2016 News

Post-Dispatch features ‘Grand Challenges’ questions on debate day

To contribute to public discourse on how to make the United States more equitable, safe and livable for everyone, Michael Sherraden and Richard P. Barth submitted the opinion piece “12 questions for the presidential debate” to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The newspaper published the piece, based on the Grand Challenges for Social Work, on Sunday, October 9, in time for the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sherraden is the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor and founding director of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School of Social Work. Barth is president of the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare and dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland. Both are members of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee.

The questions stemmed from work at the Grand Challenges policy conference, September 15-16 at the Brown School, which drew more than 250 experts, advocates, and leading academics from all over the United States. The conference was held to outline a comprehensive range of solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the nation and the next administration.