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​The Smart Decarceration Initiative hosted its second national conference, “Tools and Tactics: Promising Solutions to Advance the Era of Smart Decarceration,” November 2-4 at the University of Chicago.

James Jaccard, PhD, a well-known theorist in applied social science, spoke about theory, program design and evaluation on November 9 at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

​The event “Social Justice and the Environment” commemorated what would have been Barry Commoner’s 100th year. People gathered November 2 at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work to honor the man who ignited America’s modern environmental movement. 

​In a joint appearance, the authors of “The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty” headlined an October 24 event co-sponsored by the Center for Social Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

About 65 people participated in CSD's event to celebrate the new book “Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century,” led by co-editor Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD. She began by highlighting trends in incarceration rates in the United States. “The United States is moving out of an era of mass incarceration and into an era of smart decarceration,” she said.

​​HomeGrown STL is close to putting its strategy for collective impact to work in St. Louis. The project aims to support the social mobility of black boys and men between the ages of 12 and 29 in St. Louis City and County. Read about the latest networking breakfast.

​Gina Chowa, PhD, CSD faculty director for Global Asset Building, has launched an international research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI) research center will focus on developing community-driven initiatives.

​The walls of Brown Lounge were lined with people, the floor filled with students who couldn’t find seats, all to hear from the author of “Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future.” Thomas M. Shapiro, PhD, told them that in American society “it’s tougher to get ahead at exactly the time when inequality is increasing.”

​The Smart Decarceration Initiative will hold its second national conference, “Tools and Tactics: Promising Solutions to Advance the Era of Smart Decarceration,” November 2-4 at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

​​JPMorgan Chase, Prudential and Staples were among the companies that sent representatives to a conference about financial wellness programs for employees, hosted by the Center for Social Development.

​Seventeen middle-school girls recently completed “Celebrating the Strengths of Black Girls,” a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program for racial and ethnic minority girls in the St. Louis region.

The Center for Social Development congratulates Buder Scholars Shanondora Billiot, PhD, and Jessica Black, PhD, on their new faculty positions at the University of Illinois School of Social Work and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, respectively.
Four states have created statewide Child Development Account policies, and a new report from the Center for Social Development describes them in detail with the intent of informing new initiatives in the United States. Researchers identify 10 key design components.

Next week, leading human resources executives are coming to Washington University to discuss how companies can help alleviate their employees’ financial stresses. Registration for this free event closes Thursday!

​The Center for Social Development and Prosperity Now work to advance the financial well-being of households with limited income. With this primer, we provide employers an overview of workplace-based financial wellness services.

​In their book to be released this fall, Smart Decarceration Initiative co-directors Carrie Pettus-Davis and Matthew Epperson show how decreasing the incarcerated population is not only possible, but also potentially beneficial.

​To encourage families to save for college, California has adopted the Every Kid Counts Act, which provides $3 million to fund a matching grant program. Margaret Clancy, CSD policy director, serves on the advisory committee.

​With CSD as a partner, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held two events in June at the Brown School of Social Work: The CFPB Financial Education Exchange and the Tax Time Savings Initiative Cohort Convening.

​Newly elected Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt kicked off the June 20 Child Development Account Forum by saying his office is “very focused” on the Missouri MOST 529 College Savings Plan.

Research finds that near-poor households with subsidized Marketplace insurance are 41 percentage points less likely to become delinquent on home payments compared to similar uninsured households.

​More than 100 people from various parts of the country attended the Influencing Social Policy (ISP) Policy Conference 2.0, Successes and Solutions: Policies that Work, in June at the Brown School of Social Work.

​Influencing Social Policy's Policy Conference 2.0 is in full swing at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work from June 1-3. See the photo album so far.

​​Gina Chowa, CSD faculty director for Global Asset Building, is director of the new Global Social Development Innovations Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

​New guideposts developed by an expert on prison reform at Washington University in St. Louis suggest that smart decarceration of America’s prisons is the answer.

Household Finances in Social Work Education: Tools for Educators
This free webinar provides useful tools for educating social work students about assisting clients with household finances. To watch, please click here.

Best-selling author Matthew Desmond was the keynote speaker at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council's annual fair housing conference.

​The Center for Social Development is committed to working with its partners to increase the financial capability of individuals, families, and communities across the globe!

​​Michal Grinstein-Weiss, CSD associate director, was a speaker in Tel Aviv at the conference “Making Finance Great Again,” which explored how the Trump administration may affect Israel and the global economy in finance, health care and more.

​Social Work Month may be ending, but social work’s professional commitment to addressing society’s challenges continues in earnest! Today the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative is sharing insights on moving ideas and evidence into policy.

​Motivational prompts to save tax refunds and suggested savings amounts for the tax refund can increase saving among low- and moderate-income households, finds a new experimental study from the Center for Social Development.

Center for Social Development staff members joined Southeast Missouri State University social work students in educating service providers about the Grand Challenges facing their region.

​Springing from work at the Center for Social Development, a Financial Capability and Asset Building initiative is underway in Singapore.

​​Sudha Nair, PhD, was recently named a finalist for Singaporean of the Year 2016 in recognition of her powerful impact as a social worker focused on family violence. Nair was also awarded the title of Her World Woman of the Year in August 2016. 

Three leading journals are heightening awareness of a national effort to reintroduce to social work a focus on building financial capability for all Americans: Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education and Journal of Community Practice have all published substantial articles about Financial Capability and Asset Building.

​The HomeGrown STL Inaugural Summit, February 9 at the Brown School, drew about 120 people committed to improving the lives of black boys and young men in St. Louis City and County. 

​​Parents’ savings and assets are unlikely to jeopardize federal or state need-based aid for low- and moderate-income dependent college students, according to a new policy brief from the Center for Social Development. 

​Millions of low- and moderate-income Americans who claim certain tax credits will have to wait weeks longer than usual this year for their federal income tax refunds because of a new law aimed at reducing fraud.

​Families who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are significantly more likely to make their rent and mortgage payments than are those who remain uninsured, suggests a new study from the Center for Social Development and Olin Business School.

​The Journal of Social Work Education has posted its January issue with a special section on Financial Capability and Asset Building. The papers originated as part of the Center for Social Development’s April 2015 FCAB conference Financial Capability and Asset Building: Advancing Education, Research, and Practice in Social Work.