Northeastern University Charlotte To Tackle Obstacles to Upward Mobility Topic

–Surveys Show Odds of Climbing Out of Poverty in Charlotte Area Among Lowest in Nation–

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 31, 2015) – Northeastern University–Charlotte will host a panel discussion about the obstacles to upward mobility at their Uptown Campus on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:30-9:00am.

Recent surveys confirm that the odds of climbing out of poverty in the Charlotte metro area are among the lowest in the nation. In other words, odds of those born in the bottom 5%, climbing to the top 5% are less than 5%.

“The gap between the rich and poor continues to grow here in the Queen City,” said Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO & Regional Dean of Northeastern University—Charlotte.  “Ranking dead last for upward mobility in the 50 biggest metro areas is a wakeup call that we need to find a way to reverse these trends and help revive the American Dream locally.”

The panel, moderated by The Lee Institute’s Executive Director, Andrea Stevenson, features:

·         Leslie Winner, Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

·         Rebecca Riccio, Professor and Director of The Social Impact Lab, Northeastern University

·         Nicholas Wharton, Chief Operating Officer, Urban League of Central Carolinas


Northeastern University is a top-tier private research university that provides high-demand graduate programs aligned with the needs of industry in region and around the globe.   The Charlotte campus, the University’s first expansion outside of Boston, opened in October 2011.  Since then, it has grown from eight master’s degrees to more than 30 degree and certificate programs.  For more information, visit

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