Forum for Durham City Council Candidates Thursday

Initiative on Poverty and Social Justice, Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Initiative on Poverty and Social Justice will hold a forum for six Durham city council candidates on Thursday, Oct. 15. The 7 p.m. event, to be held in the Nelson Music Room in the East Duke Building on East Campus, is free and open to the public. Off street parking is available. The... Read More »

New Report: Bootstraps Are For Black Kids

The Cook Center, Thursday, October 1, 2015
Blacks families with a median net worth of only 24K give more for higher education than white families who provide support at 168K+, according to a new study released by The Cook Center. Despite a close to 19 to 1 racial difference in median wealth, black parents... Read More »

David Grusky on Social Mobility

Working Group on Social Mobility, Tuesday, September 15, 2015
On Thursday, Sept. 10, David Grusky, the director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, gave a talk on the current state of academic work on mobility in the U.S. Grusky, one of today’s leading sociologists specializing in the field of social mobility, spoke to the Cook... Read More »

News Tip: What's Behind India's Version of Affirmative Action?

Duke Today, Monday, August 31, 2015
"There has always been controversy about caste quotas in government job recruitment and career advancement, which were instituted soon after India became an independent nation. In recent decades, economics and politics have combined forces to worsen the controversy,” says Anirudh Krishna, a... Read More »

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The Cook Center, Monday, August 31, 2015
Browse through photos from Cook Center events this summer, including the celebration of the center’s formal naming on Aug. 24, the Young Scholars Summer Research Institute held in July, and the center’s June retreat where a team of scholars helped develop the Center’s strategic vision. 

Celebration: The Naming of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

The Cook Center, Thursday, August 27, 2015
As students returned to class for the start of the fall 2015 semester, nearly 200 people joined Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook and his family to celebrate the naming of the Duke University's first center on social equity after him. The center -- the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity... Read More »

Ph.D. Student Janelle Jones Awarded Grant

Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ph.D. student Janelle Jones of Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, has received a one-year doctoral grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Jones, who specializes in economics, will conduct research on the impact of intergenerational transfer of wealth... Read More »

Young Scholars Summer Research Institute Helps Durham Youth Develop Writing, Research Skills

Duke Today, Monday, August 17, 2015
Through the Young Scholars Summer Research Institute, Durham Public School students in 8th, 9th and 10th grades spent two weeks developing writing and research skills and learning about the intersection of wealth, racial, legal, housing, gender, and educational Inequalities as well as... Read More »

Study Finds Education Does Not Close Racial Wealth Gap

NPR, Monday, August 17, 2015
It's no secret that the great recession took its toll on the wealth of millions of Americans. Conventional wisdom held that people with college degrees did not feel the pinch nearly so much as those with less formal education. A new study out today from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis... Read More »

Racial Wealth Gap Persists Despite Degree, Study Says

New York Times, Sunday, August 16, 2015
William A. Darity Jr., a professor of public policy at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, points out that a family headed by a black college graduate has less wealth on average than a family headed by a white high school dropout. Read more: http://www.nytimes... Read More »