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Retail Workers Face Ongoing Risk in 2021 as Virus Cases Climb ›

Yahoo! Finance | January 10, 2021
The financial and psychological impact of the pandemic on retail sales and warehouse staff will also be cause for long-term concern, Françoise Carré, research director at the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and other experts say.

The Election Is Over. How Did America Do? ›

Politico | January 10, 2021
Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development Executive Director and McCormack Graduate School Associate Professor Darren Kew is quoted in this piece on whether four years of Trump changed experts' assessment of American democracy? "The Trump presidency dealt a body blow to American democracy — certainly not fatal, but setting the stage for future challenges to the system that could continue to undermine it. My biggest fears are for the long-term impacts of all the concerted efforts he and his team have made throughout the campaign to cast doubt on the election system itself," Kew said.

Unemployed Older Workers Often Face Discrimination, Making A Bad Situation Much Worse ›

Forbes | December 21, 2020
Christian Weller, a professor of public policy and public affairs in the McCormack Graduate School, writes that unemployment has especially hurt older workers in this recession. "Older workers face more financial and physical stresses in this pandemic than younger workers do. These include long-term unemployment, threats to physical health from a raging virus and discrimination," Weller writes. "Meaningful public policy interventions to help older workers will then have to address all of these factors."

The Pandemic Recession Is Also A Retirement Crisis Recession ›

Forbes | December 14, 2020
Christian Weller, a professor of public policy and public affairs in the McCormack Graduate School, writes that the recession of 2020 is a retirement crisis recession. Millions of older workers quickly lost their jobs, while the pandemic also sharply increased risks to their health, he says.

This Recession Is Particularly Harmful To Asian Workers ›

Forbes | December 14, 2020
Christian Weller, a professor of public policy and public affairs in the McCormack Graduate School, writes that this recession has brought a lot of suffering for people looking for a new job. This is especially true for many Asian workers, he says. And things could get much worse for these workers, mainly women, as the labor market is slowing amid the accelerating pandemic.

Weymouth Committee Names Two Finalists for Interim School Superintendent ›

The Patriot Ledger | December 14, 2020
The school committee has selected two finalists for the job of interim superintendent to temporarily lead the district when Superintendent Jennifer Curtis-Whipple departs in February. The committee had voted to hire the McCormack Graduate School's Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management to assist the district with the search for a permanent superintendent.

High Fashion, High Risk ›

Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 09, 2020
Associate Professor of Global Governance and Graduate Program Director Maria Ivanova and Candace Famiglietti, a doctoral student in the Global Governance and Human Security PhD program at the McCormack Graduate School, talk about changing the stereotype of wildlife trade from "strange" cultural habits, to systemic abuse for a wealthy aesthetic on Overnights.

As Rhode Island Ages, Inequities Continue, Economic Status Worsens for Some Older People ›

The Providence Journal | December 09, 2020
The population of Rhode Islanders age 60 and older continues to grow, and as it does, some economic, racial and health disparities also persist or increase, a new study underwritten by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and released on Tuesday has found. The study, “Healthy Aging Data Report,” provides detailed community-by-community analyses intended to help organizations, foundations, and others address inequities. Data was compiled and analyzed by scientists with the McCormack Graduate School's Gerontology Institute. The team relied on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Mayor Sarno Joins Three Other Massachusetts Mayors to Deliver Important Message About Combatting Social Isolation ›

City of Springfield News | December 09, 2020
Teaming up with the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston and AARP Massachusetts, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno was one of four Bay State mayors to participate in a PSA video as part of Reach Out Massachusetts, a campaign to raise awareness about the health benefits of social connection and encourage residents to participate in the prevention of social isolation.

Crisis in Early Education and Care Demands Action ›

CommonWealth Magazine | November 30, 2020
Anne Douglass, founding executive director of the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, and Christa Kelleher, research and policy director at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School, authored this op-ed on how the state’s system of early education and care for very young children is on the brink of crisis with far-reaching consequences. They say Congresswoman Clark’s $50 billion bailout is desperately needed, along with a commitment to ensuring that early educators themselves have a say in early education policy reform moving forward.