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Maria Madison, associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity

Maria Madison Appointed Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Heller News Release
August 13, 2020

Heller School Dean David Weil has appointed Maria Madison to the role of director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, effective September 1, 2020. Dr. Madison, who joined the Heller School in 2017, will assume this role in addition to her current position as associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She succeeds Thomas Shapiro who in 2019 announced his plans to step down after 14 years as IASP director. 

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Laboratory technicians handle capped vials of the University of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine candidate at a manufacturing facility in Italy.

Heller in the News
October 16, 2020

What will it take to make COVID-19 vaccines globally available?

In BrandeisNow, AK Nandakumar writes about the challenges of obtaining and distributing two billion doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in low and middle-income countries by 2021.

Video screenshot of a Black woman and the words WorkRise: How Employer Practices and Worker Power Shape Labor Market Outcomes

Heller in the News
October 16, 2020

How Employer Practices and Worker Power Shape Labor Market Outcomes

In a panel for WorkRise, David Weil discusses new ideas for transforming the low-wage labor market and how workplace structures and dynamics can facilitate or limit opportunity.

Trevor Noah and Anita Hill

Heller in the News
October 15, 2020

Anita Hill - Why She Chose to Endorse Joe Biden | The Daily Social Distancing Show

On the Daily Show, Anita Hill discusses her decision to endorse Joe Biden, the future of the Supreme Court, and her work fighting to end discrimination and harassment in Hollywood.

Protestors in Bangladesh

Heller in the News
October 15, 2020

Bangladesh to Allow Death Penalty for Rape Convictions

In the New York Times, Sultan Mohammed Zakaria, MA SID'17, comments on recent sexual assault cases on Bangladesh, saying the justice system fails to hold the perpetrators responsible and must launch a thorough and impartial investigation.

Children in a classroom in an Indian school

Heller in the News
October 13, 2020

India's Small Schools are Failing to Provide Equal Education to Rural Children

In an op-ed for News 18, PhD candidate Tanoj Meshram argues that India needs school consolidation and a busing revolution to transform its rural government schools and ensure equitable quality education for all.

Health Affairs October edition on children's health

Heller in the News
October 13, 2020

Racial And Ethnic Inequities In Children’s Neighborhoods: Evidence From The New Child Opportunity Index 2.0

In Health Affairs, a team of researchers led by Dolores Acevedo-Garcia describes new findings from the Child Opportunity Index, such as vast racial/ethnic inequities in neighborhood opportunity among children in poverty.

A Black man with his hands on his hips in front of a garage

Heller in the News
October 13, 2020

Stocks are soaring, and most Black people are missing out

In AP, Tatjana Meschede says that wealthier Black households are more likely to own assets that have a reputation for being safer, such as bonds, life insurance or real estate.

LA Times anchor and Anita Hill with words "Sexual Harrassment & Bias in Hollywood"

Heller in the News
October 13, 2020

Sexual harassment and bias in Hollywood with Anita Hill

On LA Times Today, Anita Hill discusses the results of a new survey by the Hollywood Commission, a non-profit aimed at ending sexual harassment and bias in the entertainment industry.

Karen Donelan

Heller in the News
October 13, 2020

American Academy of Nursing Recognizes Four Healthcare Visionaries as Honorary Fellows

The American Academy of Nursing recognizes Karen Donelan for her extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing and health care throughout her career.

Brenna Nan Schneider

Heller in the News
October 09, 2020

Here are the BBJ's Power 50 for 2020: Extraordinary Year, Extraordinary People

The Boston Business Journal's Power ranking honors Brenna Schneider, MBA'12, founder and CEO of 99Degrees Custom in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Anita Hill and Hollywood celebrities on a Zoom call

Heller in the News
October 09, 2020

Anita Hill, Geena Davis, Alma Har’el and More Discuss Gender Equity in Hollywood in ‘Academy Dialogues’ Episode

Variety covers a dialogue between Anita Hill, head of the Hollywood Commission, and several actors on how they have experienced gender inequity in Hollywood, and how the gap can be decreased.

Anita Hill

Heller in the News
October 08, 2020

Anita Hill-Led Hollywood Commission Finds “Bias Gap” In Hollywood; Women Twice As Likely To Experience Discrimination

Deadline covers a new report from the Anita Hill-led Hollywood Commission has found that women in the entertainment industry were twice as likely as their male counterparts to experience biased or unfair behavior.

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