Media Releases

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The American Dream of homeownership will be under siege if we take seriously recent government proposals to reform the housing finance market. Government regulators have already taken steps to increase down payments for loans made through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Authority, and are also considering mandatory (and arbitrary) down payment requirements. These moves and other recent government proposals could further racialize our housing and credit markets by effectively disqualifying many lower-income borrowers, including a large share of borrowers of color.
 
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Professor john a. powell, Director of the Kirwan Institute for the study of Race and Ethnicity, was a featured speaker at the Summit for a Fair Economy in Minnesota on September 10, 2011.
 
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A Toronto Star article quotes Andrew Grant-Thomas, reflecting on the State of Black America in conjunction with the MLK National Memorial dedication.
 
Story of blacks in U.S. is bathed in sugar and vinegar A Toronto Star article quotes AnAugust 27, 2011 00:08:00 Royson James
 
Thursday,  Sept. 1  at 11:00a.m., WOSU radio’s All Sides with Ann Fisher   discusses the WOSU TV documentary, Suburban America: Problems & Promise,  which interviews with Kirwan Institute Executive Director john powell.
 
On September 13, the Ohio Board of Education unanimously approved adoption of policy recommendations for Ohio School districts developed in conjunction with the Kirwan Institute.  The recommendations are designed to facilitate student diversity and reduce racial isolation within the parameters of the law.  M
 
Kirwan Institute Senior Research Associate Christy Rogers, is interviewed by Progressive Radio about the American Jobs Act’s potential impact on poverty. September 15, 2011, 3:00-3:30 p.m. EST
 
“North Africa and Middle East Popular Revolutions: Is Now the Time for People’s Power?” will be the subject of a panel discussion on Monday May 16, from 5-7 p.m., in Saxbe Auditorium, 55 W. 12th Avenue, in the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.
 
JACKSONVILLE, Florida — In an era of diminished public resources, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission has a new tool to use as it makes decisions about future investments and services to the community. The Map of Child Well-Being in Duval County is part of a groundbreaking study of children in Duval County conducted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University on behalf of the Children’s Commission. The study was funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
 
To support its efforts to promote equitable policy for marginalized families and communities across the U.S., the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.
 
In November, Latino unemployment rates reached a 12-month high of 13.2 percent, according to the latest RaceRecovery Index prepared by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. While unemployment was up slightly for all groups in November to an overall rate of 9.8 percent, Blacks and Latinos continued to face significantly higher unemployment rates than the overall population.
 
Despite the gain of 290,000 jobs in April, overall unemployment rose from 9.7% to 9.9% due to the reentry of over 800,000 individuals into the labor force. Black unemployment held steady at 16.5% from March to April, while Latino unemployment dropped slightly from 12.6% to 12.5%.
 
john powell will serve as 2010 honoree and keynote speaker at the Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner, presented by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center on Thursday, May 20, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at The Bond Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut.