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As a graduate school and research institution, the Heller School has pioneered in a variety of policy areas, including international health; mental health; substance abuse; children, youth, and families; aging; international and community development; developmental disabilities; philanthropy; and work and inequalities.  For fresh insight and current thinking into these topics, the Heller School welcomes media inquiries. Contact Director of Communications Max Pearlstein or visit our faculty and researchers section to find an expert for your story.

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February 5, 2016

Anticipating the 2016 election in light of major Supreme Court decisions on voting rights

In the Huffington Post, associate professor Rajesh Sampath discusses voting rights and political demography in light of the current presidential race.

Heller in the News

February 5, 2016

Susan Eaton interviewed about her new book "Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees, and America at Its Best"

On the Majority Report with Sam Seder, Eaton discusses the importance of immigrant integration efforts in cities and towns across the U.S.

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February 4, 2016

How health systems respond to Zika

Diana Bowser, director of the MS in global health policy and management program, discusses the framework that countries need to have in place to stem the growth of this public health crisis.

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February 2, 2016

Unpaid family leave is leaving the sandwich generation behind

In this Huffington Post op-ed, Pamela Joshi of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy describes how unpaid family leave policies affect working parents who must also care for their own parents.

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February 2, 2016

Constitutionality and LGBTQ rights in India

On Al Jazeera America, professor Raj Sampath discusses the Indian Supreme Court's recent hearing on a law that criminalizes homosexuality.

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February 1, 2016

A conversation with Arlene Gormley, Heller student and children’s book author

Arlene Gormley, MA-SID’16, has self-published a children’s book called “2030 Not a Fairytale” that explains the United Nations’ goals for sustainable development.

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January 25, 2016

Solving complex social challenges with relational coordination

Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell presents data and insights from her forthcoming book about relational coordination and culture change.

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January 21, 2016

Heller is home to expertise on the opioid crisis

Andrew Kolodny discusses the epidemic on the national scale, while Constance Horgan and Sharon Reif from the Institute for Behavioral Health discuss the bills currently under consideration in Massachusetts.

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January 19, 2016

How student debt impacts the racial wealth gap

IASP researchers team up with Demos to examine the issue in the latest Racial Wealth Audit report.

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January 7, 2016

Nurse practitioner patients less costly to Medicare than physician patients

First national study contradicts previous research on health care costs.

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December 22, 2015

We’ll always have Paris: My time with the UN, Alec Baldwin and five Heller-inspired insights on social change

Heller student Joshua Cramer-Montes, MA-SID/MBA'16, offers insights on his participation in the recent UN convention on climate change.

Heller News Release

December 21, 2015

New Brandeis and Harvard center hopes to reduce the substance use problem in the U.S. by focusing on the quality, cost and availability of treatment services

Center is established through a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Heller in the News

December 10, 2015

Seniors respond to healthy aging survey with vigor

Susan Lanspery, PhD'89, presents results of a survey that will form the basis for services for seniors on Martha's Vineyard.

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December 7, 2015

How ISIS and Donald Trump enable each other

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that with Americans increasingly terrified of terrorism, Trump stays at the top of the Republican presidential field.

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December 7, 2015

"While I ran to war, she ran from it": The story of a US veteran and a Syrian expatriate

Phoenicia Lewis, SIDCO'16, and Wafaa Arbash, SIDCO'16, offer their unique perspectives on finding humanity amid the dust of war.

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November 23, 2015

Statements of solidarity

Heller faculty, staff, students and alumni support the Brandeis community members who are calling attention to issues of diversity and inclusion on campus.

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November 22, 2015

Student debt forgiveness could narrow the racial wealth gap

The Washington Post covers the Institute on Assets and Social Policy's innovative application of the Racial Wealth Audit to student debt relief policies.

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November 22, 2015

Quiet desperation and American fascism

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that Democrats are losing low-income voters not to Republican candidates, but to voter apathy.

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November 19, 2015

Heller School researchers explain the Family and Medical Leave Act, and where it falls short

Alison Earle, Kimberly Geronimo and Pamela Joshi, PhD'01, discuss their research on the law with BrandeisNOW.

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November 18, 2015

Expert Q&A: Treating narcotic painkiller addiction

On WebMD, Andrew Kolodny discusses the rise and risks of prescription painkillers, as well as the medications that can assist with treatment for opioid addiction.

