Campus Event: Anthony Foxx – Thomas Baker

Growing up around Charlotte, I was familiar with the name Anthony Foxx but I didn’t know much about him other than the fact that he had been our mayor and served on Obama’s cabinet. I heard that he was coming to Davidson through my involvement with the Davidson Democrats and also learned that he had been head of the Department of Transportation. Doesn’t sound nearly as interesting as Department of Defense or Secretary of State, but I went because a lot of my friends were attending. I’m glad I did though because it completely changed my perspective and made me reconsider my entire career. He talked about how transportation infrastructure and city planning intersects race, healthcare, and the economy. I had never thought of it that way before. The way highways, bridges, and tunnels are used to segregate races and classes. He also mentioned how the work he did directly impacted the everyday lives of Americans. A lot of policy decisions are so abstract that it can be a while before they impact the everyday citizen, but people use roads, trains, hospitals, sidewalks, etc every single day. I went back to my dorm and binged city planning and development videos until 5 am, and I had an 8:30 class! I now have realized my love for healthcare isn’t in being a doctor directly but in public health and city government.

Davidson Democrats with Anthony Foxx

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