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​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.