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MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
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About the Metropolitan Policy Center


America is at a critical moment in our nation’s history. We at the Metropolitan Policy Center stand for evidence-based policies that lead to a more equitable society. We look forward to a productive 2021- 2022 academic year.

MPC is a resource for understanding social unrest. We have a cluster of scholars who have been engaged with scholarship examining and addressing the undercurrents of unrest. Please reach out to us for assistance on this critical topic.

Understanding urban policy and unrest course syllabus.

2021-2022 Academic Year Events

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sine Distinguished Lecturer: Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot of Chicago
Virtual Program, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Urban Speaker Series: Akira Drake Rodriguez
Virtual Program, 5:30pm – 6:30pm 
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Cappuccino City: Gentrification and Criminal Justice in the District of Columbia
Virtual Program, 3pm- 4pm 
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American University's School of Public Affairs is number 17 in Urban Policy

Professor Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, collaborates with Southwest DC Action on a community research project.

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SPA Professor and Center Explore the Path to Equitable Development

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New Report Reveals Influence of Race in D.C.-Area Residents' Lives

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Row Houses in Washington, DC

LeDroit Park row houses in Washington D.C. Flickr User Andrew