Institute of Urban Policy

Op-Eds & Press

Op-Eds written by IUPRA staff

How MLK's death changed America
Kevin Cokley
Dallas News | March 2018

Brown v. Board of Education anniversary — re-segregate schools voluntarily for black students
kihana miraya ross
The Hill | December 2017

Texans Lose After Lawmakers Defund Office of Minority Health
Lauren Lluveras
Rivard Report | November 2017
The Monitor | November 2017
Amarillo Globe-News | November 2017
Austin American-Statesman | November 2017
Houston Chronicle | November 2017
San Antonio Express-News | November 2017

It’s wrong for Texas to criminalize abortions
Shavonne Henderson and Richa Gupta
Texas Tribune's TribTalk | November 2017

Why Texas doesn’t come close to having true democracy
Lauren Lluveras
Austin American-Statesman | October 2017
Corpus Christi Caller-Times | October 2017

Is racial bias driving Trump’s neglect of Puerto Rico?
Lauren Lluveras
Houston Chronicle | October 2017
Chicago Tribune | October 2017
The Conversation | October 2017
United Press International | October 2017

Puerto Rico: Racializing the federal response
Lauren Lluveras
The Globe Post | October 2017

Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy will make hurricane recovery brutal – here’s why
Lauren Lluveras
The Conversation | September 2017
Houston Chronicle | September 2017
Washington Post | September 2017

Trump isn’t urging patriotism; he’s provoking a culture war
Kevin Cokley
Austin American-Statesman | September 2017
Waco Tribune-Herald | September 2017
Rivard Report | September 2017

More universities need to embrace anti-hate policies
Shetal Vohra-Gupta and Naomi Reed
Houston Chronicle | August 2017

On race, America cannot look to Trump for moral leadership
Kevin Cokley
The Globe Post | August 2017

Australian woman’s death reveals the human toll of a police shooting
Kevin Cokley
The Globe and Mail | July 2017

JFK at 100: Celebrating women’s rights legacy
Laurie Green and Shetal Vohra-Gupta
USA TODAY | May 2017
Houston Chronicle | May 2017

Working moms to suffer under TrumpCare
Shetal Vohra-Gupta
The Hill | July 2017

Gaffes aside, what Ben Carson could do with the keys he holds
Shetal Vohra-Gupta
EBONY | March 2017

An open letter to Betsy DeVos: Listen to your community
Shetal Vohra-Gupta
Medium | January 2017
Huffington Post | February 2017

‘Our children can become president, too’: Obama’s presidency was a dream realized
Kevin Cokley
the grio | January 2017

What Martin Luther King Jr. may have thought about U.S. today
Kevin Cokley
Austin American-Statesman | January 2017
Dallas Morning News | January 2017
Psychology Today | January 2017
Texas Perspectives | January 2017
Virgin Islands Daily News | January 2017
Olean Times Herald | January 2017

Stop, drop, and pay retail workers what they’re worth while you’re benefiting from Black Friday
Shetal Vohra-Gupta
Medium | November 2016

Despite strides against HIV, there’s much work ahead
Michele Rountree
Houston Chronicle | November 2016

Fighting imposter syndrome
Kevin Cokley
The Alcalde | November 2016

Making America white again: The ‘white lash’ that carries Trump
Kevin Cokley
The Globe and Mail | November 2016

FBI Director James Comey has a long history of ignoring the truth
Amanda Woog
Washington Post | November 2016

Law enforcement funding should be tied to proper reporting of custodial deaths
Amanda Woog
Houston Chronicle | October 2016

What it means to be black in the American educational system
Kevin Cokley
The Conversation | October 2016

Toward a reproductive justice framework based on meaningful family choice
Amanda Woog and Shetal Vohra-Gupta
Harvard Law and Policy Review | September 2016

Who dies in police custody? Texas, California offer new tools to find out
Amanda Woog
The Conversation | August 2016
Huffington Post | August 2016
Houston Chronicle | August 2016

Lost in the rhetoric of race are too many lost lives
Kevin Cokley
The Globe and Mail | July 2016

Change police training tactics to stop shootings of black men
Kevin Cokley and Germine Awad
Dallas Morning News | July 2016

Beyonce, bell and biracial me: A thank you note by Naomi Reed
Naomi Reed
NewBlackMan (in Exile) | May 2016

Donald Trump, Militias, and the Paradox of “Whiteness History Month”
Naomi Reed
Truthout | April 2016

School-to-prison pipeline rooted in Nixon’s war on drugs
Lorna Hermosura
Austin American-Statesman | April 2016
San Antonio Express-News | April 2016

3 steps to chip away at the gender pay gap
Shetal Vohra-Gupta
Dallas Morning News | April 2016

Are all black students falling behind?
Kevin Cokley
The Conversation | April 2016
New Boston Post | April 2016

Texas must change how we learn about black lives in school
Naomi Reed and Karen Moran Jackson
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | February 2016

