Meet the Inaugural Policy Scholars

Through the Policy Scholars program, E Pluribus Unum seeks to engage with researchers to advance public policy by providing independent, in-depth and insightful policy recommendations that advance equity and address systemic racism in America. The program will foster the creation of high-quality research and innovative policy prescriptions that can be impactful in the American South.

In its inaugural year, the program has identified five exemplary scholars from across the southeast whose work will inform EPU’s engagement with elected officials and community leaders across a range of issue areas including: the intersection of health and housing, community resilience, environmental justice, and minority entrepreneurship.

Leslie Taylor Grover, Ph.D.

President-Founder, Assisi House, Inc.

Dr. Grover will be working in conjunction with Dr. Hines on the production of research and a set of workshops that provide actionable tools for policy makers to address pandemic induced housing challenges, a model of engagement for communities addressing contentious subjects, and addressing burnout among frontline workers during the pandemic.

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Revathi Hines, Ph.D.

Vice President, Assisi House, Inc.

Dr. Hines will be working in conjunction with Dr. Grover on the production of research and a set of workshops that provide actionable tools for policy makers to address pandemic induced housing challenges, a model of engagement for communities addressing contentious subjects, and addressing burnout among frontline workers during the pandemic.

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Mark Little, Ph.D.

Executive Direction, CREATE, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In his research, Dr. Little will leverage his combined experience researching southern economic development and his work with the United Nations (UN) to explore how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can be applied to the American South to address longstanding racial inequities.

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Gregory N. Price, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, University of New Orleans

As an economist, Dr. Price’s work will bring both an economic and a racial equity lens to examining the distribution of environmental quality, entrepreneurship opportunities for the justice involved, and the distribution of recovery funding.

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Stephen Sills, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of The Center for Housing and Community Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Leveraging his years of experience as an applied researcher, Dr. Sills will provide innovative approaches for community leaders to uncover and address disparities linked to historical disinvestment and discrimination in housing.

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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.

2022 Application Process

Beginning in the fall of 2021, EPU will announce a call for proposals and solicit applications nationally from prospective applicants. EPU will provide guidance to applicants regarding the universe of areas from which they can choose to focus their proposals for that year’s submissions. This process will be a central feature in EPU’s policy agenda for the calendar year. Applicants will be expected to submit proposals that address the identified issue areas and will be judged based on an established set of criteria to be designed internally by the EPU team.