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

May 19, 2017

Fighting for LGBT Rights in China: Why the Law is Not the Most Effective Path to Success

China, like most places in the world, is not a good place to be LGBT. This is especially true when it comes to finding and maintaining stable and satisfying work….  

May 17, 2017

Defunding Planned Parenthood – A Deeper Analysis

Reproductive health care has been a particular victim in the current Administration’s strategy to perpetuate “alternative facts” in defense of unconstitutional policies. Alongside Republican Congressional leaders, the Trump Administration is…  

May 16, 2017

Social Security: How Secure is it?

The 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of Social Security has painted a bleak picture of the future of the Social Security program. Due to a combination of…  

May 8, 2017

It’s Time to Re-Frame Gun Control

About the National Rifle Association, George Stephanopoulos once said, “They call their congressmen. They write. They vote. They contribute. And they get what they want over time.” The NRA is…  

Despite TrumpCare’s Failure, Republicans Still Cling to Bad Ideas

Last month, the Republican’s plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act failed in congress, but that hasn’t stopped them or President Trump from continuing to attempt to dismantle the bill….  

May 5, 2017

Far From Finished: Why health policy needs to ensure coverage for ALL Young Adults

Why was the cost of health coverage a worry for young people? Before 2010, prior to the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), approximately 47 million (~15 percent) Americans…  

April 14, 2017

Creating Cultural Competency in the Classroom

New York City is often labeled a melting pot for its rich diversity.  It is home to millions of individuals from countless different backgrounds that vary in race, ethnicity, and…  

Sharing (Solar) is Caring: Making Solar for All a Reality in New York

In the summer of 2015, the sun shone even brighter in New York when the Shared Renewables Program was approved, making shared solar power possible across the state. This is…  

December 16, 2016

How Smart Housing Policies Can Reign in Gentrification

Gentrification refers to the process by which low-income residents are displaced from their neighborhoods by an influx of wealthier – typically whiter – residents. In turn, the cost of living…  

December 12, 2016

Cities as a Source of Hope

The results of the presidential election highlight a starkly divided nation: people are hurting, and many feel their voices have been silenced and their needs ignored – even as their day-to-day…  

Protecting Student Privacy in a Digital Age

If the Yahoo data breach that exposed upwards of 500 million customers taught us anything about digital privacy, it is that confidential information can never be assumed to be secure….  

December 6, 2016

Barriers to the Ballot

The United States is a nation that was founded on democracy and liberal egalitarianism; Americans value the idea that all voices are heard equally, without discrimination based on class, race, gender…  

December 5, 2016

Health Crisis in the Making: The Overruling of Legal Abortion as a Public Health Issue

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its final decision on Roe v. Wade, overturning a ruling by a Texas court, and making abortion legal in the United…  

Dear President-Elect Trump: Please Make Cybersecurity a Priority

Dear President-Elect Trump, My name is Joy Nuga, and I feel as though the label “college student” is not as all encompassing as its connotation suggests. As an aspiring economist,…  

Just Pay for Hard Work

New York City is one of the most expensive cities to work and live, yet its population is approximately 8,550,405 as of July 2015 and continues to grow. According to…