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April 26, 2017
by justinmaher

New Werby Interns to Research Homelessness and Housing Stability

By the Center for Social Policy

Former Professor and Senior Fellow Elaine Werby

The late Elaine Werby, Professor and Center for Social Policy Senior Fellow

The Center for Social Policy is pleased to welcome Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs PhD Students Vishakha Agarwal and Jason Wright as our summer 2017 Werby Interns.

The interns will engage in a directed work assignment or conduct an independent research project closely related to a Center for Social Policy priority area. Vishakha and Jason will be conducting research for our On Solid Ground project, which aims to improve housing stability and economic mobility for low income families.

Named in honor of long-time Center for Social Policy senior research fellow and housing policy expert Elaine Werby, the internship offers a $2,500 award to two undergraduate or graduate students from any academic discipline at UMass Boston who wish to gain research and evaluation experience related to the eradication of poverty, especially in Massachusetts, New England, and the United States.


The Center for Social Policy (CSP) is based at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. CSP is a research and evaluation center for policy makers, funders, and business leaders that researches the root causes of economic hardship and examines the impact of public policies and employment practices in order to boost economic well-being.  The center’s team brings with them a wealth of community and workforce development experience.

April 25, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

AARP Honors McCormack Professor, Two Gerontology Alumni

silver piggy bankHow would you make Social Security stronger?

That was the challenge AARP issued to policy researchers last year.  Two of the five ideas recently selected as the best in a flood of responses came from a professor at the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston and two gerontology scholars who received their PhD degrees from the school.

AARP recognized a proposal by Christian Weller, a McCormack professor of public policy, to expand qualifying credit options for Social Security benefits. It also selected a proposal by Kimberly J. Johnson and Elizabeth Johns to revise minimum benefits to better meet adequacy and equity standards in Social Security.  Johnson, now an assistant professor at the Indiana School of Social Work, received her UMass Boston degree in 2013. Johns, an independent scholar in Orono, Maine, was awarded her degree last year. Read more.

April 17, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

Nigerian Military Attend McCormack Peacebuilding, Interfaith Dialogue Workshop

by the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development

Nigerian Military conference attendeesIn late March, the McCormack Graduate School’s Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development (CPDD) hosted a two-day workshop on religion, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution for senior Nigerian military leaders.

The delegation included a major-general and two brigadier-generals who lead the Islam and Christian chaplaincies for the Nigerian army. They seek to develop the army’s ability to work with local populations, cooperate with religious institutions and community associations, and build local peace and security without the use of force.

In this highly interactive training, participants explored an array of methods through which religious conflicts can be mediated and resolved. The Nigerian delegation learned to understand the core of religious conflicts, to evaluate approaches to improve religious relations through several mediation theories and practices, and to facilitate interfaith dialogue, community outreach, and peace building strategies. Read more.

The Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at the McCormack Graduate School promotes conflict resolution, democracy, economic development, education building, media development, and legal and judicial reform through partnerships and training programs across the globe.

April 12, 2017
by McCormack Speaks

VIDEO: McCormack School Offers Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs

Mccormack graduatesThe John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies now offers accelerated master’s degree programs. UMass Boston undergraduates can now earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years in conflict resolution, gerontology, global comparative public administration, international relations, management of aging services, or public administration.

For highly-qualified students in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, this unique accelerated program allows students to finish their master’s degree in approximately half the time and at half the cost of a traditional two-year master’s program.

Eligible students will replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete the master’s degree.

Watch this video to learn more.

April 12, 2017
by McCormack Speaks
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How Can We Explain Political Change?

by Enrico E. Manalo, McCormack Graduate School student

Ribuc's CubeAh, April of a post-election year; a time when campaigning has come to an end, a time when life goes on, a time when we can look forward to settling into the groove of things. What’s that? My apologies, I appear to be thinking of another year. Whether you voted democrat or republican (or not at all), this March we in the United States are still talking about the outcomes of the 2016 presidential election. In any case, change is in the air and what exactly that will look like over the next few years is anyone’s guess. Continue Reading →

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