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In Defense of Asian American Identity: Reflections from a Chinese American Adoptee

By Emily Thoman, Ph.D student When I was first approached about writing this blog post, I was excited–finally, an official space for me to share my perspective on Asian American issues that mattered to me! But as I started the writing process, that excitement quickly wore off and imposter syndrome set in. Not in the […]

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Sharing Power, Originating Knowledge with Communities

By Alexandra Piñeros Shields, Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice of Racial Equity Through collective inquiry, the oppressed could make meaning of their sacred texts and the suffering in their lives. I had never been as excited about having breakfast as that summer. Every morning, I got ready as quickly as I could so I […]

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The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Toward Justice

By Maria Madison, IERE Director From the 15th through 19th centuries 12 ½ million Africans were forcibly transported across brutal waters to the Americas.  An estimated 2 million perished ‘en route’; millions died or were murdered during brutal servitude, while others were forced to procreate or nurse plantation owners’ babies. Those who survived fought against […]

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Celebrating Black History Month by Restoring G.I. Bill Benefits for Black WW II Veterans

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity. By Mariela Martinez, MPP Candidate and IERE Graduate Research Assistant We hope to shed some light on the untold stories of Black WW II veterans who deserved to benefit […]

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Breaking the Code on Racial Justice x Tech Policy

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity. By Maria Madison, IERE Director We stand now at the precipice of a technological revolution that is changing the very way that society operates. It feels like much longer […]

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Reflection in HOPE 

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity. By Janelle Ridley, MPP Economic and Racial Equity Concentration Chair and PhD Student  As I sit and reflect on 2021—what this past year has meant to me personally, professionally, and […]

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What I’m Taking With Me: Gratitude, Vision, and a Method for the Madness 

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity. By Jessica Santos, PhD ’15, Director of the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research*  A few years before I came to the Heller School as a PhD student to study social policy, I worked with newly arrived refugees. My job was […]

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Predatory Advertising and Discriminatory Debt in the For-Profit College Industry 

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity Education isn’t “the great equalizer,” as Horace Mann once said. Over the summer, I had the chance to work with the IERE Modeling Discriminatory Debt team as part of […]

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Technology Needs to Achieve Distributive Justice

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity. “The main question for our technological future becomes, ‘Whose technology are we using and for what cause?’”  Technology’s impact stood at my periphery, where the joys of late-night YouTube binges […]

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Reparations as the Pinnacle of “Fairness”

By Pierrce Holmes, MPP Candidate and Segal Fellow Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity Despite this obsession with “fairness,” this country was built on the back of the most unfair system imaginable—chattel slavery. American culture […]