Guice seeks to bolster his technical knowledge in order to address racial lending disparities.
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Jeremiah Guice

“My general interest in policy arose from an experience I had after being in a car crash during my sophomore year of college,” Guice said. “I was in the hospital, and there was a Hispanic woman next to me in excruciating pain. She didn’t have insurance, so they had to remove her from the hospital even though she badly needed treatment. That’s when I realized something was very wrong.” That experience, coupled with the salient racial issues that defined 2020, inspired Guice to think of ways he could make equitable contributions in his own work.

Guice graduated magna cum laude with his bachelor’s in economics from Texas A&M University in 2021. “I didn’t originally plan to study economics,” Guice said. “Originally, I was going to study engineering. But I was introduced to econometric modeling on loan acceptance/denial and credit scoring in an Introduction to Econometrics course, and I enjoyed learning about how society decides to allocate resources. It’s a subject that combines math and policy, which ended up being perfect for me.” Guice also participated in a summer policy boot camp at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in 2020. “That’s where I started learning about mortgage lending and historical racial disparities in housing and was introduced to pertinent literature like The Color of Law.”

Shortly after completing his bachelor’s, Guice started working as a Compliance Associate for Blue River Partners, LLC in Dallas. “It was my job to make sure our clients were complying with SEC statutes. I wrote compliance manuals and conducted compliance trainings for them as well.”

Although Guice enjoyed the work, he quickly realized he would prefer to work in economic consulting. “But in order to do that,” he said, “I recognized I needed an advanced degree. That’s when I found Harris and the MSCAPP program.” Through the Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) program, Guice said, he seeks to bolster his technical knowledge to better address racial lending disparities.

Guice said there were three specific aspects of the program that appealed to him: the emphasis on quantitative methods, the freedom to tailor his degree to suit his policy interests, and the experiential learning opportunities, such as those provided by Harris Policy Labs and the Civic Data and Technology Clinic. “The MSCAPP program really is second to none. I’m looking forward to learning new skills in the context of policy problems.”

Guice is especially excited to start taking courses in programming and machine learning. “I know R pretty well, but I’m looking forward to learning Python in greater depth. And I definitely need to learn some SQL as well.” Outside of coursework, Guice plans to get involved with Harris student organizations like Black Action in Public Policy Studies and the Urban Policy Student Association.

As he prepares to join the Harris community this coming fall, Guice reflected on a recent trip to Houston’s Third Ward, a southeastern section of the city with a sizable African American population. “I noticed how much the neighborhood has changed even since the last time I was there. There are clear signs of gentrification and displacement, and it reminds me of why I am pursuing this degree: to help people and create healthy, vibrant communities where people can thrive.”