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AU Newsmakers 5.29-6.4, 2020
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AU Report Outlines Racial Disparities in the Washington Region
American University's Metropolitan Policy Center released findings from the 2018 D.C. Area Survey that show how racial disparities impact the daily lives of D.C. residents. The survey and its results were featured in The Washington Post. (5/29)

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Better Coordination Is Key to Reenergizing U.S.-Mexico Trade
Earl Anthony Wayne, diplomat-in-residence in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Hill about U.S.-Mexico trade. Wayne wrote, “Mexico and the U.S. should establish mechanisms for addressing supply chain issues on a regular basis going forward.” (5/29)

AU Experts: Systemic Racism
Amanda Taylor, assistant vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to NBC4 about addressing white privilige and racial disparities. Taylor said, “What we want to be really clear on is that white privilege doesn't mean that you don't have a hard life. What white privilege means is that your race is not one of the reasons you have a hard life.” Taylor also spoke to USA Today about how to take action against racism. Malini Ranganathan, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Vox about how to be antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, penned an article for The Atlantic and spoke with Vox's Today Explained, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and HuffPost Canada. Janice Iwama, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about the racial makeup of urban police forces. (5/29, 5/30, 5/31, 6/1, 6/2, 6/3, 6/4)
AU Experts: Policing, Protests and Politics
Sherri Williams, assistant professor in the School of Communication, spoke to WUSA9 about the protests occurring across America. Williams said, “This is really just a continuation of what has always happened in this country: People showing up and demanding justice, putting their bodies on the line so that those in power can see that things need to change, that inequity is no longer the status quo.” Williams also spoke to Hearst Televsion. Derek Hyra, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Hill about how the Trump administration's response to the crisis has made things worse. Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to The Hill and wrote an article for The New York Daily News about President Trump's tweets about the protests. Associate Professor of History Gautham Rao wrote an article for CNN about the decision to deploy armed forces against protestors. Washington College of Law Professor Andrew Guthrie Ferguson spoke to The Washington Post about surveillance. Executive-in-Residence in the School of Public Affairs Capri Cafaro spoke to AFP about the impact of the protests on the 2020 Elections, and Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute for Policy & Politics, spoke to Pacific News. (6/2, 6/1, 6/3, 6/4)
AU Experts: Corporate Response to Racism
School of Communication Associate Professor Wendy Melillo spoke to CNBC about how corporations should weigh in about racism and the protests. Melillo said, “The more vague the messaging, the more consumers are going to call companies out.” Melillo also spoke to Deutsche Welle about how corporations respond. Sherri Williams, assistant professor in the School of Communication, spoke with The Daily Beast about the response of beauty and fashion brands. Jeremi Duru, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Undefeated about responses from the NFL. (6/2, 6/3)
The Keys to a Successful Work-From-Home Internship
Jill Klein, interim dean for the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how organizations can engage their virtual interns. Klein suggested involving interns in meetings they may normally not have been invited to, or scheduling virtual coffee meetings with veteran employees. (6/1)
Will Las Vegas Casinos' Safety Plans Lure Back Visitors?
Ron Hill, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to the Las Vegas Review Journal, about safety measures casinos should take as they attempt to reopen. Hill said, “Vegas needs to find a way (to reopen) where it doesn't take away from the experience, but at the same time, is protecting people.” (5/31)
Fact Check: Was GOP Founded 'To Counter the Democrats' Plans to Expand Slavery'?
James Thurber, professor of public affairs, spoke to USA Today about claims that the GOP was founded to counter the then-Democrats' plan to expand slavery. Thurber said, “It is not accurate nor fair to describe that as the Democrats' plan.” (5/29)

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