Mu Beta Fights for Fair Equitable Housing 

Submitted by Lauren Bordeaux & Amaya Cheek 

From studying the poverty trends in our country, Past National President Fudge recalled early the differences zip codes had on determining the quality of one’s education, housing, and income. These differences became exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a

On Feb. 23, 2022, the Mu Beta Chapter at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., had the privilege of hosting the event: Fighting for Fair Equitable Housing with the 18th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and 21st Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Honorable Marcia L. Fudge. Moderated by Soror Lauren Bordeaux, SP ‘21 initiate of the Mu Beta Chapter, Soror Fudge provided exclusive insight not only into her career, but on how everyone can work collaboratively to improve the quality of life for members of their community and beyond. 

From studying the poverty trends in our country, Past National President Fudge recalled early the differences zip codes had on determining the quality of one’s education, housing, and income. These differences became exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with access to affordable housing becoming more limited. Soror Fudge emphasized the importance of education during the discussion, encouraging Black home ownership and providing resources to help those displaced by gentrification or environmental racism.

“Black people are most affected by environmental racism,” Soror Fudge opined to Soror Bordeaux, and through public service she said all could play a part ensuring equitable housing for all.

One of the most distinctive moments from our discussion would be Soror Fudge’s optimism for the future. One initiative is Build Back Better, a framework passed in November 2021 that focuses on several areas to bolster the economic future of the country by bringing down costs and strengthening the middle class in generations through affordable housing. Past National President Fudge urged attendees to increase their participation in local government and through active social activism and public service there is hope.

The Mu Beta Chapter would like to thank all of sorors and community members for engaging with the chapter. The chapter offered a special thanks to Eastern Regional Director Soror Rosie Allen-Herring,  DC State Coordinator Soror Andrea Williams, and Charter Member Soror Theresa Weston Saunders for their support of this monumental event.

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