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November 17, 2015

Shocking ways airlines are mistreating the disabled

In Yahoo! News, attorney and PhD student Robyn Powell discusses the discriminatory challenges faced by airline customers with disabilities.

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October 28, 2015

Robert Kuttner: Racism hidden in plain view

In the American Prospect, Kuttner argues that the pattern of racial disparities in the criminal justice system isn't new; only the press coverage is.

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October 27, 2015

What role does race play in investing?

On CNBC.com, Tatjana Meschede argues that the racial wealth gap plays a huge role in disparities for retirement savings and investing.

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October 26, 2015

Senior scientist Andrew Kolodny talks with C-SPAN about combating drug abuse

Kolodny discusses the scope of the prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic and the Obama administration’s efforts to fight it.

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October 26, 2015

Institutional transformation expert Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld joins the MBA faculty

Cutcher-Gershenfeld, whose research focuses primarily on stakeholder alignment and integrated operating systems, will be teaching courses in strategy and operations

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October 26, 2015

Promoting a legacy of gender equity advocacy

Anita Hill’s course on gender and law provides a unique experience for Heller masters and doctoral students.

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October 19, 2015

Anita Hill: We're not finished examining the barriers women face at work

In an interview with Fortune, Professor Hill suggests that improved business school curricula can help future managers learn how to successfully lead diverse companies.

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October 19, 2015

Robert Kuttner says Hillary Clinton is not out of the woods yet

In the Huffington Post, Kuttner argues that the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails presents an ongoing liability for her campaign.

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October 18, 2015

Remembering Stan Wallack

Heller colleagues discuss the impact of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy’s founding executive director, who passed away on October 7.

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October 14, 2015

Using research to change disability policy

The Justice showcases work led by Susan Parish which finds more pregnancy complications among women with developmental disabilities.

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October 13, 2015

Anita Hill's advice for women entering the workforce

In an interview with Fortune, Professor Hill discusses the need to improve the workplace environment so that all people can succeed.

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October 9, 2015

Bernie Sanders is about as radical as Harry Truman

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that the politics of the self-defined democratic socialist are actually quite mainstream.

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October 7, 2015

Heller at work: Jeanne Mansfield, MPP/MBA’15

Student Jeanne Mansfield uses her summer internship to promote equitable access to healthy foods at Boston Public Market.

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October 7, 2015

American opioid addiction keeps growing

On NPR's On Point, Andrew Kolodny describes the current opioid crisis as an epidemic created by pharmaceutical companies and prescribing physicians.

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October 7, 2015

Addiction, poor care drove N.H. Medicaid patients to shop around for opioids

On New Hampshire Public Radio, Peter Kreiner discusses how prescription drug monitoring programs could help quell the prescription opioid epidemic.

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October 1, 2015

Oct. 15 conference will explore the role of relational coordination in building healthy workplaces and communities

Jody Hoffer Gittell, executive director of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, explains the concept and provides some examples of its usage around the world.

Heller in the News

September 30, 2015

South Asia grapples with dengue

Research by Donald Shepard supports suspicions that dengue fever is a much larger problem in India than previously thought.

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September 24, 2015

Intersectionality of identity and disciplines: race, gender, sociology and development

Phoenicia Lewis, MA-SID/COEX'16, reflects on her recent participation in the Association of Black Sociologists conference.

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September 21, 2015

Explaining the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Rajesh Sampath, associate director of the master's program in Sustainable International Development, provides an overview.

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September 18, 2015

Heller alumna named director of Boston Public Library Foundation

Lisa Bevilaqua, MMHS'98, former head of development of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will now lead fundraising for the Library Foundation.

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September 16, 2015

Can money create social change?

In the Huffington Post, Sheryl Seller demonstrates how philanthropy can dramatically influence U.S. social policy using three key examples.

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September 15, 2015

Make saving for college easier

PhD student and Massachusetts state representative Tom Sannicandro teams up with state senator Jaime Eldridge to promote college savings accounts.

Heller in the News

September 15, 2015

Is mandatory Medicare bundled payment ready for prime time?

Rob Mechanic evaluates implementation of this payment reform rule In the New England Journal of Medicine.

Heller in the News

September 9, 2015

Prescription painkillers kill more people than heroin

Listen to Andrew Kolodny's conversation with Robin Young on NPR's Here & Now about the role that prescription drugs play in the opioid crisis.

