David Pate

Social Justice Contributor

David Pate has conversations about race, gender and class on Lake Effect. Pate's Real Talk segments will be a discussion at the intersection of equity and race - focusing on such topics as homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, welfare, asset and other issues of social justice.

As a child, Pate received and experienced the social welfare system and now teaches social welfare policy at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an associate professor and founder of the Center for Family Policy and Practice.

David Pate is a “City of Brotherly Love” Philadelphia, Pa native. He graduated from the UW-Madison (Doctorate), University of Chicago (Masters), and the University of Detroit (Bachelors).

Twitter: @DavidJPate

Economy & Business
12:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How Low-Income Parents' Decisions Influence their Children's Future

Children of different backgrounds and situations have different futures ahead. A major factor in their futures are found in their parents' decisions.
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We all know that children who grow up in disadvantaged homes face unique challenges to their well-being and their chances for success later in life. But growing up in low-income circumstances isn’t a blanket predictor of a child’s future; some may do well, some may struggle.

But are there factors that could predict a child’s future situation? Do children of a particular demographic fare better than those of another in the long run? How much depends on a child’s ability to grow and make his own future, and how much is out of his control?

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Politics & Government
11:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Real Talk: Is 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Overlooking the Real Issue?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as young men who participate in the 'Becoming A Man' program in Chicago watch him during an event in the East Room of the White House February 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama signed an executive memorandum following remarks on the "My Brother's Keeper"initiative.
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When President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative was first announced in February, it emphasized its goal to improve opportunities for young men of color.

2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

UWM Professor: Report Naming Wisconsin Worst for Black Kids Should Be 'Wake-Up Call'

Using indicators such as fourth-grade reading levels and rates of living in poverty, Wisconsin ranked last in the country for the well-being of black children.
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A recent report named Wisconsin as the worst state for the welfare of black children.

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Project Milwaukee
12:18 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Advocates: 3 Ways to Reduce Wisconsin's $1.2 Billion Corrections Budget

Two members of the Felmers Chaney Correctional Center Community Advisory Board offer suggestions for prison alternatives based on what has worked at the facility.
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Wisconsin needs to change its corrections policies in order to reduce the state’s prison population, two advisory board members of a Milwaukee area correctional facility say.

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Project Milwaukee
2:43 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Milwaukee Father: My Time in Prison Doesn't Define Me

A Milwaukee man says not having his own dad around inspired him to grow as a father.
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Armando is a 36-year-old Milwaukeean, a certified carpenter, and a very proud dad. But he is also a former inmate of a state correctional facility.

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Real Talk
5:04 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Analysts: Child Support Adds to Many Black Fathers' Debt Load

"Real Talk" contributor David Pate explains why paying child support is a struggle for many low-income black fathers in Milwaukee.
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Among the financial challenges facing many of Milwaukee's black men is the disproportionate amount of debt they carry.

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Economy & Business
2:56 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Why Many Black Men in Milwaukee Can't Get Out of Poverty

UWM researcher David Pate says on average black men in Milwaukee carry a disproportionate amount of debt, compared to their white peers.
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The latest census figures paint a fairly bleak picture for Milwaukee.

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Economy & Business
11:29 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Location is a Big Factor of the Wealth Gap

Families have to consider the location of where they live in proximity to their place of employment.
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Milwaukee is known nationwide as being one of the most segregated cities in the country; segregated both racially and economically.

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