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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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Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Heller in the News
December 02, 2020

The Promise of Self-Sufficient Production

In the MIT Sloan Management Review, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld says as global supply chains have revealed their vulnerabilities during the pandemic, digital fabrication technologies demonstrate a new way forward.

Tweet from Elizabeth Warren: canceling student debt is a social justice issue with graph showing 20 years after college, white borrowers owe just $1,000 while Black borrowers owe $18,500

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Election 2020: Policy contributions to political platforms

Lurie Institute researchers engage, critique and consult on presidential disability policy plans, and research from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy informs Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan.

partial map of United States with dots on cities and purple circles highlighting certain cities

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Child Opportunity Index 2.0 in action

The Child Opportunity Index 2.0 was released by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy in January 2020, providing neighborhood-level measurements of 29 key factors, such as good schools and early childhood education centers, green spaces, access to healthy food and low poverty, all necessary for healthy child development.

Painting of Anita Hill on the cover of Time Magazine

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Awards and Recognition Highlights

Over the past year, members of the Heller community have received awards recognizing notable achievements in social policy research, academia and advocacy.

David Weil testifying before the House of Representatives

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Federal testimony on critical social policies

Over the past year, Heller researchers and faculty members have offered their expertise on a number of social policy issues, ranging from labor rights to child poverty.

Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama in a circle

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Preterm delivery among Black women

A new study in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities by Palmira Santos and colleagues examines rates of preterm delivery for Black women in the U.S. to determine the level of risk associated with living in specific states.

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Challenging ableist norms around civic engagement

In April 2020, researchers at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy published “Civic Engagement and People With Disabilities: A Way Forward Through Cross- Movement Building."

Maria Madison, associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Supporting mental health equity among Black youth in Waltham

Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Maria Madison leads ongoing research into racial equity and mental health for Black students, parents and staff from local Waltham High School.

sepia-toned photo of young Ethiopian man in button-down shirt with vest

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Transforming youth employment in Ethiopia

The Center for Youth and Communities builds career development capacity through yearlong pilot at six universities.

Two WorkingWell app screenshots

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Supporting working adults with mental illness

Professor Joanne Nicholson’s WorkingWell project equips people with mental health disorders to succeed on the job.

illustration of coronavirus

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Attacking COVID-19 from every angle

Professor A.K. Nandakumar helps promote coronavirus response measures on a local, national and global scale.

Maia Hyary, PhD'20

Heller News Release
November 30, 2020

Food insecurity causes unique stress in mothers, long-term effects for children

PhD Dissertation Spotlight: Maia Hyary, PhD’20, examines how maternal stress affects the relationship between food insecurity and maternal weight and how it affects a child’s likelihood of being food insecure as an adult.

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