Heller News Release

September 9, 2015

Returning faculty member Deborah Stone brings big ideas to the classroom

Stone, author of a best-selling textbook on policy making, will explore concepts that unite political systems and cut across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Heller in the News

September 8, 2015

Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner discusses a range of European government reactions to the flood of migrants entering Europe.

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September 3, 2015

Segal Fellows carry social justice torch, determined to make positive societal change

BrandeisNOW interviews the 2015 fellows, including Analissa Iversen, MPP/MBA '16, and Lea Sakala, MPP/MBA '17, about their summer internships.

Heller in the News

September 2, 2015

Stuart Altman talks with The Boston Globe about Massachusetts' escalating health care costs

Altman, who is chair of the state's Health Policy Commission, responds to a new report which reveals that Massachusetts spent $632 million more than it was supposed to on health care last year.

Heller in the News

September 2, 2015

We are asking too much of the federal reserve

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner questions whether we should rely on the Fed to be the country's sole source of economic growth.

Heller in the News

September 2, 2015

Massachusetts 2014 health care spending rises faster than state goal

Stuart Altman discusses the situation with WBUR's CommonHealth.

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August 18, 2015

Profiles in Courage

Brandeis Magazine features two Heller students who found that when children in Lebanon talked about facing their fears, enemies often turned into friends.

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August 13, 2015

Patients with substance use disorder aren't treated equally

Andrea Acevedo, PhD'12, of the Institute for Behavioral Health examines disparities in quality of care.

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August 11, 2015

Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and the power of disruption

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner examines disruptive innovation at both ends of the political spectrum in the presidential race.

Heller in the News

August 10, 2015

Risk shift and the gig economy

Ben Kreider, Heller PhD candidate and research intern for the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), writes an EPI blog post about the shifting of risk from employers to workers in companies like Uber and TaskRabbit.

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August 5, 2015

Harvard’s Susan Eaton selected as new director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Eaton will lead the Heller center in guiding foundations and individuals to realize the full power of social justice giving.

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August 3, 2015

Stuart Altman reflects on the 50th anniversary of Medicare

Altman, who played a key role in implementing Medicare as assistant secretary for health policy during the Nixon administration, tells U.S. News & World Report how it overcame bleak predictions.

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August 3, 2015

Tom Clark makes a case in The Washington Post for drug monitoring programs as an effective way to fight opioid abuse

The Institute for Behavioral Health researcher says if we're to prevent opioid addiction and the shift to heroin, norms around prescribing painkillers must change.

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July 27, 2015

Why Social Security Beats All Rivals

In the face of Republican calls for cuts to Social Security, Robert Kuttner makes a case in the Huffington Post for expanding it.

Heller in the News

July 23, 2015

The 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.

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July 21, 2015

How donors can turn the tide towards more equitable financial aid

Sillerman Center graduate research assistant and MBA/MPP student Kaleigh Behe analyzes merit vs. need-based scholarships in the Huffington Post.

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July 15, 2015

A foot in the door and a place at the table

Promoting equity and inclusion for minority healthcare workers in New Hampshire.

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July 15, 2015

Representing Heller at the United Nations’ Equator Initiative

Josh Cramer-Montes, MA-SID/MBA ’16, to join the organization's communications team.

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July 13, 2015

Constance Horgan talks with Reuters about treating the "whole person" by bringing behavioral health into primary care

The Institute for Behavioral Health director says that despite mental healthcare resources being available in many communities, primary care providers often don't know about them, or how to hand off a patient into specialized care.

Heller in the News

July 9, 2015

Do the recent same-sex marriage, fair housing and universal healthcare rulings really indicate a liberal Supreme Court?

In the Huffington Post, Associate Professor Rajesh Sampath deconstructs the monumental trio of decisions.

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June 25, 2015

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, what's next?

Michael Doonan, director of the MPP program and executive director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, considers the ruling's impact and the road ahead.

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June 24, 2015

Responding to Governor Baker's Opioid Working Group recommendations

On behalf of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence, Tom Clark provides reactions to the working group's report and additional recommendations.

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June 19, 2015

Racial 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.

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June 17, 2015

Heller student and alumna raise their voices in D.C.

