Hafner speaks with CNBC about how the coronavirus will worsen inequalities

CNBC utilized the expertise of UW–Madison’s Madeline Hafner for a report examining how the coronavirus might worsen existing racial and economic inequalities in America’s school systems.

Madeline Hafner

Hefner is the executive director of the Minority Student Achievement Network, which is housed in the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Hafner said the coronavirus will have “grave implications” for minority and disadvantaged students.

The past five or six months have “really brought to light these racial disparities that have persisted for generations,” she said.

“The nexus of schooling, health care, and the nature of this virus are all coming to create this perfect storm.”

Hafner pointed out that Black and Brown families are disproportionately affected by the virus, because they face inequality in health care and many families live in multi-generational housing.

For more on this important topic, check out the full article on the CNBC website, here.