) team will provide information on legislation filed this session, the status of these bills, and what you can do to shape state policy to ensure people have a full range of choices in deciding where they live.

2022 FHCR Conference: Day Three


How we Gathered 32,000 Pandemic Eviction Records Efficiently and What We Learned

Presented by: Douglas Quattrochi, Executive Director of MassLandlords, Inc.

In this workshop we will examine the reasons for and results of eviction filings in Massachusetts from April 2019 through January 2022. We will examine periods of pre-pandemic baseline, eviction moratorium, and unprecedented rental assistance. This dataset is the work of five MassLandlords staff assisted by in-house software to read 100% of Massachusetts filings during the study period. We will share our methodology for others to reproduce. We will place our work in the context of recent research and suggest innovative policies to affirmatively further fair housing.

Keynote Speaker:

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her fifteenth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She serves on two committees: the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Plus: Presentation of the 2022 Drum Major Award honoring a local individual who has contributed significantly to the cause of fair housing and civil rights in the past year.


The Future of Civil Rights

Robert Terrell, Moderator, Fair Housing and Equity Officer, Boston Housing Authority
Nadine Cohen, Managing Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services,
Marvin Martin, Executive Director, Action for Equity
Dana Rebeiro, Massachusetts Liaison, Vineyard Wind, Inc
Whitney Demetrius, Director of Fair Housing Engagement, Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association
Frank Farrow, Executive Director, City of Boston Office for the Advancement of Black Men

The format will be a 50 minute panel discussion, followed by a 30 minute Q&A period and 10 minutes for closing remarks. The Moderator of the panel will be Robert Terrell, Fair Housing and Equity Officer for the Boston Housing Authority. The focus of the workshop will be an examination of the major trends and issues in fair housing and civil rights today. Participants will not only learn the importance of these issues but why they are strategic for the future of democracy in the United States. This workshop is designed to be informative to any and all participants at the conference but will have significant impact even on those with little civil rights background.


How to Build and Lead Diverse Organizations: The CREED Model for DEI Leadership

Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., Ph.D.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs have become a universally accepted catalyst for organizational success. The question that often looms large for leaders of organizations is: How do we do it? The CREED Model for DEI Leadership provides a framework for managing change around DEI priorities. The CREED model is the core of Northwestern University’s online executive education program, “Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” powered by 2U, Inc. A training resource at MGM International Resorts, Nike, and other major corporations, the training is based on Dr. Tillery’s 25 years of research in the fields of leadership and governance.