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Exploring Housing Inequality: A Conversation with Professor Margaret Weir

Date: April 11, 2024

In a thought-provoking session, students from the 2nd semester intensive English course had the privilege of engaging with Professor Margaret Weir, a distinguished scholar at Brown University. Professor Weir, who co-directs the Stone Project on Inequality at the Watson Institute, delved into the complex issue of housing disparities in connection to redlining.

Understanding Redlining

Redlining, a discriminatory practice prevalent in the 20th century, systematically denied housing opportunities to certain communities based on race and socioeconomic status. By drawing literal red lines on maps, lenders and policymakers excluded neighborhoods predominantly inhabited by people of color from access to loans, mortgages, and investment. The consequences of redlining continue to reverberate through our cities today.

Professor Weir’s Insights

During her input session, Professor Weir emphasized the enduring impact of redlining on housing equity. She highlighted how historical policies perpetuated social divisions, leading to segregated neighborhoods with unequal access to quality housing, education, and economic opportunities. By examining data and case studies, she underscored the need for awareness and action to address these disparities.

Professor Weir inspired students with her commitment to social justice. She established that housing inequality is not a relic of the past but an ongoing challenge.

We would like to express our gratitude for her taking the time and sharing her insights with our students.

For more information about Professor Margaret Weir and the Stone Project on Inequality, visit the Watson Institute website1.