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What's Happening This Month

New Location
Due to construction in Belmont IUPRA has temporarily been relocated to Jester A232A. Click Here for directions.

IUPRA Would Like to Welcome Our New Director, Dr. Kevin Cokley
Dr. King Davis has given IUPRA three great years of dedication and perseverance to make the vision of IUPRA a reality. With his tenure coming to an end we gladly recognize Dr. Kevin Cokley for picking up the torch and embracing IUPRA's cause and mission. Even though we are under new leadership we will continue to advocate for equality of access, opportunity, and choice for populations of color and the poor through applied policy research. 

Featured Brief 

Drawing on Census Data, UT’s Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) has just released an issue brief entitled “Outlier: The Case of Austin’s Declining African- American Population. 

The brief reveals that Austin, with a 20.4% growth rate between 2000 and 2010, was the only city in the nation with a double-digit general population growth rate coincident with African-American population decline.

According to Dr. King Davis, director of IUPRA, “Every city in the nation with growth comparable to that of Austin’s—even cities with only half of Austin’s growth rate—saw a simultaneous increase in its African-American population. Only in Austin was the opposite true.”

Listen to brief author, Professor Eric Tang, in his interview with KUT explaining why Austin is seeing a decline in its Black community. 

The brief points to lingering structural inequalities that disproportionately impact African Americans in Austin: the legacy of segregation, the intensification of gentrification, and inequalities in policing and public education. 

“These population trends certainly do not square with Austin’s reputation as a tolerant city, a liberal city,” according to Dr. Eric Tang, author of the study.

This brief is the first in a series on African Americans and the inequalities they face in Austin.

In The News

See KUT's story about our recent brief on Austin's declining African American population "Austin's the Only Fast-Growing City in the Country Losing African-Americans"  sound bite of KUT reporter David Brown interviewing Dr. Eric Tang included.   

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