WCPC Research Conferences

The West Coast Poverty Center sponsors research conferences on critical issues and disseminates its findings through academic journals, edited volumes, and print and on-line summaries. Conference keynote presentations generally are open to the public.

Old Assumptions, New Realities:
Economic Security for Working Families in the 21st Century

September 10-12, 2008, University of Washington


With a rapidly changing global economy and an economic crisis in the headlines, researchers, policymakers and citizens have been asking how best to help American workers build and maintain economic security for themselves and their families. In September 2008, the West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) and the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy (NBEC) brought leading national policy scholars and prominent policy practitioners to the University of Washington to consider this question and to generate new policies that will promote economic security for today’s working families. Highlights of the conference appeared in our summer 2009 Poverty Research Flash. The conference received generous support from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Seattle Foundation.

Local Contexts and the Prospects for Second Generation Immigrants

October 19-20, 2006 University of Washington


The West Coast Poverty Center's inaugural research conference was held at the University of Washington in October 2006. The conference was one of the first multi-disciplinary efforts to address issues of local context in the economic and social progress of second-generation immigrants and brought a distinguished group of scholars together to discuss these issues. Highlights of the conference appeared in our summer 2008 Poverty Research Flash. Papers from the conference have been published in a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 35, No. 7, August 2009, which is dedicated to the conference papers. The conference was supported in part by the Russell Sage Foundation.