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

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…  

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 15, 2017

Emergency Devastation: The Critical Need for Improved Community Preparedness

Nearly five years ago, on October 29, 2012, New York City encountered one of the most massive super storms that the Northeast has ever faced, Hurricane Sandy. The storm wreaked…  

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…