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​In “Five Dimensions of Climate Science Reductionism,” Jonathan Rigg and Lisa Reyes Mason assert that science tends to extract climate change from its social and environmental contexts, making climate change a “detached physical process.”

​Fifty years after the passage of the Fair Housing and Civil Rights Acts, a new book  ̶  “Facing Segregation: Housing Policy Solutions for a Stronger Society”  ̶  brings together influential scholars, practitioners and policy analysts to reflect on how to use public policy to reduce segregation.

​Millions of families in the United States are financially unstable, and they have few places to turn for guidance and support. Margaret Sherraden hopes to change that by marshalling a largely overlooked resource.

Murli Desai, a Brown School alumna, has received the Life Time Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Social Workers in India.

​Our Voter Access and Engagement initiative trained and dispatched 38 researchers to 20 polling places in St. Louis City and County on Election Day, November 6. Most of the researchers were students at the Brown School. 

​The Azerbaijan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Sahil Babayev and Social Policy and Services Department Head Himalay Mamishov met with Center for Social Development Director Michael Sherraden, International Director Li Zou and Research Associate Aytakin Huseynli.

​The Center for Social Development at Washington University’s Brown School is once again engaged in partnership for development of social work in mainland China. The focus is on financial capability.

Center for Social Development Director Michael Sherraden and International Director Li Zou represented Washington University in St. Louis during a conference on “The 30th Anniversary of the Re-establishment of Social Work in China.”

Michael Sherraden delivered the keynote address at the Grand Challenges for Social Work event “Economic Equality and Financial Capability” at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work.

​In St. Louis and St. Louis County, voter registration and voting are lower in ZIP codes with more black residents, according to a new study from the Center for Social Development.

​After a landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change came out, Lisa Reyes Mason, CSD faculty director for Environment and Social Development, spoke up about what people can do.

​A delegation from Washington University in St. Louis including Brown School Dean Mary McKay and Center for Social Development leaders participated the celebration of Washington University Day at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

​About 50 people participated in Election Protection training on October 23 at the Brown School. Denise Lieberman, senior attorney for the Voter Protection Program at the Advancement Project, led the nonpartisan training to prepare volunteer poll monitors for the November 6 election.

​The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition Inc. has received a $375,000 federal grant for its programs to promote financial security for American Indian families in Oklahoma.

​The article is the first in Chinese to describe U.S. social workers’ growing view about the importance of policy changes and institutional arrangements for financial inclusion and capability, and to emphasize the unique role of social workers in achieving this goal.

​Are you a dream hoarder? If you’re in the “favored fifth” of income distribution, the top 20 percent, you may be, says author and scholar Richard V. Reeves.

​Michael Sherraden will deliver the keynote address at a Grand Challenges for Social Work event on October 25 at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work.

​Sheretta Butler-Barnes and and Odis Johnson have received a National Science Foundation grant to examine the impact of race, gender and social control in U.S. schools on educational and occupational attainment in STEM careers.

We are grateful to the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability for highlighting our Environment and Social Development initiative with a powerful poster.

Students, faculty and staff  crowded into Brown Hall to hear Professor Sheying Chen deliver the lecture “Building Social Work in China.”

​HomeGrown STL Director Sean Joe and St. Louis American Managing Editor Chris King have teamed up to produce a yearlong series called “Homegrown Black Males” to change the narrative for local black teens and men.

​​We are happy to share the news that Shenyang Guo has received the Brown School’s 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award.

​Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke at the August 24 launch of the book “Critical Issues in Asset Building in Singapore’s Development.”

​Li Zou, our international director, participated in two high-profile events this summer in Beijing, including one with a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

​Representatives from St. Louis universities and community organizations gathered for the first Campus and Community Voter Engagement Summit, on August 9 at the Brown School. 

​Jeyran Rahmatullayeva presented “Family and Child Policies of Azerbaijan: From the Soviet Period to Today.”

​Guests from 18 states and the District of Columbia gathered at the 2018 Child Development Account Forum, hosted by CSD and Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt.

​Volunteers tie communities together because they are active in every major shock and stress communities experience, finds the new 2018 State of the World's Volunteerism Report.

​​With bipartisan support, Pennsylvania is launching a statewide program to provide college savings accounts for all newborns with a $100 scholarship grant. 

​A national Child Development Account policy is emerging in Taiwan, thanks in large part to Brown School alumna Li-Chen Cheng.

​Please join us for the event Black Wealth, Black Health: The Power of the Black Vote, from 2-4 p.m. June 30 at Schlafly Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave.

​Our new offering “A Toolkit for Expanding Financial Capability at Tax Time” is now available and free to download. Check it out!

​The first textbook to focus on financially vulnerable households is now available from Oxford University Press.

​​The White House hosted a high-profile summit meeting on federal prison reform. It “was a message to the world that the United States is ready to change how it does incarceration.".

​The Brown School is providing national leadership on the Grand Challenges for Social Work. We feature four webinars: an overview of the Grand Challenges, and discussions of three specific challenges.

​​About 50 researchers, practitioners, policymakers and funders gathered for an invitation-only meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to advance the field of Child Development Account programs.

​To celebrate Financial Capability Month, the Center for Social Development and the Center for Household Financial Stability convened a forum, “Coin a Better Future: Reaching Out to Financially Vulnerable Families.”

​A new 115-page community-driven report on segregation and housing in St. Louis was released this week by local partners in the fields of public health, law, fair housing and community development.

The annual cost of childhood poverty in the United States is more than $1 trillion, according to a new study by Michael McLaughlin and Mark R. Rank.

Brown School of Social Work alumna Charita L. Castro-Gonzalves, MSW '99, will return to St. Louis as the featured speaker for the Brown School Recognition and Hooding Ceremony on Thursday, May 17.
“In addition to being an internationally renowned scholar of social and economic development, Professor Grinstein-Weiss is an influential and truly significant leader in health behavior change,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.

​Growing up in war and chaos, Aytakin Huseynli knew she wanted to help others, but the profession of “social work” didn’t exist in Azerbaijan. Later, she would go to great lengths to change that.

​The Center for Social Development’s new Voter Access and Engagement initiative aims to strengthen democracy by increasing access and participation in the electoral process.

​A new CSD brief advances Child Development Account policy by identifying 10 elements for universal and progressive CDAs at scale.

​CSD Director Michael Sherraden will talk about efforts to promote federal legislation for universal Child Development Accounts, a key recommendation of the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

​More than 120 people working to improve the lives of black boys and young men in St. Louis City and County participated in the second annual HomeGrown STL Summit.

A new paper by Molly Metzger and Nay’Chelle Harris analyzes “Team TIF St. Louis,” a resident-driven collaboration focused on government transparency and racial equity.

Fred Melch Ssewamala, PhD, a renowned social and economic development scholar, was installed as the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor. 

​Benjamin J. Lough has received the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement for profound international accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

“Financial Capability and Asset Building with Diverse Populations: Improving Financial Well-being in Families and Communities” is aimed at policymakers, researchers and practitioners who assist financially vulnerable people. 

​As economists float the idea to give every newborn in the U.S. a “baby bond” account with between $500 to $50,000 in cash, Michael Sherraden says a solution already exists — Child Development Accounts.

​Michael Sherraden received the 2018 Social Policy Researcher Award in recognition of his "distinguished achievement across an extended career of research in social policy.”

​The book “Asset-Building Policies and Innovation in Asia” – a valuable resource for students and scholars of Asian social policy – is now available in paperback.