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AU Newsmakers 7.2-7.10, 2020
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Here's What the DMV Could Lose if International Students Are Forced to Return to Their Home Countries
Fanta Aw, vice president of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, spoke to WUSA9 about the consequences of a new Trump administration policy that could force international students to return home. Aw said, “Whether it's technology, whether it's medical advancements, international students have been very much conducting major research in U.S. universities.” (7/10)
More Latino-Owned Businesses Continue to Suffer Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
Latin Post featured a new report from the Center for Latino & Latin American Studies that found that Latino-owned businesses have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. (7/6)

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Black America and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Assistant Professor of Communication Sherri Williams wrote an article for the NAACP's “The Crisis” magazine about the pandemic's impact on Black America. Williams wrote, “By the end of May, Black America found itself immersed in three structural and avoidable major crises: the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, a debilitating economic recession and a fiery racial justice uprising.” (7/3)
Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?
Randolph Persaud, associate professor in the School of International Service, contributed to an article in Foreign Policy Magazine about how the IR field has fallen short in researching and teaching racism. Persaud wrote, “The killing of George Floyd and the movement for change that it has sparked mark a historical moment in democratizing democracy.” (7/3)
How to Infuse Trans-Inclusive Housing in Your University-Wide Changes
Consuelo Grier and Anna Morrison of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion co-wrote an article for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about how universities can adopt inclusive housing options while making housing changes in the wake of COVID-19. Grier and Morrison wrote, “This is also an opportunity to do better about serving those that have traditionally been on the margins.” (7/9)
Valuable lessons from Summer Camp
Iris Krasnow, professor emerita in the School of Professional & Extended Studies, wrote an article for The Washington Post about her newly released book, “Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship, Courage, and Loyalty” and how important summer camps can be for the development of children. Krasnow wrote, “A camp education is as much about fostering emotional development as it is about mastering physical feats.” (7/8)
Coronavirus's Painful Side Effect Is Deep Budget Cuts for State and Local Government Services
Carla Flink, assistant professor of public affairs, write an article for The Conversation about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state and local budgets. Flink wrote, “Without more federal aid or access to other sources of money (like reserve funds or borrowing), government officials have made it clear: Budget cuts will be happening in the coming years.” (7/10)

Recession Led by Services Sector Is Particularly Painful for Latino Workers
Assistant Professor of Economics Gabriel Mathy spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how the pandemic-caused recession has impacted Latino workers. Bradley Hardy, associate professor of public affairs, also spoke to The Wall Street Journal about unemployment numbers. Gray Kimbrough, professor of public affairs, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the coronavirus's impact on millennials' economic situation. (7/5, 7/9)
Unhappy Voters Could Deliver Political Shocks Beyond Trump
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to The Hill about how voter unhappiness could translate into political consequences beyond the presidential elections. Lichtman said, “Someone safer or more reassuring may have an appeal in times of turmoil.” Lichtman also co-wrote an article for The Hill about the risks of reopening the country. (7/4, 7/6)
How to Talk to Your Family, Friends about Racism and White Privilege
Amanda Taylor, assistant vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, spoke to USA Today about how to have conversations with loved ones about racism and privilege. Taylor said, “We must remember that real learning—about anything—actually only happens when we are uncomfortable.” (7/6)
Trump Sets Date to End WHO Membership Over Its Handling of Virus
Lindsay Wiley, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to NPR about the consequences of the U.S. pulling out of the WHO. Wiley said, “Given that our vaccine manufacturing capabilities within the U.S. are limited, to withdraw from the organization at this stage in the crisis, when we're on the cusp of developing a safe and effective vaccine and thinking about how to distribute it, would be a dire mistake.” Wiley also spoke to The Washington Post about enforcing face mask requirements. (7/7, 7/8)
Why Black Activists Are Fighting for D.C. Statehood
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to Mashable about D.C. statehood. Lublin wrote, “The reality is [D.C. residents] have never protested in large numbers for statehood… the current Black Lives Matter protests have emerged around the issue of equal rights for D.C.” (7/3)
Democratic Leaders Look to Women to Protect House Majority
Bloomberg Government featured a Women & Politics Institute event about women running in 2020 Congressional elections. The event was also featured on C-SPAN. (7/9, 7/8)
Internet Power and Control May Fall Simply Into China's Lap
Laura DeNardis, interim dean of the School of Communication, spoke to Signal Magazine about Chinese internet control. DeNardis said, “Not only do they control the network, but they also co-opt the network in order to propel their political aims—such as censoring, surveillance and enacting control over citizens.” (7/8)

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