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

December 19, 2017

Promoting Security in the South China Sea

The countries China, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and Vietnam surround the South China Sea. In order to have a dominating presence in the region, China has increased the amount…  

Climate Change and Why It Should Matter to Americans

Despite objections from certain political figures, there is scientific consensus that the rising of temperatures across the globe, as well as the rise in extreme weather events — such as…  

A City Gone Wild

New York City – as a metropolitan hub of vibrant diversity, inclusion and accommodation – has long been lauded for the opportunity and support it has provided to individuals of…  

December 13, 2017

New Yorkers Must Push for Truly Affordable Housing in New York City

New York City construction is usually associated with an ever-growing skyline composed of imposing, modern super-towers, but is rarely associated with the potential to alleviate the affordable housing crisis. Although…  

Food for Thought: Increasing Food Security in New York City

As a preteen, I began noticing that diabetes, specifically type 2, is prevalent in my family. My grandparents had it, my aunt and uncle had it, and my parents were…  

December 7, 2017

Equal Access to Education for All in New York City

Children who lack access to quality education quickly fall behind academically compared to their peers. This is largely the result of economic and housing segregation. Children from low income communities…  

November 24, 2017

Let’s Talk About Sex, Because It Could Save Lives

Sex education is a highly contested topic – or it would be if elected representatives actually talked about it. Discussing sex education is often seen as inappropriate, even among adults….  

October 24, 2017

Reframing Disability In An Ableist Society

Over the course of my relatively young life, I have quickly grown accustomed to answering questions about my physical disability from people whom I had never met before. “What’s wrong…  

July 19, 2017

Gaps in the Systems: Who’s losing in the campaign to improve Mental Health

In 2015, the City of New York released a report identifying mental illness as the single greatest source of disability in New York City. According to the report, half a…  

June 9, 2017

Can More Data on Higher Education Address Underlying Problems?

When it comes to choosing which college to attend, students and parents consider many factors, ranging from distance to majors offered. In addition to academic and social factors, the rise…  

May 26, 2017

Media Literacy Education for America and Its President

The increasing polarization in the United States has become apparent, and confirmation bias facilitated through social media only makes this worse. People tend to tune into news organizations, both online…  

The Effects of the Travel Ban on Rural Americans’ Healthcare

If you thought the effects of the GOP health-care plan were the only melancholic irony for Americans living in “Trump country,” Donald Trump’s new and revised “travel ban,” which is…  

May 24, 2017

Broken Windows and the Privatization of Public Space

Walking down the streets of New York City, you may see splotches of what once was graffiti covered up and turned into grey patches on walls. This is a legacy…  

The Great Equalizer: Language Education in the U.S.

Trump Administration’s first 100 days have come and gone, and the United States government seems more polarized as ever. White House policy directives, such a bans on immigration from majority-Muslim…  

Operation: End Hunger in the Bronx

Children who experience hunger lack a fundamental building block to health and academic success. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) fights hunger, improves nutrition and is a readily available federally-funded resource…