McSilver Joins Congressional Black Caucus Effort to Address Youth Suicide

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has launched a new emergency taskforce focused on addressing suicide rates among Black youth. The taskforce will include a working group of academic and practicing experts, led by Dr. Michael Lindsey, Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU and faculty head of the Strategies to Reduce Inequality Initiative. Learn more here.

New Research on HIV Treatment and Service Delivery for Adolescents and Young Adults

New research by Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, Director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and SRI Faculty Affiliate, highlights the need for specific and targeted HIV services for adolescents and young adults. In a recent paper published by the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos and colleagues, discuss the adolescent and young adult disparities within HIV prevention and treatment and a plan for differentiated care for this often overlooked population. Read the article here.

The Criminalization of Poverty

On Thursday, March 14th, Peter Edelman, Georgetown University’s Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy, sat down with Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, to discuss his most recent book, Not A Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. The talk, hosted by the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and the Strategies to Reduce Inequality Initiative, highlighted many of the injustices that poverty impacted individuals face and how we can end this devastating cycle. Read on here.

New Report: Homelessness in NYC Elementary Schools: Student Experiences and Educator Perspectives

As part of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools’ Equity Access and Diversity Series, SRI Faculty Affiliates, Kathryn Hill, PhD, and Zitsi Mirakhur, PhD have released a report on Homelessness in New York City Elementary Schools.

The report details the rise of student homelessness, particularly in elementary schools, highlighting student and educator perspectives. Click here to learn more and download the report!

Posing Beauty in African American Culture – Photo Exhibition

Deborah Willis, Ph.D, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts and Strategies to Reduce Inequality Faculty Affiliate recently curated an exhibition at the David Driskell Center of the University of Maryland, College Park. The exhibition, entitled “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” examines the range of beauty within African American people and culture. Please continue here to learn more.

Anna Deavere Smith nominated for NAACP Image Awards

Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, Tisch School of the Arts faculty member, and SRI Faculty Affiliate, has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards in recognition of her recent play, Notes from the Field. Notes from the Field is a single person performance that showcases the voices of 18 individuals affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. View the HBO trailer here.

Professor Deavere Smith has been nominated for several previous NAACP Awards for her work on the television series Nurse Jackie and The West Wing. Her recent work has earned her nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, and Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie. The 50th NAACP Image Awards will take place on Saturday, March 30th. To learn more, click here.

Suicides Among Black Children Are On the Rise. Where Are We?

The McSilver Institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Michael A. Lindsey, has just been published online in The Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP. His guest op-ed, “Suicides Among Black Children Are On the Rise. Where Are We?” is a sober look at a rising suicide trend, as well as a bold call for leaders, educators, caretakers, and communities to take mental health more seriously. Click here to learn more!