Housing Finance & Social Equity: Addressing Race and Racism in Mortgage Lending

Location: Hybrid: Online & In-Person

Speaker(s): Vanessa Perry

Persistent racial and ethnic disparities in access to homeownership have created the need to examine whether—and how—to change aspects of the complex and rapidly changing US housing finance system. This challenge, and the foundational questions it raises, will be the focus of a series of public lectures given by practitioners and scholars in conjunction with a class on housing finance and equity offered by MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Vanessa Perry, the first speaker in the series, is Vice Dean for Strategy; Special Advisor to the Dean; Professor of Marketing; and Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy at the GW School of Business. Perry, who has done extensive research on race and racism in mortgage lending, is also a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute and has served as a senior advisor to the US Secretary Housing and Urban Development and senior economist at Freddie Mac.

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Co-Sponsor(s): MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning , MIT’s Golub Center for Finance and Policy

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