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Student Forum Op-Eds, Discussions, Writing, and Recent Research, Contributed by Undergraduate Public Policy Program Students

April 1, 2021

Decriminalizing Sex Work

We have come a long way to addressing the issues of sex work and defining concepts when discussing the matter. However, the problems with sex work still exists. To mitigate…  

Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Reopening Schools

In early February 2021, the CDC released its guidelines for operating schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the release of these guidelines, President Joe Biden in early March, showed his…  

March 26, 2021

Socioeconomic Conditions and Mental Health

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has put people in difficult situations. From people losing their jobs to students having to adjust to online learning many people have…  

March 18, 2021

Does the American Rescue Plan do enough for Americans?

Government assistance is a heavily debated topic. Should the government bailout individuals or companies? How far is far enough? We need to discuss questions like this when we look at…  

March 17, 2021

What is the Price for Prescription Drug Innovation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that it is more important than ever to ensure Americans have access to affordable medications. The pandemic has greatly strained families’ ability to access health…  

March 10, 2021

Prop 22 Allows Uber and Lyft to Hurt Their Drivers

Riley Elliot, a delivery driver for UberEats, went viral after uploading a tearful video on TikTok detailing his financial hardships because of low tips and low wages. Elliot describes a…  

March 4, 2021

Texas Power Grid: Economics and Climate Change

On February 13, 2021, Texas was struck by a winter storm, informally known as Winter Storm Uri. The extremely cold temperatures crippled Texas’s power system, causing blackouts across the state,…  

February 25, 2021

Why Joe Biden’s Order to Cut Ties with Private Prisons is Controversial

On January 26th, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to eliminate the use of privately operated criminal detention centers. More specifically, the executive order keeps the Department of Justice…  

December 1, 2020

Strive Towards Restorative Justice with a Call towards Mental Health Services and Response

Every institution within our political system has been thrown into chaos in the year 2020. Every month holds a new historic event to shake the world in ways like never…  

November 11, 2020

Moving Past the Green New Deal Rhetoric

On the 7th of February in 2019, freshman New York Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez introduced to the 116th Congress of the United States H. Res. 109, titled “Recognizing the duty of…  

Modern Anti-Trust Law: Looking Past Big Tech

Years of bi-partisan frustration with Big Tech have culminated this past month with the House Judiciary Committee’s report on the threat of Big Tech’s Monopolization. While the Democrats call for…  

November 4, 2020

Millions of Americans face Eviction in the Aftermath of Covid-19

At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, governors and local government officials issued executive orders instructing non-essential businesses to close and encouraged residents to shelter in place. In a matter…  

November 3, 2020

Access and Equity: Schooling in a Pandemic

Over the last few months, New York City’s schools shifted the way they educate their 1.2 million students in order to protect the health and safety students, faculty and staff…  

NYC Detention Rates during COVID-19

Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, there have been over 7700 protests across America against incidents of police brutality and systemic racism against black people. These…  

October 20, 2020

Undocumented Students Are Excluded from Federal Aid – Once Again

Undocumented students contribute more than $10 billion in annual taxes, but the federal government refuses to grant them any federal relief aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of federal…