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Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family PolicyDolores Acevedo-Garcia discusses improving youth opportunities by shaping policy

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia is director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy and principal investigator of the diversitydatakids.org project, a comprehensive database of indicators on child health and opportunity in the U.S. The diversitydatakids.org project provides data by race and ethnicity, making it a unique source of information on the levels of diversity, opportunity and equity among American children. The Child Opportunity Index, one of the tools available at diversitydatakids.org, combines 19 separate indicators to evaluate healthy child development resources at the neighborhood level for the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

Professor Joan Dassin with student in classThe future of youth policy: A Heller course focuses on global policy related to a large, at-risk population: adolescents and young adults

Professor Joan Dassin '69's seven-week class, "National and International Perspectives on Youth Policy and Programs," responds to a critical demographic trend. Today, there are more than 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10-24, according to the United Nations Population Fund. That's more youth than ever before. "Because the fertility rate has declined everywhere in the world, there are fewer children coming behind the group of young people born before those drops occurred," Dassin explains. "So, what has been created is called the youth bulge."

Thomas Shapiro, director of the Institute on Assets and Social PolicyInstitute on Assets and Social Policy, Demos researchers develop Racial Wealth Audit; new tool measures the impact of public policies on the racial wealth gap

Leveling the playing field in homeownership, education and income would help narrow the wealth gap between white households and people of color, says IASP director Thomas Shapiro.

Professor Anita HillAnita Hill on chasing workplace equality

In an interview with Marketplace, Professor Hill discusses what gender equality in the office means today.

Raj Sampath, Associate ProfessorRacial and caste oppression have many similarities

In The Conversation, Rajesh Sampath says the U.S. and India must learn that the mere assertion of a democratic society does not necessarily translate in to a free and equal one.

Susan Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability PolicyThe Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 years later

Susan Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, talks with BrandeisNOW about the landmark legislation's impact.

Poster of Anita Hill filmHeller student and alumna raise their voices in D.C.

Meredith Grabek, MBA/MA '15, and Alyssa Bogdanow, MPP/MA '16, lobbied Congress on behalf of American Jewish World Service to pass legislation that combats violence against women and girls and advances the rights of LGBT individuals globally.

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