WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

Dr. Perry Participates in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Forum on Black Homeownership 
Vanessa Perry, associate dean for faculty and research, and professor of marketing, yesterday took part in a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Virtual Annual Legislative Conference session on the “State of Homeownership in Black America: Challenges, Opportunities, and Public Policy.” The event was presented by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).
“Despite the emphasis on this aspect of the ‘American Dream’ in popular culture and among scholars and policymakers, Black and other minority families have faced a number of barriers to homeownership, most of which can be traced to cumulative disadvantage and structural inequalities,” Dr. Perry said. “In the years since the 2008 crisis, homeownership opportunities for Black Americans had begun to take a promising turn. However, in early 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic very quickly began to threaten the lives, health, and economic viability of Black households across the United States.”
Dr. Perry is the lead author of a recently completed research paper, “2020 State of Homeownership in Black America: Challenges Facing Black Homeowners and Homebuyers During the COVID-19 Pandemic and an Agenda for Public Policy,” for the NAREB. The research presents the current state of homeownership for Black households in the U.S., market opportunities for Black homebuyers, key demographic and economic characteristics that differentiate Black homeowners, a profile of Black mortgage loan applicants and borrowers based on mortgage underwriting criteria, and recommendations for impactful public policy interventions from federal, state and local governments, the mortgage market and the real estate industry.
“This was the first CBCF virtual conference, but there was no shortage of excellent speakers and insights,” Dr. Perry said. 
GWSB Moves Up in 2021 QS Rankings 
The George Washington University School of Business scored high marks in Quacquarelli Symonds’ 2021 QS World University Rankings, released this week. GWSB’s rankings improved over last year’s in several key categories.
  • #39 (up from #53 last year) among U.S. institutions, #96 globally, in the QS Global MBA Rankings.
  • #15 among U.S. institutions, #31 globally (up from #32 last year) in the QS Business Masters Rankings: Business Analytics
  • #20 among U.S. institutions, #65 globally (up from #68 last year) in the QS Business Masters Rankings: Finance
  • #13 among U.S. institutions (up from #15 last year), #86 globally (up from #98 last year) in the QS Business Masters Rankings: Management
Getting to Know Your Colleague...
Name: Keehea Moon 
Title: Assistant Professor of Accountancy 
How long have you been at GWSB? I joined GWSB last August 1, so this is my second month. 
Job duties: I conduct research that examines the determinants and consequences of corporate disclosures with a special interest in the influence of top managers. I also teach Introductory Financial Accounting for undergraduate students at GWSB. 
What do you like to do on weekends? If we were not in the COVID-19 era, I would normally be checking out new restaurants or cafes, visiting museums for new exhibitions, and walking around different neighborhoods.    
Family: I moved here alone so I’m looking forward to making new friends here. 
A favorite book: I always find it hard to pick one favorite thing, so I’ll go with what I’m currently reading. I have What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami on my nightstand. 
A favorite movie: Same here. The two movies that I recently watched and enjoyed watching are Little Women and Marriage Story
A favorite musical performer, song or album: This too is hard to pick because I pretty much listen to all kinds of music. I’ve been listening to Eddie Higgins Trio again lately. I like their version of “Autumn Leaves,” especially around this time of the year, and their Christmas songs are always on my playlist during December. 
Something my co-workers don’t know about me: I said I find it hard to pick one favorite thing, but my all-time favorite snack is chocolate chip cookies.
GTB Fall 2020 Schedule
Next week on George Talks Business, Dean Anuj Mehrotra will interview Sandeep Dadlani, chief digital officer of Mars, Inc., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. ET.
Please visit the GTB page to register for the live stream on the GWSB Facebook page or YouTube channel and for information on the guests scheduled for Fall 2020.

Indigenous Tourism Forum Of The America
A Virtual Gathering of Indigenous Leaders
Before the spread of COVID, tourism provided a promising approach to sustainable development — a way for indigenous communities to alleviate poverty, increase access to healthcare and education, and conserve cultural and natural resources. Tourism gave indigenous people a voice, and a way to shape and share their own narratives.
We hope you’ll join indigenous, tourism, business and government leaders to discuss current realities as well as to prepare for a post-pandemic future, at the virtual Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas, Oct. 12-16.
 
The forum, organized by the Organization of American States and GW’s International Institute of Tourism Studies, in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, will feature six roundtable sessions, 24 speakers — most of whom are Indigenous leaders — and moderators including the CEO/Founder of Skift, a leading tourism publication, and members of the media from Indian Country Today, National Geographic, NPR, and Travel Weekly. In addition, participants can join virtual tours to Guyana, New Mexico, British Columbia, Canada, Peru and South Dakota.
  • What Steps Can Leaders Take to Plan for Reopening their Communities
  • How Can Tourism Drive Economic Recovery Post-COVID-19?
  • How Can Indigenous Communities Access Financing Opportunities?
A study conducted by the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center was featured in a MarketWatch article, “Opinion: Hope to retire someday? See if you can answer these six simple questions.”
 
Dean Anuj Mehrotra was mentioned in GW Today article about last week’s George Talks Business session with Ellen M. Zane, B.A. ’73, vice chair of the GW Board of Trustees, “Willingness to Take Risks 'Absolutely Integral to Success.'


GWSB is #6 for international business in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking released last week.
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