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Scientist

lanspery@brandeis.edu  •  Heller-Brown Building  • 373  •  781-736-3739

Expertise

Youth and communities: college access and success for low-income and/or underrepresented youth; promoting youth employability through employing, educating, and supporting youth; and positive youth development within a context of asset-based community development
Aging: intergenerational programs, supportive housing

Courses

  • HS 425f - Case Study Methodologies

Scholarship

  • Berger, S., Burack, C., Lanspery, S., and Duffy, D.. Meaningful Connections: Service-Learning, Peer Advocacy, and Student Success: A Resource Guide for Integrating the Connect2Complete Approach into Developmental Education Courses. Boston MA: Campus Compact, 2015.
  • Curnan, S.P., Hughes, D.M., Lanspery, S., Singleton, S., LaCava, L., and O'Sullivan, K.. Enough is Known for Action: Ready to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth - Brandeis University National Briefing. Proc. of Enough is Known for Action: Ready to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth. U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC: Center for Youth and Communities, 2015.
  • Lanspery, Susan and Hughes, Della M.. "Homegrown Partnerships Making a Difference for Youth." Journal of Applied Development Psychology Vol. 40. September–October 2015, (2015): 38–46.
  • Melchior, Alan and Lanspery, Susan. Evaluation of the YouthBuild Pathways/Social Innovation Fund Postsecondary Education Initiative - Mid-term Implementation Report. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2015.
  • Burack, C., Lanspery, S., Singleton, S., and LaCava, L.. Connect2Complete Pilot Project Evaluation Report. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2014.
  • Curnan, Susan P., Lanspery, Susan, Kingsley, Christopher, LaCava, Lisa, Hughes, Della M., Melchior, Alan, and Perlmutter, Anna. Practical Advice Guides: Smart Strategies to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth in Employability Development Programs. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2013.
  • Lanspery, Susan and Curnan, Susan. Reconnecting Systems to Reconnect Youth: The Walmart Foundation’s 2012 Smart Summer Initiative to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth. Waltham MA Report to the Walmart Foundation: 2013.
  • Melchior, Alan and Lanspery, Susan. Evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success (PSS) Initiative: Final Report.. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2013.
  • Melchior, Alan and Lanspery, Susan. Evaluation of the YouthBuild Pathways/Social Innovation Fund Postsecondary Education Initiative: Year 1 Implementation Report.. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2013.
  • Szczerbacki, Katherine, Garton, Elenore, and Lanspery, Susan. How Five Family Foundations Engaged in Constructive and Challenging Discussions to Enhance their Impact on the Communities They Serve. Waltham MA Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University: 2013.
  • Curnan, Susan, Lanspery, Susan, Kingsley, Chris, and LaCava, Lisa. The Walmart Foundation's 2011 Investment in Summer Youth Employment: Encouraging Results and Lessons Learned (Analytic Brief). Waltham, MA Center for Youth and Communities: 2012.
  • Hahn, Andrew, Lanspery, Susan, and Leavitt, Tom. Summary of the Youth Employment Services (YES) Evaluation, 2004-2011. Indianapolis, Indiana EmployIndy: 2012.
  • Lanspery, Susan and Burack, Cathy. "Partnerships that Promote Success: Lessons and Findings from the Evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative." Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Initiative Meeting. Lansdowne, Virginia. October 2011.
  • Lanspery, Susan and Burack, Cathy. "Partnerships that Promote Success: Lessons and Findings from the Evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative." National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. Jacksonvile, Florida. January 2011.
  • Lanspery, Susan and Burack, Cathy. "Partnerships that Promote Success: Lessons and Findings from the Evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative." New England Transfer Association. Woodstock, Vermont. April 2011.
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Profile

Susan Lanspery is a scientist at the Center for Youth and Communities in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (http://cyc.brandeis.edu). Susan has conducted evaluations, managed research and demonstration programs, and provided technical assistance for nearly thirty years. Her work during the last fifteen years has focused on college access and success as well as employability for underrepresented young people. She is currently co-managing evaluations of YouthBuild USA’s Postsecondary Pathways Initiative and the YouthBuild USA AmeriCorps program and an assessment of positive youth development curricula in a school district. She managed a national project promoting youth employability through employment, education, and support from 2011-2015 and has managed or co-managed the evaluations of Campus Compact's national Connect to Complete Initiative, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation's Project Compass initiative, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Community College Transfer Initiative, the GE Foundation’s College Bound program, and the Rhode Island College Crusade. She has also served as a senior team member in several other studies and projects, such as evaluating a program emphasizing empowerment and leadership development for youth workers and youth, school-to-career programs for out-of-school youth, a study of comprehensive community initiatives, and a policy paper on youth development for a foundation.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon's Honors College and a Doctorate from Brandeis University.

 

Degrees

Brandeis University
Ph.D.

University of Oregon
B.A.

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