Diversity

ASU research shows how deregulation could help minority businesses

If cities tweaked their regulations to make it easier to start a business, it might lead to more minority business ownership, according to an economist who analyzed a new Arizona State University dataset.

“I wanted to see, ‘Is there something we can put our finger on when it comes to the ease of doing business, and if we relax this barrier, will we see more minority business ownership?’ ” said Alicia Plemmons, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

ASU alumnus uses research, education to address health disparities in Native American communities

While working as a senior research scientist early on in his career, Arizona State University alumnus Dave Wilson noticed that he didn’t see many people who looked like him in the lab.

“I really began to think, ‘Why don't other members from tribal communities have the same rich experience that I'm having right now?’ I had to make a career decision whether I was going to be a bench scientist for the rest of my life or think about ways to have a greater impact,” Wilson said.

Canceling student debt to address systemic racism

Noted educator, scholar and journalist Andre Perry will deliver the third annual Graduate College Distinguished Lecture, “Canceling student debt is anti-racist (and why we must do it),” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

Perry, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss how centering student debt policy around students of color would help to combat historic systemic racism that has prevented people of color from gaining the wealth they were denied for centuries.

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