Watch the Latest Episode of Degrees of Freedom with NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez

PUBLISHED ON August 25, 2016

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver School of Social Work is pleased to present a new episode of the quarterly web series Degrees of Freedom, in which New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez discusses the Council’s understanding of the structural issues perpetuating poverty and how it is acting to address them.


Along with host Gary Parker, the McSilver Institute's Deputy Director, Councilwoman Mendez discusses the ways she and her colleagues gather information from people on the ground, and how they seek to address inequities not only through laws but also through initiatives, like a program she has championed to fund legal services for the “legally indigent.”

Degrees of freedom is a statistical term used in quantitative data analysis. However, the phrase also connotes and reflects the McSilver Institute’s mission to rapidly translate research-derived knowledge into action, ultimately resulting in communities rising together to overcome poverty. Each 10-15 minute episode in the series features a lively interview with a leading policymaker, researcher, or service provider making great strides to empower individuals and families living in poverty.

Be on the lookout for upcoming episodes of Degrees of Freedom, in which we will continue to explore our understanding of poverty and how to interrupt it.

Sandy Bernabei

In Case You Missed It:

Catch up on Degrees of Freedom's last episode in which Anti-Racist Alliance co-founder and National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter President Sandy Bernabei makes an impassioned case for anti-racist social work practice in our race-constructed nation.