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Building Futures 2021

Racial Equity, Access to Credit, and Financial Stability at the Intersection of Homeownership


Thursday, March 11
6:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

We invite you to join us for Habitat Charlotte Region’s sixth annual Building Futures Affordable Housing Symposium where author and UC Irvine Law Professor Mehrsa Baradaran will delve into the crucial roles that banks and financial institutions have played in creating and maintaining racial injustice in our country, including wealth inequity and racial discrimination.

Ms. Baradaran will be joined by Natosha Reid Rice, Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, where they will field attendee questions.

Building Futures is free of charge, open to the public, and part of Habitat Charlotte Region’s Beloved Community initiative in support of racial equity and affordable housing.

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About Our Speakers

About Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran is a professor of law at UCI Law. Previously, she was the Robert Cotten Alston Chair in Corporate Law and Associate Dean for strategic initiatives with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts and national and international faculty scholarship recognition at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Baradaran writes about banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. Her scholarship includes the books How the Other Half Banks and The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, both published by the Harvard University Press. The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap was awarded the Best Book of the Year by the Urban Affairs Association, the PROSE Award Honorable Mention in the Business, Finance & Management category. Baradaran was also selected as a finalist at the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Awards for the book in the category of history/biography.


About Natosha Reid Rice

Natosha Reid Rice leads the development and the execution of Habitat for Humanity’s global strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion. In her previous role, Rice served as Habitat’s associate general counsel for real estate and finance.

Prior to Habitat, Rice served as an attorney specializing in real estate, an area where many Black people and other communities of color have experienced decades of disadvantage and systemic discrimination. She has also worked as a college professor teaching on the political and practical issues related to community development. In addition to her work at Habitat, Rice serves as minister for public life at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.