Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Course Number: 

This course will examine the intersection of race and wealth inequality in America and the ways in which the contemporary racial wealth gap is rooted in historical injustices reinforced by federal, state and local government policy. This lecture-based course will provide a historic context for the enduring wealth disparities that exist between White households and households of color, with specific emphasis on African-American and Latino households. The program will review formal and informal public policies such as the Federal Housing Act, the GI Bill, racially restrictive covenants, block busting, local retreat from desegregation and others practices that facilitated property ownership, business development, and education for Whites while excluding African Americans and other minority groups. Students will engage in detailed discussion of current public policy approaches to dismantle structural discrimination and advance wealth creation in communities of color.

Courses are subject to change at any time. Please check mySSA for the quarters, days, and times that courses will be held, as well as room numbers.