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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

 Hands holding a model of a house
Max Schulte
Donna Robinson, who traveled from Buffalo to Rochester on Thursday, takes part in a rally at Rochester’s Hall of Justice, where advocates for renters in New York state are demanding that lawmakers pass legislation to protect renters by setting up a statewide rental subsidy program for low-income New Yorkers who are homeless, facing eviction, or at risk of losing their housing.

First hour: Advocates on the state of housing and housing legislation in New York

Second hour: How the SCOTUS affirmative action decision will affect the admissions process

Local housing advocates are criticizing Governor Hochul and New York lawmakers for not passing any major housing legislation this session. The advocates join us to discuss the state of housing and their ideas for where to go next. Our guests:

  • Ritti Singh, communications organizer for Housing Justice for All
  • Kim Smith, member of Rochester City Council, and political director for VOCAL-NY
  • Lisle Coleman, tenant organizer with the City-Wide Tenant Union

Then in our second hour, how will the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on affirmative action change the admissions process for colleges and universities? What does it mean for high school students and guidance counselors? We sit down with representatives from local education institutions to discuss these questions and what they expect going forward. Our guests:

  • Rev. Melanie Duguid-May, Ph.D., dean of faculty, and professor of theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
  • Jonathan Kent, vice president for enrollment management at Alfred University
  • John Serafine, interim principal at McQuaid Jesuit High School
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.