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

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…  

November 22, 2016

Stopping the Torture of the Mentally Ill in Our Nations Prison’s and Jails

In January of 2013, Jose Bautista was arrested on a misdemeanor charge following a family dispute. Unable to afford the $250 bail, Bautista ended up a cell in Riker’s Island…  

November 15, 2016

Streamlining Approval: Supporting The Future Of Precision Medicine

In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, a $1 billion government-wide strategy to detect, cure, and eliminate all kinds of…  

Subsidizing Nuclear Energy in New York

As a part of Governor Cuomo’s newly approved Clean Energy Standard (CES), nuclear energy in upstate New York will be receiving subsidies in the coming years to help it compete…  

May 27, 2016

The Importance of Critical Media Literacy in Higher Education

Islamophobia is on the rise in the United States. According to a study from the Brookings Institute, unfavorable attitudes towards Islam have increased by 14% in the last decade. Considering…  

May 20, 2016

We need a “The Breakfast Club” Policy Instead of School Suspensions

In recent years, journalists and academics have shed light on the way that policies that seem race-neutral are, in fact, causing immense devastation to communities of color.  In the critically…  

May 12, 2016

Planning for Disaster: Using Urban Design and Planning to Adapt to Increasing Threats of Terror

In the wake of the most recent tragic attacks in Belgium and Lahore, we are confronted, once again with the ugly reality of terrorism becoming a regular occurrence of modern…  

May 9, 2016

A Third Way

In the last few years, dysfunction and gridlock have been a hallmark of American politics.  The constant disputes between the Democrats and the Republicans have resulted in a consistent failure…  

May 6, 2016

How much does income affect access and success in college?

The American educational reformer Horace Mann famously referred to education as the “great equalizer” of all our conditions. But for many Americans, the equalizing power of higher education remains largely…