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Does College Level the Playing Field?

Registration for this event is closed.

When:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time:  Reception: 6 p.m. (Light fare will be served.)
Welcome and stage setting: 6:30-6:45 p.m.
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A: 6:45-8 p.m.
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust St.
St. Louis, Mo. 63102 (map it)

Is college the "great equalizer" that opens up economic opportunity for lower-income, disadvantaged, and minority families? The St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability found that, since 1992, whites and Asians with college degrees have seen their wealth soar while blacks and Hispanics with college degrees have seen their wealth plummet. William R. Emmons, lead economist for the center, will look at what underlies this troubling finding, and how college, which is increasingly necessary for financial success, can truly expand economic opportunity in the U.S.

Robert Hopkins will deliver welcoming remarks. Hopkins is senior vice president and regional executive of the St. Louis Fed’s Little Rock Branch and also oversees consumer compliance supervision and community development at the Bank. Ray Boshara, director of the center, will then set the stage for Emmons' presentation. After the presentation, Boshara will moderate a panel discussion featuring Emmons, Angelyque Campbell, manager of policy analysis and communications for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors consumer and community affairs division, and Lowell Ricketts, lead analyst at St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability.

The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required and will close at noon, Monday, May 22, or as soon as all seats are filled.

For more information, contact Valerie Coleman at 314-444-8310 or at

This presentation is part of the St. Louis Fed's evening discussion series, called Dialogue with the Fed: Beyond Today's Financial Headlines. Previous presentations are available at this site.