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

May 30, 2018

Consumer Data Privacy Rights: The Time is NOW

The Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gained regulatory oversight over Internet service providers (ISPs) from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2015 when the FCC reclassified ISPs as telecommunications service…  

May 28, 2018

Curbing New York City’s Impending Garbage Crisis

There appears to be a recurring theme throughout New York City history as it relates to the management of its waste, by which its citizens respond more promptly to economic motivations…  

May 1, 2018

Russian Concussion

Margaret Thatcher once said, “Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by traffic from both sides” Serving as the United Kingdom’s first female…  

April 24, 2018

Is Grit Good for the Next Generation?

Angela Duckworth has argued that American schools need to instruct “grit” to best prepare the next generation to succeed. In her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, she points…  

Mission Impossible: Repairing the New York City Subway

To any of the 5.5 million daily New York City subway users, it is clear that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is in a state of crisis. With “mean distance…  

April 23, 2018

Towards a New Status Quo

A 2017 study by Oxfam International found that only eight people owned as much of the world’s wealth as the bottom fifty percent of the global population. It does not…  

April 17, 2018

Ending the Painful Experience of Police Brutality in the U.S.

The above sign was carried in protest during the 1963 March on Washington, but it can easily be mistaken for a sign written and carried today. The problem of police…  

April 10, 2018

Restoring Social and Economic Justice by Closing Rikers Island

The closing of the Rikers Island Jail Complex is finally a reality. The decades of human rights violations and a socioeconomic burdens to NYC are coming to a close. The…  

Minorities’ Plight in the Classroom: School-To-Prison Pipeline

Educational institutions are supposed to give all children, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation, quality education to succeed in the world. Unfortunately, schools are not providing the same level…  

April 4, 2018

When Sharing Is Not So Nice

New York City is undeniably one of the most coveted places to live around the globe – the Big Apple, the Empire State of Mind, the “you make it here,…  

April 2, 2018

Millennial Activism in the Current Polarized Political Climate

In the midst of a polarized political climate, young people have found powerful and innovative ways to make their voices heard in the decision-making process. Following the Parkland school shooting,…  

March 28, 2018

Schools as Safe Places

“Where do you feel safe?” Dante Barry, co-founder and Executive Director of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, begins all his discussions about safety, as he did at Roosevelt House’s…  

March 7, 2018

To Curb Sexual Assault, U.S. Schools Must Teach Consent

Since early October 2017, the American film producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexually assaulting over 80 women throughout the course of his career. Since then, many other high-profile…  

February 27, 2018

Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse: Sci-Fi or Impending Reality?

It’s 2050: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the global leading cause of death. The total GDP loss is over $100.2 trillion, and AMR has claimed the lives of over 10 million…  

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…