Former New Orleans Mayor and E Pluribus Unum Founder and President Mitch Landrieu announced his organization’s inaugural cohort of policy scholars today.
Landrieu’s initiative seeks to engage with researchers across the south to advance public policy by providing independent, in-depth, and actionable policy recommendations that advance racial equity and address systemic racism in America.
E Pluribus Unum, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, has a mission is to build a more just, inclusive, and equitable south while uprooting barriers that have long divided the American south by race and class.
EPU says, “We believe that the solutions to our problems as a nation will come from and by the south. If we don’t utilize the intellectual capital the bright minds of today afford the south, we risk losing it and missing opportunities to create the south as we should have in the first place. That’s why we’re tapping southern scholars to address the issues we face.”
While E Pluribus Unum aims to help illuminate the policy challenges policymakers are facing while dealing with the compounded challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, they say their focus will be on actions at the state and local levels.
Landrieu said, “Though the events of the past year and a half have sparked a nationwide conversation around racial equity and systemic racism, policy changes have been few and fleeting. Institutionalized racism pervades nearly every system in the nation while leaders at every level are trying to understand our nation’s collective failure to fully address the long-standing issues of police brutality, poverty, the racial wealth gap, and deeply entrenched healthcare inequities.”
Through this initiative, E Pluribus Unum says they will elevate diverse voices from southern institutions and researchers with unique experiences and insights.
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