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Anita Hill

Anita Hill on the future of equality and the U.S. Supreme Court

Heller News Release
January 20, 2021

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Heller School hosted a virtual event on Jan. 18 featuring Anita Hill, University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. During the webinar, titled “The Future of Equality and the U.S. Supreme Court,” Hill provided insight into the court’s role in advancing equality on the eve of a new presidential administration.

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Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Heller in the News
January 27, 2021

How Biden Wants to Trim a Mountain of Student Debt

In Bloomberg, Tom Shapiro comments on President Biden's $10,000 student debt relief plan, saying such “minimal” relief would do nothing to narrow a 20-to-1 wealth gap between white and Black households with student debt.

Maria Madison, associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity

Heller News Release
January 26, 2021

Introducing the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

Formerly known as the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, IERE will continue to expand the institute’s focus on racial and economic equity in social policy. This name change is the culmination of a months-long visioning process led by newly appointed institute director, Maria Madison.

Robert Kuttner, Meyer and Ida Kirstein Visiting Professor in Social Planning and Administration

Heller in the News
January 26, 2021

How The Concentration Of Wealth Makes The Corporate Elite Untouchable

On KCUR, Robert Kuttner says elites have accumulated enough wealth and power to be immune to the law, not unlike the feudal lords of medieval times.

Heller in the News
January 26, 2021

COVID crisis kept parents away from pediatric ERs early on, may still be doing so

Health Exec cites the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index data showing that parents in low-opportunity areas were more hesitant to bring their children to emergency rooms for COVID-19.

A nurse holds up a number 5 sign for her next vaccine recipient in a former department store in Morgantown, West Virginia

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

In the New York Times, Dr. Sherri Young, EMBA'22, the health officer in Kanawha County, West Virginia, says the state needs more vaccines in order to reliably schedule vaccination clinics.

Monica O'Reilly-Jacob, PhD'18 and Jennifer Perloff

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

Nurse practitioner care during COVID-19

BC News reports on a study by Monica O'Reilly-Jacob, PhD'18, and Jennifer Perloff, who surveyed nurse practitioners in Massachusetts about their perception of the impact of temporarily waived state practice restrictions on their care delivery during the initial surge of COVID-19.

President Biden with his hand to his mouth

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

Robert Kuttner On President Biden's $1.9 Trillion Economic Recovery Plan: 'Good Riddance To The Deficit Hawks'

On WGBH, Robert Kuttner says President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic recovery plan doesn't pose much of an economic problem because interest rates are projected to remain so low for so long that massive new debt doesn't pose a threat.

A mother with her daughter looking at a computer

Heller in the News
January 25, 2021

Parents With Disabilities Face Extra Hurdles With Kids' Remote Schooling

On WXXI, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says the pandemic has exposed longstanding inequities that have always existed for parents and caregivers with disabilities as they navigate online schooling for their children.

David Weil

Heller in the News
January 24, 2021

The 'Russian doll' workplace

The Week highlights David Weil's comments on "Russian doll" arrangements, where more and more people work for staffing companies rather than regular employees, making it harder for workers to seek better work conditions and benefits.

Pamela Joshi teaching

Heller News Release
January 22, 2021

Pamela Joshi named to National Academies Committee on opportunity gaps for children

The committee is tasked with studying the causes and consequences of opportunity gaps for young children, and making recommendations on how to improve conditions and promote success for children at home, in communities and in schools.

David Weil

Heller in the News
January 22, 2021

'Coming for You and Your Job': With Prop. 22, Are Grocery Staff Layoffs Just the Beginning?

In KQED, David Weil says gig work companies are using the platform as a way to get out of the obligation of actually treating workers as employees, causing an erosion of workplace standards.

Photo illustration of nurse helping an old woman put on a face mask with faded graphs and words overlaid

Heller News Release
January 21, 2021

The forgotten frontline workers

Christine Bishop, the Atran Professor of Labor Economics, and Karen Donelan, the Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy, provide unique perspectives on the precarious world of nursing home workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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