Science Discussion Series: How do redlining, poorer performing schools, lack of access to resources and the physical environment contribute to inequity? We’re experts on the economic and social impacts of race

Science Discussion Series: How do redlining, poorer performing schools, lack of access to resources and the physical environment contribute to inequity? We’re experts on the economic and social impacts of race

Race impacts our experiences and opportunities in the world. Where we live and how we are perceived by those around us informs the realities we must navigate. For example, redlining was a process of marking neighborhoods where people of color could buy or rent homes in contrast to areas marked with green that were deemed “safe” for white families. The racial segregation of American cities was not accidental. Redlined areas had poorer access to safe housing, good schools, reliable transit, healthy foods, and good jobs. Inability to rent or purchase in better areas meant many families of color were denied access to improving their lives. This formalized racism began in the 1930s and was outlawed 50 years ago but we still see the legacy and informal continuation of this policy in housing and differential access today. Research suggests redlining is a significant contributor to the racial wealth gap. Join us to discuss how these inequalities in the built environment impact people today and what policies and solutions might help address these issues.

As mentioned in a previous announcement post, the moderators of /r/science have worked in collaboration with the moderators of /r/blackpeopletwitter and /r/blackladies to create this series of discussion panels focused on race in America. These panels will be led by subject area specialists including scientists, researchers, and policy professionals so that we can engage with multiple expert perspectives on those important topics. A list of the panels, guests, and dates can be found here.

Our guests will be answering under the account u/Economic_impact_race. With us today are:

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Richard Rothstein: I am the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, and a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). I am also the author of other books and articles on education and race, available at my webpage at the EPI site. I’ve also helped to produce a free 17-minute animated film, Segregated by Design, appropriate for high school students and adults, that describes the origins of segregation in racially explicit public policy.

Sarah B. Schindler: I am the Edward S. Godfrey Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Maine School of Law. I am the author of Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment, published in the Yale Law Journal. I teach and write about property, land use, local government, and real estate law. My research focuses on the sometimes amorphous line between public and private space, and the ways that the built environment functions in exclusionary ways.

Lisa Rice: Lisa Rice is the President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the nation’s only national civil rights agency solely dedicated to eliminating all forms of housing discrimination. Lisa has led her team in using civil rights principles to bring fairness and equity into technologies used in the housing and lending sectors. Ms. Rice is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors, Center for Responsible Lending Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, Quicken Loans Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Bipartisan Policy Center Civil Society Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence and FinRegLab Machine Learning Advisory Board.

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Natosha Reid Rice: Natosha Reid Rice currently serves as the Associate General Counsel for Real Estate and Finance at Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. where she initiates and manages financing programs and strategies to generate sources of capital that enable Habitat affiliates to provide decent, affordable housing to families throughout the country. In addition to her work at Habitat, after serving as an Associate Pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Natosha also serves as the Minister for Public Life at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA.

Through her work as an attorney and faith leader, Natosha works to provide a voice to the voiceless and opportunities to communities that have been historically disadvantaged. She currently serves on the boards of the global Harvard Alumni Association as an Elected Director, the Atlanta Community Foodbank, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Invest Atlanta’s Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. and the Advisory Board of the Harvard Debate Council. She has been actively involved in advocacy efforts to increase housing affordability and efforts to pass legislation and policies to protect victims of human sex trafficking in Georgia and provide for a fair workplace for women. In addition, she is a highly regarded keynote speaker and workshop facilitator and delivered her TEDx talk “If We Are More Alike Than Unalike, Then…” – for TEDx Centennial Park Women.

Tiffany Manuel: Dr. Tiffany Manuel is President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping passionate social changemakers, innovators and adaptive leaders around the United States make the case for building stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems change that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communities. Dr. Manuel has written extensively on how we make the case for systems change and her book on public will building lays out the core principles of effective casemaking. She believes that this is a powerful moment in our nation to live into our values and she works with social changemakers to ensure that we do.

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Walter Gilliam: I am the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center, as well as the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. My work spans education, health and mental health, and child development, with a specific interest in the role of policy and systems.

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