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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


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. We look forward to an exciting summer and can't wait to see you in the 2022- 2023 academic school year! 

Understanding urban policy and unrest course syllabus.

2022-2023 Academic Year Events

Thursday, October 20, 2022
Urban Speaker Series: Colin Gordon
American University, Kerwin 301, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Thursday, November 17, 2022
Urban Speaker Series: Jennifer Cobbina
American University, Kerwin 301, 5:30pm- 6:30pm 
There will also be a virtual option to this event. 

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

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