The goals of valuing social equity and using it as a guide in managing public programs areﬁrmly rooted in the Minnowbrook tradition. Although civil rights activists have long fought for equality, attendees at the Minnowbrook I conference in 1968 were among the ﬁrst in theﬁeld of public administration to directly confront societal inequities by asserting that publicadministrators should, in addition to valuing efﬁciency and effectiveness, stress the valuesocial equity in the management and distribution of public services. The ﬁeld’s emphasis onsocial equity continued on through Minnowbrook II and was identiﬁed as a key concernduring the most recent Minnowbrook III conference. After brieﬂy summarizing discussion onthis topic during Minnowbrook III, this article provides an agenda for advancing the ﬁeld’scommitment to social equity. This agenda centers upon clarifying the conceptual para-meters of social equity, transforming the place of social equity in academic instruction, andbuilding upon existing themes and methodologies in social equity research. Last, predictionsfor the role of social equity at a future Minnowbrook IV conference are presented for further consideration.
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Categories: Equity, Gender, Organizational equity, PA Theory, Social Equity