Scholarship Program Focus
Workshop: Addressing Community Polarization Using The Story Exchange Model
In this workshop participants will learn what story exchanges are, how they impact community well-being, and how to conduct story exchanges in their communities.
This will be particularly useful for cities seeking to examine the underlying issues related to low COVID vaccination rates, poor participation in city programs, and other public health or city initiatives. This model was developed for polarized communities based on our work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Race Matters in Baton Rouge. The ability to commune and share stories has had a powerful impact in Baton Rouge for those sharing stories and those seeking to make positive change in the community.
Policy Brief: The Lived Experiences of Unhoused Women During The COVID-19 Pandemic
The pandemic has had a disproportionately negative impact on women, and on women of color markedly so. They have borne the brunt of job losses, have higher rates of negative health impacts, and these issues have been exacerbated by the instability of housing in many communities. The purpose of this brief is to present policy recommendations for unhoused women during COVID. This epidemic has decreased stable housing access and increased spells of being unhoused among women and families. Based on interviews and focus groups of unhoused women, this brief addresses three questions:
- How have unhoused women experienced this COVID-19 pandemic in terms of housing?
- What recommendations do the women have based on how they have experienced these times for solutions to their experiences?
- What strategies are helpful for making housing within reach for unhoused women?
Workshop: Addressing COVID Burnout Among Frontline Workers
Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress. It is a set of symptoms, both physical and emotional exhaustion, that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. Research has shown the use of art can not only decrease these symptoms, but also begin to reverse them as well. The researchers will conduct a series of four 1-hour workshops for community leaders, frontline workers, city officials and other groups who have been caring for others during COVID.
About the Policy Scholars
Part of our three-pronged focus at E Pluribus Unum is to champion transformative policy change. We have worked to identify where inequities exist, their structural causes and the environments and conditions that perpetuate them. Now, we are working to accelerate change to create equal access to opportunity, democracy, safety, and protection under the law at the local, state and federal levels.
With the Policy Scholars program, E Pluribus Unum aims to help illuminate the policy challenges policymakers are facing while dealing with the compounded challenges of multiple systemic failures of the national response to the pandemic.
By elevating diverse voices from southern institutions and researchers with unique experiences and insights, E Pluribus Unum hopes to advance public policies that help all Americans prosper in strong, fair and sustainable communities.