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February 28, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Do legislative staffers deserve a raise, too?

by Christa Kelleher, Research and Policy Director
Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

MA State House domeNow that Massachusetts legislators have secured increased compensation for themselves, they should take a hard look at the pay levels of those who work for them. Fair and livable wages should be the norm for all workers whether they are employed by private, nonprofit, or public entities. Those who step up into a public service role as a legislative aide, budget analyst, chief of staff, or any of the other positions essential to our representational democracy deserve to be compensated fairly and adequately.

Yet it’s unclear whether this is the case here in Massachusetts. While earnings data are available through Massachusetts Open Checkbook, no titles are provided for employees listed and it’s not possible to systematically examine salaries by position, by legislative office, or by the race, ethnicity, or sex/gender identity of staff members.

There may never be an ideal moment to address the topic of pay for those who work in the Legislature.

Read the full story.

This blog is posted with permission from Mass-INC, publisher of Commonwealth Magazine.

Christa Kelleher, PhD      Research Director, Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, McCormack Graduate SchoolChrista Kelleher oversees research on women’s public leadership and a range of public policy issues that affect women, with a particular focus on women’s reproductive and maternal health. She specializes in identifying, analyzing, and promoting public policies that improve the conditions of women’s lives; advancing women’s public leadership; state and local policy development

February 27, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

BARI and URBAN.Boston Ask the Question, “How Can Researchers Engage Communities for Social Change?”

This blog is reprinted with permission from the Boston Area Research Initiative.

How can reearchers engage communities for social change

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), in conjunction with URBAN.Boston, hosted an event at Codman Square Health Center asking the question, “How can urban researchers engage communities for social change?”

The evening was structured to foster conversation between researchers and community members and organizations. The night began with brief presentations by five graduate students from local universities who had received research seed grants from BARI. They then discussed the nature of research in local communities and responded to audience questions on a panel moderated by BARI Co-Director Dan O’Brien. The night concluded with a breakout session that further explored these themes, led by URBAN.Boston Co-Director Michael Johnson, faculty at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School.

The featured graduate students included Caitlin Carey & Marija Bingulac, PhD candidates in public policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston; Andrew Trlica, a PhD student in Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment; Liana Tuller, a PhD candidate in Northeastern University’s Department of Sociology; and Sandeep Jani, a PhD student in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

Read the full story posted on the BARI website.



February 17, 2017
by McCormack Speaks
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UMass Boston, Suffolk DA Partner on Restorative Justice Program for Juvenile Offenders

McCormack Graduate School will assist in Boston juvenile restorative justice programMcCormack Graduate School’s Restorative Justice Project, part of the work of its Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, recently signed a memorandum of understanding  to create an initiative for juvenile offenders that uses restorative justice.

The pilot project is the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

Read the news story written by UMass Boston’s Colleen Locke.

February 16, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Local Graduate Students Prepare for International Studies Association Convention

McCormack Graduate School students prepare for ISA annual conventionIntended to prepare students from the greater Boston area for their presentations or panels at the International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention to be held in Baltimore later this month, the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies hosted local scholars to exhibit current research or to deliver papers related to the convention’s theme of “Understanding Change in World Politics.”

Students and faculty from across New England who are presenting at ISA as well as students who had research related to international relations were invited to present. Nine PhD students participated in the event ̶ predominantly women and including international students from Afghanistan, Columbia, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia. Continue Reading →

February 15, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

McCormack’s Community Mediation Grant Program Shows Large Return on Investment

"Solution" written on blackboardAs the state dispute resolution agency, the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC), part of UMass Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, awards annual state operating grants to 12 local community mediation centers statewide delivering services through trained volunteers. Each January, through a legislative briefing at the State House, MOPC reports back to state officials about the impact the public funding has made in providing conflict resolution services to local courts and communities.

Convened by Representative Sarah Peake and Senator Adam Hinds, the briefing was attended by more than 130 people who listened to students from middle and high schools in Fitchburg, Greenfield, Lawrence, and Lowell talk about helping to resolve conflict in their respective schools and what being a peer mediator has meant to them.

Read the entire news story on our website.

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