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New study explores link between childhood violence, high school completion

The Chronicle, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Being the victim of violence can have drastic effects on children’s lives, including increasing their odds of dropping out of high school, according to new research. A study called “Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Community Violence and High School Graduation” showed that girls who had experienced... Read More »

Can Baby Bonds Help Close Baltimore's Wealth Gap?

The Real News Network, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Most social programs that address the poverty problem give out resources after someone has already experienced poverty, but "what we need is a structural apparatus in this society where people don't get exposed to poverty in the first place," says Dr. Sandy Darity. Learn more here... Read More »

The Median Net Worth of Black Bostonians Is Lower Than the Cost of Lunch

The Root, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
There isn’t a whole lot you can get in a major East Coast city for $8. Meals at most lunch spots, once you include tax, will run higher than that (a Shake Shack double costs $8.09, for example). But that amount—a measly $8—is making the rounds thanks to a Boston Globe spotlight investigation... Read More »

Black Racial Stereotypes and Victim Blaming: Implications for Media Coverage and Criminal Proceedings in Cases of Police Violence against Racial and Ethnic Minorities

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Monday, December 11, 2017
A new paper by Professor Sarah E. Gaither (Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University and a faculty affiliate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity) entitled "Black Racial Stereotypes and Victim Blaming: Implications for Media Coverage and Criminal Proceedings in Cases of Police... Read More »

Planting Trees and the Racial History of Durham Housing

Duke Today, Monday, December 11, 2017
Durham is a midsize Southern city on the rise. Located in one of the fastest growing regions of the country, Durham is staking out its place as a hotspot in the new economy. But the city has a legacy of inequality. Take housing. Many neighborhoods had "covenants" requiring that excluded... Read More »

New Research Brief: "Civic Wealth: A Framework for Understanding Civic Engagement"

Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Scholars Strategy Network and Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Friday, December 8, 2017
Civic Wealth: A Framework for Understanding Civic Engagement provides a foundation for a structural analysis of political inequality, introducing the concept of “civic wealth” to offer a more holistic and complete picture of political engagement and disengagement. The authors ... Read More »

Kids as young as 5 show racial bias, research suggests

CBC Radio-Canada, Thursday, December 7, 2017
It's that lack of discussion that can lead to increases in bias," said Sarah Gaither, an assistant professor in Duke University's department of psychology and neuroscience. However, having those discussions is a delicate matter with its own challenges, she says. If you're not taking the colour-... Read More »

The Elite Is Not Who You Think It Is—It Might Be You

YES! Magazine, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
To most, the Occupy movement is best characterized by the slogan “We are the 99 percent.” Indeed, a year before Occupy sprang to life, the top 1 percent held roughly 35 percent of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 50 percent held about 1 percent. But the data tell a more complex story, and the... Read More »

Duke University scholars conduct in-depth exchange with Renmin University of China on issues related to education and poverty

Renmin University of China, Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Dr. Gwendolyn L. Wright, on behalf of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, visited Renmin University of China on November  22nd. Both Dr. Wright and Renmin University faculty introduced their research work and discussed the future... Read More »

Victims of Childhood Violence More Likely to Drop Out of High School

Psych Central, Monday, December 4, 2017
High school students who were victims of violence before the age of 16 are more likely to drop out of high school compared with their peers who have not experienced violence, according to a new study co-authored by a Duke University scholar. The findings reveal that teen girls and boys who had... Read More »

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