The president of the Indianapolis Urban League says today’s Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon is a chance for the organization to showcase success stories and spotlight its education and work force development efforts. Tony Mason says the IUL has provided more than 1,000 clients over the past year with job training and referral services, with more than 80 percent of them finding a job with the organization’s preferred employers. During a Studio(i) interview, Mason discussed other IUL services as well as today’s event.
Mason says the organization also provides educational services, including after-school STEM activities for partner middle schools, and college preparation at the high school level. He says another focus is public policy advocacy, including mass transit, health and wellness and quality of life issues.
The Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon is the league’s signature event, which recognizes companies, individuals and organizations that the IUL says "champion the principles of equal opportunity, civil rights and social justice, while simultaneously raising money to support our mission." This year’s keynote speaker is labor economist and author Julianne Malveaux. Inside INdiana Business Television Host Gerry Dick is the event’s host.
The Indianapolis Urban League was founded in 1965.