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘dream’ is on life-support
Kevin Cokley
Dallas Morning News | January 2016;
Austin American-Statesman | January 2016

Kids, dogs and law enforcement
Victor O. Obaseki
Texas Tribune’s Trib Talk | January 2016

Texas law on police shootings is only a start
Amanda Woog
Dallas Morning News | December 2015

After ‘Shakara’: 5 reforms to prevent police violence in schools
Amanda Woog, Naomi Reed, and Shetal Vohra-Gupta
EBONY | December 2015

Are Texas textbooks making cops more trigger-happy?
Naomi Reed
The Conversation | November 2015
Newsweek | November 2015

Real Talk: Ebony’s controversial Cosby Show cover is just what Dr. Huxtable ordered
Naomi Reed
Chicago Reader | October 2015

End racial disparities in school discipline
Kevin Cokley
San Antonio Express-News | September 2015
Houston Chronicle | September 2015
Dallas Morning News | September 2015
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | September 2015

On the clearance rack – the value of a working woman
Shetal Vohra-Gupta
Austin American-Statesman | September 2015



IUPRA in the press

Is Texas a true democracy?
Lauren Lluveras interviewed | Fox 26 Houston | November 2017

Puerto Rico two months after Maria: 5 essential reads
Lauren Lluveras quoted | The Conversation | November 2017

Free speech panel explores reach on college campuses
IUPRA event coverage | The Daily Texan | October 2017

Puerto Rico: Down so long, it could be up from here
Lauren Lluveras quoted | CBS Money Watch | October 2017

Trump vs. the NFL: Did anyone win? Was anything accomplished?
Kevin Cokley quoted | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | September 2017

Puerto Rico's road to recovery after Maria
Lauren Lluveras interviewed | Fox 7 | September 2017

Should hate speech be banned on campus?
Shetal Vohra-Gupta and Naomi Reed interviewed by North Texas NPR station KERA | September 2017

Kevin Cokley interviewed about Trump's comments on Charlottesville
Fox 7 Austin | August 2017

Kevin Cokley interviewed about the events in Charlottesville
Fox 7 | August 2017

Naomi Reed interviewed by Stephanie Lang on KAZI
July 2017

Feel Like a Fake? The Imposter Phenomenon Makes Racial Discrimination Worse
Kevin Cokley quoted and research referenced | Black Enterprise | April 2017

Study: Imposter syndrome causes mental distress in minority students
Kevin Cokley quoted and research referenced | USA TODAY | April 2017

Resident apathy sustains Austin racial divide
Eric Tang’s IUPRA report referenced | The Daily Texan | April 2017

Police’s blood-splattered past brought to light in new shootings database
Amanda Woog quoted on deaths in custody | Houston Chronicle | April 2017

Ford Foundation Awards Fellowship to Advance the Study of Black Student Activism and Identities
kihana ross' grant coverage | UT College of Liberal Arts News | April 2017

Imposter Feelings Fuel Negative Mental Health Outcomes for Minority Students, Study
Kevin Cokley’s research on imposter phenomenon released
University of Texas News | April 2017
UT College of Liberal Arts News | April 2017
Medical Xpress | April 2017
Inside Higher Ed | April 2017

Finding mentors who help students soar
Kevin Cokley quoted on imposter phenomenon research | American Psychological Association | April 2017

Educational Psychology Professor Kevin Cokley Selected as a Fellow in UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers
UT College of Education News | March 2017

Caring for Black Male Students Requires More Than Good Intentions, According to Education Study
kihana ross quoted on her work | UT News | March 2017

Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis says she struggles with 'impostor syndrome'
Kevin Cokley's work referenced | ABC News | Feb. 2017

Mount Airy mayor apologizes for controversial comments about African-Americans
Kevin Cokley interviewed | Winston-Salem Journal | Jan. 2017

Has Georgia achieved more racial progress than any other state in the nation?
Kevin Cokley interviewed | Atlantic Journal-Constitution | Jan. 2017

My Black UT Matter vigil supports student reflection on police-involved shootings
Kevin Cokley featured | Daily Texan | Nov. 2016

FOX 7 discussion: Reducing police violence
Kevin Cokley interviewed | FOX 7 Austin | Oct. 2016

Police in Texas shot 159 people over the past year as Houston led all cities in shootings by far
Amanda Woog quoted | Houston Chronicle | Sept. 2016

The Leslie Jones hack proves the internet still can’t accept successful dark-skinned women
Kevin Cokley quoted | VICE | Aug. 2016

7,000 Deaths in Custody
Amanda Woog’s Texas Justice Initiative launch coverage | The Atlantic | July 2015

KAZI discussion on affirmative action
Victor O. Obaseki interviewed | KAZI FM 88.7 | June 2016

The Ellison Report discussion on textbooks
Naomi Reed interviewed | The Ellison Report | Nov. 2015


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