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April 12, 2017
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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 →

March 8, 2017
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OD(T)’ing on the Election?

American flag with Democrats and Republicans printed on the sideby Enrico Manalo, McCormack Graduate School student

Ah, March 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 →

February 17, 2017
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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 15, 2017
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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.

February 1, 2017
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Equality is a Zero Sum Game

By Edward Henry
An International Relations student at the McCormack Graduate School

human rights

When I was asked to write a piece on my experiences attending the Women’s March, I wanted to write about the festive atmosphere that permeated the march. I wanted to write about arriving downtown early to feel the excitement of the marchers already streaming towards the Common. When I sat down to write, I intended to report the positivity in addition to addressing the critiques of the march. But, the videos and images from the Inauguration Day protests in DC, the police presence in the Boston companion march that night, and the police presence at the Boston Protest against the Muslim Ban led to a change in direction.

The Women’s March was successful in pulling millions worldwide into the streets to stand in support of women’s equality in addition to a host of equality issues. But reporting only that would be repeating the mistakes of previous equality movements. Continue Reading →

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