McClendon Receives Andrew Young Award

McClendon Receives Andrew Young Award
For her work, Dr. Gena Gunn McClendon has been honored with the Ambassador Andrew J. Young Award for Outstanding Ethics, Service, and Commitment to Family and Community.

Friedman: Spark Prosperity for Everyone to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Friedman: Spark Prosperity for Everyone to Close the Racial Wealth Gap
Robert E. Friedman believes we can close the racial wealth divide in a generation. “I believe in the promise of this country … and in this community. St. Louis has become a symbol to the country of the results of racial inequity, and I think it’s leading the way to close the racial wealth divide, […]

Sawhill: Big-Impact Research, Data Access Needed to Help Working Class

Sawhill: Big-Impact Research, Data Access Needed to Help Working Class
Isabel Sawhill thinks too many researchers are more interested in publishing papers than making sure their work has major impact. “An awful lot of researchers are not asking the right questions,” says Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. “We need to push scholars to do more research on big questions.”

In St. Louis, Differences in Voting Conditions by Race, Income

In St. Louis, Differences in Voting Conditions by Race, Income
Research from the Center for Social Development shows that where voters live can influence their ability to vote. “In volunteering at the polls, I noticed that equipment malfunctions and other issues seemed relatively common at some sites, explained Gena Gunn McClendon, director of CSD’s Voter Access and Engagement initiative and a co-author of “Will I […]

Second Voter Engagement Summit Brings Leaders to the Brown School

Second Voter Engagement Summit Brings Leaders to the Brown School
On September 12 at the Brown School, representatives from regional universities, Missouri and Illinois election board members and community organizations convened for the second Campus and Community Voter Engagement Summit. “The summit presented opportunities for key stakeholders to have a dialogue about the significance of strategies that promote student participation in voting and the importance […]

Illinois Approves Child Development Accounts for All Newborns

Illinois Approves Child Development Accounts for All Newborns
Illinois became the most recent state in the U.S. to adopt universal Child Development Accounts on August 23, when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation to open a 529 college savings plan account with deposits for every child born or adopted in Illinois after Dec. 31, 2020.

Rigged: Second Screening Brings Voter Suppression Discussion to the Community

Rigged: Second Screening Brings Voter Suppression Discussion to the Community
Awareness about voter suppression is gaining momentum, in part through screenings of “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.” Building on a positive response to the first screening on Washington University’s campus, the Center for Social Development’s Voter Access and Engagement (VAE) project collaborated with community partners to host a second screening on August 3, 2019 at […]

CSD Event: Film Explores the Fleecing of Voters’ Rights

CSD Event: Film Explores the Fleecing of Voters’ Rights
More than 100 guests turned out Wednesday afternoon for a screening of the documentary “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.” “Voter suppression is wrong, and it’s real,” Mac Heller, the documentary’s executive producer, said before the show. The event at the Brown School was a joint effort between the Voter Access and Engagement (VAE) initiative and […]