+You thought leadership series
Habitat’s +You thought leadership series brings together experts from around the world to inform and educate our audiences about significant and pressing issues in housing today.
This series spans critical topics including housing and health, the effect of COVID-19 on low-income families, redlining and racial inequity in housing, and more.
Check out our +You playlist on YouTube for highlight clips from the series.
How historic housing discrimination against Black Americans contributes to racial inequities today
In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and far too many other Black Americans, we are in the midst of a national conversation about racial equity and justice. This discussion focuses on the history of anti-Black racism and government-sponsored segregation in housing in the United States, and how that history is fundamental to issues of housing and equity today.
- Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
- Alexi McCammond, political reporter for Axios (moderator).
- Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.
Housing is the prescription we need
To launch our +You series, we heard from panelists as they discussed the important ties between home and health, particularly during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Dr. Megan Sandel, associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and co-director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center.
- Dr. Stephen Klasko, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health.
- Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.
- Lisa Gordon, president and CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.