Have you ever wondered how St. Louis became and remains one of the most segregated citiesin America? Why do our neighbors in segregated communities suffer from substandardhousing, poor schools, food deserts, inadequate transit and lack of access to employment andhealth care? What do we lose in human interactions by the lack of diversity in our community?
Our guests, Dr. Jason Purnell and Dr. Molly Metzger will speak about a century of discriminatory housing policies and practices in St. Louis. As Dr. Purnell wrote in the St. Louis American, “It’s not a pretty history, and we continue to live with its effects.” Dr. Purnell, one of the authors of the report,“Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide”, and Dr. Metzger will give us a vision of abetter future with actionable recommendations.To quote from the report, “It is time to recognize and dismantle these divides for a more consciously inclusive and equitable St. Louis Region”.
Dr. Molly Metzger is an assistant professor at Washington University, a board member at theMetro St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC), and a founding member of St. Louis’s “Team TIF”. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2012. Her forthcoming book, “Facing Segregation: Policy Solutions for a Stronger Society,” will be out in November 2018.
Dr. Jason Purnell, an associate professor in the Brown School at Washington University, is the director of Health Equity Works (formerly For the Sake of All), a research-based initiative that translates data and research on the determinants of health into products to accelerate community action for health equity and opportunity. Dr. Purnell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a bachelor’s degree in government and philosophy. His doctoral degree in counseling psychology is from The Ohio State University. Dr. Purnell is a licensed psychologist and serves as member of the board of trustees of Beyond Housing.