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COVID-19 deaths among Black essential workers linked to racial disparities

Study co-authors Tiana Rogers, Ph.D., and Charles Rogers, Ph.D. A new study co-authored by Tiana Rogers, a Program Manager for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team, found that Black people disproportionally work in nine essential occupations that increase their exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. “I find it ironic that the people we depend on as essential workers [...]

2020-09-16T15:30:18-07:00September 16th, 2020|

Sorenson Impact Center names impact investor Geoff Davis CEO

Geoff Davis will take on the new role of CEO for the Sorenson Impact Center at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He begins his new position on July 13, 2020. Davis is a seasoned entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur turned impact investor, and his most recent position was CEO & Managing Partner of Cicero Impact Capital. He will bring [...]

2020-06-30T13:10:01-07:00June 30th, 2020|

Sorenson Impact Center addresses declining higher ed enrollments

In his 2018 book Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education, Nathan Grawe projected that a 10% decline in new students enrolling in higher education facilities would occur from 2018 to 2029. However, with the growing pandemic, it is possible this decline will happen within the coming year, nine years before Grawe’s hypothesis. This general decline in enrollment is not only detrimental to the [...]

2020-06-26T08:44:32-07:00June 24th, 2020|

Project apART: Promoting continuous creativity amidst COVID-19

During times of significant change, artistic movements have been a pivotal source of imagination, innovation, and community. Every pandemic throughout history has redefined the boundaries of artistic expression, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” to employ storytelling during the 14th Century Black Plague, and Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” to embrace togetherness after surviving the 20th Century flu, and COVID-19 likely will do the same. [...]

2020-05-01T13:49:29-07:00May 1st, 2020|

Ivory Prize for Housing Innovation announces 2020 winners

Ivory Innovations is proud to announce the winners of this year's Ivory Prize in Housing Innovation. The winners, in three categories, are entities making measurable and scalable strides in housing affordability. The winners are: Finance Rhino; New York, New York Rhino partners with building owners and managers to offer low-cost insurance as an alternative to cash security deposits. Acting as an insurer for property [...]

2020-04-20T14:40:15-07:00April 20th, 2020|

The social impact of coronavirus and COVID-19

We've been hearing quite a bit about the medical and economic impacts of COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. But what about its social impact? The data science team at Sorenson Impact Center set out to measure just that, and they have a fascinating look at their findings in Forbes. And be sure to take a look at their interactive data map.

2020-04-15T16:13:17-07:00April 15th, 2020|

Sorenson Impact Center, Forbes launch list of top opportunity zone catalysts

The Forbes OZ 20: Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts​, a partnership between the Sorenson Impact Center and Forbes, has today announced a new list recognizing community organizations and OZ Funds that are committed to achieving equitable economic growth in underserved and overlooked communities throughout the country. More than 8,700 opportunity zones were designated as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. These zones [...]

2019-12-12T09:56:18-07:00December 12th, 2019|