Splash Biography

ROBBY HILL, Yale Undergrad and Housing Advocate

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a rising sophomore at Yale and the partnerships coordinator for DesegregateCT - a statewide research and advocacy group working towards statewide zoning reforms to increase housing availability and affordability.

Past Classes

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X4388: Jim Crow Zoning - How Towns Stay Segregated in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 24, 2021)
Throughout the twentieth century, private individuals and government agencies used racist housing policies like redlining and racial covenants to keep Black people out of predominantly white towns and cities. In recent history, these explicitly racist practices have ceased to exist. In their place, towns have found new ways to exclude poor people and people of color. One of these methods? Zoning codes. In this class, we'll learn how wealthy towns use exclusive zoning -- sometimes called "Jim Crow Zoning" -- to drive up home prices and limit availability. We'll discuss what this looks like in Connecticut and what we can do as citizens to fix it.