Alyssa Bogdanow, Hornstein MPP '16, and Meredith Grabek, Hornstein MBA '15, 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.

Heller in the News

June 10, 2015

Rajesh Sampath examines the role of the United Nations Ethics Office

In the UN Chronicle, Sampath says that we must turn to the actual language of the United Nations itself and how it envisions its own ethical framework to answer critical questions.

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June 8, 2015

IBH partners with Pew Charitable Trusts to co-sponsor research forum on state prescription drug monitoring programs

Scientists, practitioners and agency representatives discussed research applications and effectiveness of PDMPs, which are designed to halt prescription drug abuse.

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June 8, 2015

Professors Stuart Altman and Rajesh Sampath discuss the Affordable Care Act

Listen to the full audio recording or view excerpts from this conversation on the arguments opposing universal healthcare.

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June 4, 2015

Ricardo Godoy’s 20-year study in the Bolivian Amazon

The Heller anthropologist and professor discusses the decades he's spent measuring the effects of modernization on the Tsimane' indigenous society.

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June 4, 2015

When free speech comes at a cost on campuses

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath talks with HuffPost Live about how you protect free speech and intellectual freedom while being sensitive to students' emotions and expectations.

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June 3, 2015

Heller graduates largest group of PhD students in a decade

Explore the dissertations of the 25 doctoral students who walked at commencement this year.

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May 27, 2015

Rodrigo Moran, MA-SID '16, is an "innovator to look out for"

Innovators Peak includes Moran in its list of 5 top innovators aboard the Millennial Trains Project, a traveling incubator that transports entrepreneurs and changemakers across the U.S. via railroad every summer.

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May 24, 2015

The robots are coming! The robots are coming!

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that increased automation does replace human workers, but also creates the opportunity for new kinds of human jobs.

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May 19, 2015

Film tax credits force states into "perpetual competitive purgatory"

Robert Tannenwald tells the Huffington Post why bringing Hollywood to your hometown may be exciting, but it comes at a cost.

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May 17, 2015

Grand Theft Automated

In response to the recent New York Times exposé on labor conditions in nail salons, Robert Kuttner remarks on employer wage theft and the conditions under which it might be eradicated.

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May 17, 2015

Celebrating the Class of 2015

Watch the diploma ceremony, read the graduate speakers' speeches and see pictures from commencement weekend.

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May 13, 2015

Acting Sillerman Center director named new president of Suffolk University

Magaret McKenna came to Heller in 2013 after leading the Walmart Foundation.

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May 12, 2015

Women as the loyal opposition

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner shares observations on the "gendered nature of dissent" in U.S. financial sector reform and the Labour Party's recent loss in Britain's recent elections.

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May 11, 2015

IASP's Tatjana Meschede examines family financial transfers for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

In a new report, Meschede says that nonwhite households in Boston are significantly more likely to financially assist their relatives.

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May 7, 2015

Study: Half of Denver metro's Hispanic kids live in low-opportunity areas

Colorado Public Radio reports on the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index, which finds pervasive racial inequities for healthy child development in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

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May 6, 2015

Anita Hill on chasing workplace equality

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

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May 1, 2015

Professor Allyala Nandakumar assesses President Obama’s pick for USAID leader

Nandakumar, who serves as USAID’s first chief economist, believes Gayle Smith is a strong nominee.

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April 29, 2015

How to give wisely for Nepal relief

Laurence Simon, director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability, provides guidance for those who wish to contribute to Nepal earthquake recovery efforts.

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April 28, 2015

An inconveniently moral argument for the death penalty in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath considers capital punishment for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber.

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April 28, 2015

President Obama's trade deals: a test for Hillary Clinton

In The Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner writes that it's time for the Democratic presidential candidate to take a stand if she wants to present herself as a forceful leader.

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April 28, 2015

Heller on the ground: SID students and alumni at the United Nations

Every year, sustainable international development master's students find opportunities to advance their careers at the U.N.

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April 21, 2015

Obama’s trade agreements are a gift to corporations

In this Boston Globe op-ed, Robert Kuttner questions President Obama's rationale for two contentious trade deals currently under negotiation.

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April 17, 2015

Heller's Anita Hill named university professor

A member of the Heller faculty and senior advisor to the provost, Hill receives one of the university's highest honors.

