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Richard Buery, Jr. Appointed CEO of Anti-Poverty Organization Robin Hood
Richard Buery, Jr. has been appointed CEO of the New York poverty-fighting organization Robin Hood. He is replacing author Wes Moore, who announced that he is running for governor of Maryland. Buery served as deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives for the City of New York. He founded the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-owned […]
June 21, 2021
Lehigh University Video Addressing Poverty “Myths” Draws Fire
A Lehigh University professor’s video about poverty – in which he claims it’s a myth that poverty is about race – is drawing criticism from students and faculty, The Morning Call reported. As part of a talk series by Lehigh College of Business, the Jan. 28 video, “3 myths concerning poverty,” depicted economics professor Dr. […]
February 16, 2021
A Letter to George Floyd
I do not know at a biological or emotional level what it is like to be Black. White privilege was my birthright. Poverty, and homosexuality, and a propensity toward obesity were equally my birthright, and I have experienced prejudice for all of those reasons. Still, I do not pretend to know what it feels like to be racially profiled or to know that my ancestors were violently separated from their homeland and brought in chains to serve people whose race is the same as mine.
June 2, 2020
MacArthur Fellow Lisa Daugaard a Restorative Justice Advocate
Criminal justice reformer Lisa Daugaard, the executive director of the Public Defender Association (PDA), is a 2019 MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient. However, her path to becoming a crusading advocate for restorative justice committed to dismantling the prison-industrial complex had some twists and turns.
November 13, 2019
Business Schools Want to Do More to End Poverty Globally
There’s a gap between the role business schools think they could play in alleviating global poverty and inequality versus the impact they’re actually making, according to a new study by the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association.
August 7, 2019
Ignoring Race and Privilege: How The College Board’s SAT Adversity Score Missed the Mark
Adverse experiences and social privilege are both life circumstances that can alter a test-taker’s score on standardized tests. However, the College Board, with their recent announcement of an “adversity score,” highlighted the disadvantages of adversity, while ignoring the advantages of privilege. In doing so, the College Board treats adversity as a handicap to be accommodated, while missing an opportunity to address a myriad of noncognitive factors that make SAT scores either lower or higher than they should be for different racial and ethnic groups, and socio-economic statuses.
June 11, 2019
Moral Centrality in Educational Equity
Just last year in May of 2018, we witnessed the resurrection of Resurrection City as the new Poor People’s Campaign continued the fight against poverty, structural racism, voter suppression, militarism, and a host of others. This demonstration also spanned 40 days of community organizing with thousands of participants.
May 2, 2019
Why We Had to be Our Own College Counselors and How Congress Can Help
There’s been so much attention lately about the college admission scandal — rich parents trying to buy their undeserving children into prestigious colleges. But there’s a far bigger scandal that our leaders have long ignored: many high school seniors who deserve to attend college don’t have the advice and support that they need to get there.
April 16, 2019
Report: Technology Advancements Causes Changes in American Workforce
A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) — an organization focused on eliminating poverty through education — revealed that technology and automation advancements are changing the United States workforce in terms of the need to fill the employment gap.
February 8, 2019
Leadership & Policy
Herman J. Felton Jr. Earns Ph.D. from Jackson State University
Dr. Herman James Felton Jr., who grew up in poverty and with dyslexia, beat all odds and earned a Ph.D. from Jackson State University and has become one of the youngest presidents of a historically Black college and university (HBCU). His story from poverty to college president was chronicled in the Clarion Ledger. Felton was the […]
December 10, 2018
Giving Thanks Amid Political Uncertainty
In my family Thanksgiving has never been about pilgrims having a mythical dinner with Indian tribes they tried to eradicate. Instead, Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to show our gratitude for family, friendship and community. Over the last year, however, the mood in the United States has felt incredibly heavy. From mass acts of violence that have claimed the lives of innocent Americans to the more mundane political battles that amplify longstanding tensions, finding gratitude in this contentious political space seems elusive.
November 20, 2018
Education Scholar Pushes Boundaries
Ever since he was a teenager, Dr. Lawrence Scott has lived by the motto that “success is measured in succession.”
September 9, 2018
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