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POLICY DEBATE

How Can We Improve Ban the Box Policies?

Although ban the box policies, which delay questions about criminal history and background checks until late in the hiring process, are beneficial for people with criminal records, they can also have unintended consequences on young men of color.

Featuring the following Experts:

Amanda Agan, Jennifer Doleac, Dorsey Nunn, Michael Stoll, Daryl Atkinson, Brianna Walden, Nancy La Vigne

Christina Stacy
Moderated by:
Christina Stacy
Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
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Thank you all for your thoughtful comments and for your hard work in the field on this topic. The diversity of opinions and viewpoints shown here highlight the complexity of the issue, and the need for additional information about both ban the...

POLICY DEBATE

Can Giving Days Unlock America's Giving Potential?

Has America reached its full potential for generosity? Or its generosity limit?

Featuring the following Experts:

Brandi Yee, Andrea Perez, C. Eugene Steuerle, Jen Shang, Javier Alberto Soto

Shena Ashley
Moderated by:
Shena Ashley
Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
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I want to thank the panelists for this insightful discussion and for taking the time to engage in this conversation with us. We've only scratched the surface here but I think we have identified some interesting and testable research questions that...

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The Power of Language: Rethinking How We Talk about Place

The way we talk about places can stigmatize whole communities. Researchers, community leaders, and academics have the power to shape how people think about, react to, and create policies for neighborhoods and cities. How can we be more cognizant of the impact of our words?

Featuring the following Experts:

John Klofas, Margery Turner, Lovely A. Warren, Lucretia P. Murphy, Mary Pattillo

Nancy La Vigne
Moderated by:
Nancy La Vigne
Director, Justice Policy Center
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What a rich, insightful, and informative discussion! I've enjoyed learning from the diverse perspectives of our policy debate participants.  This discussion led us to some key principles (many summarized by John - thanks for doing my job...

POLICY DEBATE

Aiming High: How to Help Boys and Young Men of Color Achieve Academic Success

From very young ages, boys and young men of color are underrepresented among youth who excel in school, and overrepresented among those with low grades, low test scores, and disciplinary problems. What barriers are standing in the way of their academic success? How can we help these young people reach their full potential? 

Featuring the following Experts:

Cynthia Brown, Michael J. Petrilli, Charles Payne, Matthew Chingos, Ronald Ferguson, Joan Massey, Tia Martinez

Margaret Simms
Moderated by:
Margaret Simms
Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
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This has been a really rich discussion and it provides a lot for people to mull over as they think about ways to improve educational outcomes for boys and young men of color.  As noted by several of the debate participants, Ron Ferguson’s new...

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Bridging the Gap between Child Care and Workforce Development

What policy solutions could be deployed to better support the child care needs of parents trying to further their education and training?

Featuring the following Experts:

Karon Rosa, Vanessa Freytag, Ricardo Estrada, Linda Chappel, Tonya Williams

Teresa Derrick-Mills
Moderated by:
Teresa Derrick-Mills
Senior Research Associate
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Their comments point to a number of federal funding streams that organizations can use to help support parents improve their education and training including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Child Care and Development Block Grant,...