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July 17, 2017
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Public Policy Alumna Earns Fellowship to Study Inclusion for Women and Children with Disabilities

Ana Maria Sanchez RodriguezAna María Sánchez Rodríguez (Public Policy PhD, 2017) has been awarded a three year post-doctoral fellowship as an international researcher under the Caroline research programme, co-funded under Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The Caroline programme funds collaborative research projects with Irish and internationally-based non-governmental organizations.

Sánchez Rodríguez will be working with Handicap International and Maynooth University to explore, analyze, and promote effective community-level innovations that can be scaled up to influence the development or revision of government policy to enforce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on women and girls with disabilities.

She will examine how the gap between effective community-level practices and national-level policies can be bridged in order to scale-up the most effective and inclusive initiatives for achieving the SDGs for marginalized groups, in particular, women and girls with disabilities.

“That Ana has been awarded this prestigious post-doctoral fellowship amazes me, but is no surprise,” said Professor Donna Haig Friedman. “For all the years I have journeyed with Ana, most recently as her dissertation chair, I have witnessed her conceptually-grounded and methodologically rigorous scholarship, her intelligence, curiosity, and deep commitment to learning, as well as her generous spirit and heart.”

Dean David Cash agrees, “I have no doubt that Ana’s work – past, present and future – will significantly advance the well-being and human rights of marginalized people regardless of gender, age, or ability.”

This award represents Sánchez Rodríguez’s second international research fellowship. In April 2015, she was chosen as one of only fifteen to earn the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship. In this research, she examined grassroots organizations’ practices to end violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Mexico.

Sánchez Rodríguez earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla in Mexico and completed an Msc degree in non-governmental organizations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

July 12, 2017
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McCormack Grad School to Cohost Live Conversations with Boston Mayoral Candidates Marty Walsh, Tito Jackson

by the University of Massachusetts Office of Communications

Live Town Hall Conversations with Boston Mayoral CandidatesUMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School has teamed up with WBUR, the Boston Globe, NBC Boston, NECN, and Telemundo Boston to jointly host live conversations with Boston mayoral candidates on July 19 and 20.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and challenger Tito Jackson, a Boston city councilor, will participate in hour-long conversations later this month before a live audience at UMass Boston. The conversations will be broadcast live on WBUR radio, 90.9 FM, and live-streamed online by WBUR, the Boston Globe, and UMass Boston before an audience in the school’s media auditorium.

The conversations are intended as a kick-off to the campaign season, introducing the leading candidates for mayor and exploring issues that are important to the city’s future. Read more.

July 12, 2017
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How to Measure Real Potential Cost of New Health Care Legislation for Elders

by Marc Cohen and Kris Wiitala

This post originally appeared on McCormack’s Gerontology Institute blog.

US capitol buildingBoth the House-passed version of ACA repeal legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and the Senate’s version currently under deliberation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – include a particularly debilitating change: a per capita cap system of funding for Medicaid. This change would dramatically cut federal Medicaid funding to states. It would force states to make difficult decisions between benefit cuts, provider payment cuts, and changes to eligibility requirements – or all of these in varying measure – in order to balance their budgets. Analyses have pointed out how a per capita cap system would lead to significant underfunding of long-term services and supports (LTSS), penalize adults and children with disabilities, lead to significant shortfalls in state funding, and cause financial challenges for providers.  Continue reading.

July 10, 2017
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VIDEO: McCormack Graduate School Makes Impact on Global Conflicts

Darren Kew, executive director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development and associate professor of conflict resolution, human security, and global governance talks about how conflict resolution work being done in Nigeria is relevant in Boston and other parts of the world.

July 5, 2017
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Public Policy Graduate Studies Roma Experiences in Serbian Labor Market, Earns Dissertation Award

Marija Bingulac, PhD

Marija Bingulac, PhD

The Romani people face numerous challenges in Serbia including disproportionately high rates of unemployment, poverty, and discrimination. They are 8 times more likely than non-Roma to live in absolute poverty. More than 60% of the Romani people are unemployed. Some 65% percent live in settlements without access to safe drinking water and 77% are without a sewage system; 26% do not have access to electricity.

Recent McCormack graduate Marija Bingulac (PhD, Public Policy) conducted research focused on measuring labor-market discrimination and hiring practices that create major barriers to gainful employment for the Romani. Continue Reading →

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