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Maria Madison, associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity

New Name, New Vision, Same Values: Introducing the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity

Heller News Release
February 08, 2021

Maria Madison joined the Heller School as associate dean for equity, inclusion and diversity in 2017, and became director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy in fall 2020. Among her first tasks as director was to conceive a new vision and to co-create a new name for the institute. Earlier this month, the team announced a new title: the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity (IERE). 

Madison explains the need for a new name and describes IERE’s new initiatives.

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Andrew Kolodny, MD

Heller in the News
February 26, 2021

New Proposal Will Build on Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act

In Legal Reader, Andrew Kolodny comments on the newly proposed Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act, saying, "One of the best ways to do this is by making sure prescribers, patients and parents understand how highly addictive opioids are before a first prescription is ever written or filled."

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Heller in the News
February 26, 2021

Study Analyzes Infrastructure Needs of HBCUs, TCUs and HSIs

In Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld discusses how minority-serving institutions are working together to advance cyberinfrastructure capabilities and data and computing resources.

A sea of college graduates wearing caps and gowns

Heller in the News
February 25, 2021

Making student debt relief stick

In the Boston Globe, Tom Shapiro discusses the next steps after debt cancellation to make sure Americans don't return to the current situation, with millions crushed by college loans.

Robert Kuttner and Rosa Brooks on a Zoom call

Heller in the News
February 25, 2021

A Conversation With Rosa Brooks

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner interviews Rosa Brooks, author of the new book ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ on police reform.

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Heller in the News
February 24, 2021

Would Canceling Student Debt Promote Racial Equity?

Inside Higher Ed cites a 2019 study from the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity that shows more white students than Black students have student loans, but a greater percentage of Black students have loans and would benefit from cancellation.

Brandeis: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management: Institute for Economic and Racial Equity

Heller in the News
February 23, 2021

Retirement Crisis Hits Black Families Hard

The Wall Street Journal cites the research of the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity which found that 45% of Black college-educated households gave financial support to the parents of at least one adult in the household, compared with only 16% of white college-educated households.

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts raising her hand while wearing a face mask

Heller in the News
February 21, 2021

'I also defaulted': Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley reveals her experience with student loan debt

Yahoo Finance covers U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's press conference where she revealed she also defaulted on student loans, citing a study by the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity study about Black borrowers carrying student debt for longer than white borrowers.

Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer wearing face masks in front of the Capitol

Heller in the News
February 19, 2021

Opinion: A cost-benefit analysis of student debt

In the Washington Post, Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren cite the work of the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity in a letter to the editor about reducing student debt.

Monika Mitra on a webcam on Boston 25

Heller in the News
February 19, 2021

25 Investigates: Autistic group home resident sexually assaulted by her caretaker

On Boston 25 News, Monika Mitra says sexual violence against people with developmental disabilities is an epidemic, and that they are five to seven times more likely to be victims and the problem has been made worse by COVID-19.

Relational Coordination Collaborative logo

Heller News Release
February 16, 2021

The Relational Coordination Research Collaborative Transitions to the University of New Hampshire

The RCRC was founded in 2011 by Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell, who will continue teaching and conducting research at the Heller School.

People pushing a car in the snow

Heller in the News
February 16, 2021

Why Texas’ power grids couldn’t meet demand

On Marketplace, David Weil say misclassification is a tactic that many companies use to avoid the costs and responsibilities that come with being an employer.

A man in a wheelchair in his home, covered in blankets, looking at a dog

Heller in the News
February 16, 2021

‘There are a lot of people who can’t get to Fenway or Gillette’: Some residents feel overlooked in vaccine rollout

In the Boston Globe, Elissa Sherman, PhD'99, says she's pleased that the Baker administration is trying to create opportunities for onsite vaccine clinics so people don’t have to leave their nursing home communities.

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