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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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Anita Hill

Heller in the News
September 28, 2020

Anita Hill Believes Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Replacement ‘Is a Rush,’ Compares Her Legacy to Thurgood Marshall

In Variety, Anita Hill says that nominating and confirming a new Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election is too rushed.

Students wearing masks and jumping rope

Heller in the News
September 25, 2020

Ensuring Children’s Resilience During a Pandemic

Policy Map highlights how administrators and policymakers can use the Child Opportunity Index to understand pre-pandemic climate of students’ neighborhood conditions can inform policies for distance learning.

Susan Eaton and the cover of "The Other Boston Busing Story"

Heller News Release
September 22, 2020

New research and activism highlighted in second edition of book about METCO, Massachusetts’ long-running voluntary school desegregation program

Susan Eaton’s “The Other Boston Busing Story” is now available through Brandeis University Press.

Heller in the News
September 22, 2020

Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

In the New York Times, David Weil says a new Labor Department proposal that could deem millions of gig workers to be contractors rather than employees is flawed and vulnerable to be struck down in court.

Dr. Ourania Preventza, EMBA'17

Heller in the News
September 22, 2020

Today’s Women in CT Surgery

Women in Thoracic Surgery highlights Dr. Ourania Preventza, EMBA'17, professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Traci Green, Director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Heller News Release
September 21, 2020

New study examines how law enforcement officers respond to opioid overdose

OPRC Director Traci Green and colleagues examine officers’ knowledge, preparedness and compassion fatigue when responding to an opioid overdose.

Rajesh Sampath

Heller in the News
September 21, 2020

What is critical race theory, President Trump’s latest political target?

In the Boston Globe, Rajesh Sampath explains critical race theory, which argues that racism infects all of our societal institutions, from public education to the criminal justice system.

Heller in the News
September 21, 2020

Addressing the Global Health Crisis of Stunting in Times of COVID-19

In the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Javaid Iqbal, MA SID/MS'21, writes about how to prevent stunting caused by food insecurity using technology to improve agriculture and strong governmental support.

People on the steps of the Supreme Court, remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Heller in the News
September 21, 2020

Ginsburg shaped our country’s vision of equality

In an op-ed in the Boston Globe, Anita Hill says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke truth to power and "she brought American law closer to our lived experiences and to the equal justice promised in our Constitution."

Anita Hill

Heller in the News
September 21, 2020

Anita Hill Reflects On Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Gender Equality Legacy

On NPR, Anita Hill says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "brought to the court her willingness to really push for a full and inclusive definition of equality."

Elizabeth Warren

Heller in the News
September 18, 2020

The President Doesn’t Need Congress to Cancel Student Loan Debt. Democrats Will Push For Action in 2021

In Data for Progress, Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren introduce legislation to allow the next president of the United States to broadly cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt, citing research from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

Heller in the News
September 17, 2020

Growing Up Poor: The American Dream Deferred

On Frontline, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia discusses the state of child poverty in the United States against the backdrop of the effects of the coronavirus and increasing racial tensions.

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