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April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton: From symbolism to specifics

Robert Kuttner commends the presidential candidate's embrace of economic populism in her campaign launch video, noting that the real difficulty will be managing the fiscal interests of her Wall Street sponsors.

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April 10, 2015

An unfunded mandate: Are Massachusetts schools adopting new nutritional standards?

Lindsay Rosenfeld of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy explores the impact of this policy change on Massachusetts students and schools through the NOURISH study.

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April 9, 2015

Tom Shapiro talks with Houston Public Media about the Racial Wealth Audit

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy's director explains why homeownership can help close greater Houston's racial wealth gap.

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April 8, 2015

How to avoid the next Ellen Pao case

In Fortune, Professor Anita Hill says managers must cultivate workplaces where women and people of color are included and valued for their contributions.

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April 6, 2015

Repealing Massachusetts' film production tax credits

Read Adjunct Lecturer Robert Tannenwald's tax credits testimony to the state's Joint Revenue Committee.

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April 3, 2015

Civil rights advocate Julian Bond: “You’ve got to have a goal"

The former Georgia legislator and NAACP director joined a panel on contemporary civil rights movements.

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March 30, 2015

On campus safe spaces

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath responds to a New York Times story on "hiding from scary ideas" on college campuses.

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March 25, 2015

ICYFP's Child Opportunity Index reveals pervasive racial and ethnic inequities in America’s 100 largest metro areas

High concentrations of black and Hispanic children live in neighborhoods with the lowest opportunities for healthy development.

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March 25, 2015

The future of youth policy

A Heller class focuses on global policy related to a large, at-risk population: adolescents and young adults.

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March 24, 2015

Robert Kuttner: If Elizabeth Warren does run for president, she would surprise skeptics

In Boston Globe op-ed, Kuttner says Warren would take the Democratic Party's rank-and-file by storm.

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March 24, 2015

Minimum wage in Massachusetts is rising—but can you live on it?

Janet Boguslaw of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy tells WGBH radio that if you raise the minimum wage, society benefits.

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March 13, 2015

Low borrowing costs keep recovery in gear

Now is not the time for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, Robert Kuttner argues in a Boston Globe op-ed.

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March 11, 2015

Study says policies let inequality fester

The Boston Globe's Katie Johnston writes about the new Racial Wealth Audit tool developed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Demos.

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March 10, 2015

White high school dropouts are wealthier than black and Hispanic college graduates. Can the Racial Wealth Audit fix that?

Washington Post's Michael Fletcher examines the new policy evaluation tool developed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Demos.

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March 9, 2015

The Heller MBA and SID Social Entrepreneurs: Tackling Nothing Less than Global Poverty

For the third year in a row, a Heller-Brandeis team has advanced to the regional finals for the international Hult Prize Social Enterprise Challenge. It's just one of many instances of Heller students connecting social responsibility with entrepreneurial drive.

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March 6, 2015

On the Ground: Ebola Response in Liberia

Heller PhD candidate Elizabeth Glaser, who recently returned from Ebola response work in Liberia, will teach a March 20 and 21 seminar on "Ebola, Health Systems and Development" that will examine the economic and environmental tipping points that led to the disease's outbreak in West Africa.

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February 23, 2015

The enormous racial opportunity gap in America's cities

Vox reports on the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index, which finds pervasive racial inequities for healthy child development in the country's 100 largest metro areas.

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February 23, 2015

Is Your Neighborhood Healthy for Children?

CityLab discusses the Child Opportunity Index, developed by Heller's Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy.

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February 17, 2015

Celebrating Ten Years of Coexistence and Conflict

COEX's founding and current directors discuss the program's distinctive history and look forward to what's next.

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February 8, 2015

Will the recovery finally translate into better wages?

Job creation is increasing, but wages are not rising enough to improve living standards, Robert Kuttner writes in the Huffington Post.

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February 4, 2015

Opioid addiction caused by overprescribing, not recreational abuse, is key driver of painkiller and heroin overdose crisis

Researchers say that preventing new cases of opioid addiction caused by both medical and non-medical use and expanding access to opioid addiction treatment is the best plan to curb the epidemic.

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February 4, 2015

We need a super agenda to tackle superbugs

Drug resistant infections are turning into the biggest challenge that modern health systems will face in the near future. But what's the severity of the problem right now, and what can we do to address it?

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