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School Closures and Black Depopulation

School Closures and Black Depopulation in Austin, Texas


Presented by
Ricardo H. Lowe


Thursday, February 13, 2020
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Brazos Hall

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This project explores the role of local public policy – in particular, school closing decisions – in displacing Austin African Americans from their homes and neighborhoods in the heart of Texas.

Ricardo H. Lowe, Jr. is a Research Associate for IUPRA, the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, at The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctoral Student in Applied Demography at UT San Antonio. He served five years as a federal statistician and is well-versed in statistical application and quantitative methods. His research interests are broad, but typically involve suburbanization, maternal health, and education. Ricardo also is a trained sociologist, and holds membership with the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS), along with two nationally renowned Honor Societies – Alpha Kappa Delta and Alpha Chi.