Economics professor to help shape national civil rights policy

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ark Gius, professor of economics, was recently appointed to the Connecticut Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency. Its mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. It pursues this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin, or in the administration of justice. It plays a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public.

State advisory committees examine voting rights, civil rights impacts of education funding, seclusion and restraint of students with disabilities, women’s prisons, civil rights impacts of civil asset forfeiture, immigration issues, policing practices, human trafficking, fair housing, civil rights issues related to payday lending and criminal justice issues related to civil rights implications of solitary confinement policies in prisons and disparate incarceration rates. Committees hold briefings with expert and public testimony and produce reports and advisory memoranda.

“I am honored to have been appointed to the Connecticut Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,” said Gius, whose four-year term begins later this year. “I look forward to serving on this very important committee and doing my part to strengthen and protect everybody’s civil rights.”

Committee members are recruited from a broad cross-section of professional, educational and political backgrounds. The commission is especially interested in appointing individuals who have a demonstrated interest in civil rights, voting rights and the equal protection of the law in the administration of justice. Members are expected to make meaningful contributions in their development of projects and creation of reports for the commission.

Gius, who joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 1994, has his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University.