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Who Belongs? Millennial Attitudes on Immigration
February 19, 2018
More than three-quarters of millennials agree that undocumented immigrants who meet eligibility requirements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be allowed to gain U.S. citizenship, a survey by the GenForward Project at the University of Chicago finds. Based on interviews with nearly nineteen hundred individuals...
Exploring African Americans' High Maternal and Infant Death Rates
February 16, 2018
African Americans suffer disproportionately high rates of maternal and infant death in part as a result of the stress caused by institutional racism and sexism, an issue brief from the Center for American Progress finds. Based on a literature review, the brief, Exploring African Americans' High Maternal and Infant Death Rates (HTML, 13 pages,...
Rising to the Challenge, Together
February 13, 2018
The nascent field of climate adaptation in the United States is not yet equal to the task, or evolving quickly or deliberately enough, to manage worsening climate threats, a report from the Kresge Foundation finds. Based on interviews, surveys, and a literature review, the report, Rising to the Challenge, Together (106 pages, PDF), found that...
Teaching Hard History: American Slavery
February 10, 2018
Schools are not adequately teaching the history of slavery in the United States and the impact it continues to have on race relations, a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center finds. Based on a survey of high school seniors and social studies teachers, as well as an analysis of fifteen state standards and ten widely used U.S. history books,...
A Check Up on U.S. Global Health Policy, After One Year of the Trump Administration
February 4, 2018
After a decade of increases under the Bush and Obama administrations, changes to and proposed funding cuts for U.S. global health policy under the Trump administration will have significant implications for global health and development, an issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. Based on the January 2018 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll...
Accelerating Acceptance 2018
February 1, 2018
Americans' acceptance of and comfort with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals fell in 2017, a report from LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD finds. The report, Accelerating Acceptance 2018 (executive summary, 3 pages, PDF), found that for the first time since GLAAD began commissioning Harris to poll on the issue in 2014, the...
Mindset Shifts and Parent Teacher Home Visits
January 29, 2018
Educators' home visits with their students' families can help both educators and parents change their behaviors in ways that support student achievement, a report from Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) finds. Funded by the Flamboyan, W.K. Kellogg, and Stuart foundations and the National Education Association, the report, Mindset Shifts and Parent...
The Gender Divide: Tracking Women’s State Prison Growth
January 26, 2018
While criminal justice reforms have helped reduce the total number of people incarcerated in state prisons since 2009, women's prison populations in some states have increased so much as to cancel out any reduction in male prison populations, a report from the Prison Policy Initiative finds. Based on data from all fifty states going back to 1978,...
The Kresge Foundation Arts & Culture Program: The First Decade
January 23, 2018
The Kresge Foundation's decision to focus its arts and culture program on creative placemaking required not only agility but a sea change in its approach to grantmaking, a report from the foundation finds. The first in a series of studies focused on creative placemaking, the report, The Kresge Foundation Arts & Culture Program: The First...
2017 College Student Survey
January 20, 2018
While just over half (53 percent) of college students believe their course of study will lead to a good job, only about a third are confident they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34 percent) or the workplace (36 percent), a survey from the Strada Education Network and Gallup finds. Based on...
Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Asian Americans
January 17, 2018
More than a third of Asian Americans report having been subjected to racial or ethnic slurs (32 percent) and negative assumptions or insensitive or offensive comments about their race/ethnicity, a survey by National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. According to the report,...
The Path to Marriage Equality in Ireland: A Case Study
January 11, 2018
The path to Ireland's 2015 referendum to legalize same-sex marriage required forming a consensus among the LGBTQ community, bringing in technical expertise as well as lived experience, and forging a simple message that resonated with a large part of the electorate, a case study from Atlantic Philanthropies, which funded major LGBTQ organizations...