Fika is a weekly coffee that takes place at 10 a.m. at the Blue House every Thursday. Fikas are free and open to the public. Coffee, bread, butter, and jam are provided! 

Join us for a conversation with Maxwell Ciardullo, Director of Policy and Communications for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, about the work that GNOFHAC did around the Data Center's Tricentennial Index. In this work, they explore the historical and contemporary dividing lines in New Orleans, and how, like in most American cities, they fall along categories of black and white, race and ethnicity. Come gain an understanding of the history of neighborhood segregation in New Orleans and how it is essential to combating contemporary racial disparities in wealth, access to opportunity, and vulnerability to disaster risk.

Maxwell Ciardullo is the Director of Policy and Communications for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC). At GNOFHAC he leads the organization’s legislative, regulatory, and communications work at the local, state, and federal levels related to policies that encourage fair housing choice and decrease segregation. Prior to joining GNOFHAC, he served as a health care access policy fellow with the New Orleans Health Department as part of the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative. Maxwell holds a master's degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.