Intensifying Racial Segregation
"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, If there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.
"History shows that it does not matter who is in power those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning."
Policy analysts, program developers, and managers in the public and nonprofit sectors, face special problems as they seek to improve the well-being of particular groups in society. This concentration provides students with an understanding of the policy, management and programmatic issues and the difficult choices facing professionals working to improve the economic well-being and social functioning of diverse groups while seeking to further social integration in U.S. society.
Housing and Community Development
The concentration in housing and community development focuses on innovative approaches for improving the quality of life within low-income urban communities, including affordable housing and workforce development. It situates housing policy and community development within the context of racial discrimination, global, national and regional economic trends, the devolution of government responsibilities to the state and local levels, the growing role of community development corporations and other nonprofit organizations, and the implementation of welfare reform. In addition to lectures and class discussions, courses also include visits to leading community-based organizations. The concentration engages students in current policy debates, introduces them to cutting-edge initiatives, and provides training in the technical and analytic skills necessary for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.
Urban Economic Development Policy
This concentration consists of courses on the theory and practice of contemporary local development policy. Our expertise is particularly strong in the analysis of urban labor markets—the sources of underemployment, the so-called spatial mis-match between where workers live and where the jobs are located within metropolitan regions, how job seekers and employers find one another, and which public and private institutions work best to facilitate that matching. This labor market focus extends to the study of racial and gender discrimination in housing, schools, and jobs, as well as to the changing structure and effects of immigration. Finally, this concentration is concerned with the role of public infrastructure and strategies to promote private and public investments in local business enterprise that can create jobs and add to the wealth of...