Health, Race & Ethnicity

COVID-19 in Vulnerable Communities: Past Public Health Failures Threaten Successful Rollout of Vaccine Candidates

by Arsene Frederic Jr. This spring, governors and local officials across the U.S issued executive orders to halt public gatherings and close non-essential businesses to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In a swift response, the Trump Administration convened Operation Warp Speed to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and […]

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Child and Family Policy, Education

The Consequences of School Voucher Programs

The recent appointment of Betsy Devos as the US Education Secretary reignited the controversial issue of school voucher programs. Proponents of vouchers, including Devos, argue that school choice increases public schools’ performance due to the competition presented by private and charter schools. However, research shows that vouchers, at best, provide mixed results for students. Lower Student […]

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LBGTQ+, Politics

LGBTQ Candidates Try to Make History in 2016 Election

In the wake of a tumultuous presidential election, it is important to recognize some of the significant down-ballot electoral efforts. Hundreds of LGBTQ candidates sought office at the local, state, and federal levels this election cycle. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization that works to elect LGBTQ individuals to office, endorsed 135 candidates. […]

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Gender, Social Policy

Death Rates on the Rise for White Women in Rural America

In the 2016 election, the electorate heard both candidates highlight the plight of urban communities and call for a resolution to common problems of crime, poverty, and unemployment. This spotlight, however, has led many to disregard a variety of problems that exist in smaller, rural, low-income communities. These communities are facing a plethora of challenges, […]

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