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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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First hour: Discussing the wealth gap created by the pandemic housing market

Second hour: Miriam Moore-Burt and Bill Moehle on DEI work in the Town of Brighton

According to the New York Times, Americans who own homes have gained more than $6 trillion in housing equity during the pandemic. But what about first-time home buyers or people who are unable to buy a home? What are the ripple effects of this trend in the housing market? This hour, we discuss the economics of the issue and the spillover effects with our guest:

  • Amit Batabyal, Arthur J Gosnell Professor in Economics at RIT

Then in our second hour, the Town of Brighton has named a chief diversity officer. Miriam Moore-Burt previously served at the YWCA as the agency's vice president of racial equity. Brighton is the first town in Monroe County to have a chief diversity officer. We talk with Moore-Burt and Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle about the new position and Brighton's goals for its Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advisory (IDEA) Plan. Our guests:

  • Miriam Moore-Burt, chief diversity officer for the Town of Brighton
  • Bill Moehle, Brighton Town Supervisor
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.