Lori Thomas

Director, Institute for Social Capital
Director of Research and Faculty Engagement
Sycamore 202-A
704-687-7037

Stories by Lori Thomas

A Groundswell for Charlotte: New Gambrell Faculty Fellows address Economic Mobility

Groundswells are a series of waves formed by storm systems off the coast, so-named because the energy from their waves reaches the floor of the ocean at a thousand foot depths.



Myths about closing the racial wealth gap

Most efforts to increase economic stability operate under the assumption that helping individuals increase one key asset will eliminate wealth disparities. Educational attainment, long seen as the...

Savings, investment and racial wealth gap over generations

Wealth serves as a buffer through economic downturns, job loss, and other unexpected emergencies such the COVID-19 pandemic. In Charlotte, households of color are more than twice as likely to lack...

Home ownership and the legacy of redlining: Charlotte’s racial wealth gap

This is the third in an ongoing series, based on a report by the Urban Institute.



COVID-19 exposes the impact of the racial wealth gap

In the United States, White households have 10 times the wealth of Black households and 7 times the wealth of Latinx households.This has not occurred by mere happenstance. Wealth is built through a...