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Commodore Conversations 2021

Panel Description

Session Description:  Does where you are born and where you reside dictate your access to the American Dream?  Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, looked at this in his research. Using big data, he developed the Opportunity Atlas which examines questions such as, “Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?”  Locally, we are fortunate to have economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, including Dr. Dionissi Aliprantis, who are working to better understand the barriers to economic inclusion within our neighborhoods.


Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President of Lorain County Community College

Dr. Jonathan Dryden, Provost/VP for Academic Affairs & University Partnerships

Ms. Tracy Green, VP, Strategic and Institutional Development

Dr. Marisa Vernon White, VP, Enrollment Management & Student Services

Mr. Jonathan Volpe, VP, Administrative Services & Treasurer 

Online Resources

Library Resources


Fessler, P. (2019, August 5). In Seattle, a move across town could be a path out of poverty, [Audio]. NPR.

Vedantam, S(2018, November 12). Zipcode destiny: The persistent power of place and education, [Audio]. NPR.

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