The Intersection of Law, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence

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What if while conducting our everyday, digitally-connected social lives — shopping on Amazon, sharing photos on Facebook, networking on LinkedIn — we inadvertently share data with potential employers? What if our race, gender, ability and genetic information are integrated into employment decision-making software or help employers determine who to hire, fire, or promote? What are […]

Community Screening: Crime + Punishment

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change, the Department of Sociology, and NYU Strategies to Reduce Inequality at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research are pleased to sponsor a free community screening of Crime + Punishment on Thursday, January 31st. A semifinalist for the 91st Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Crime + Punishment tells the story of N.Y.P. D. whistleblowers […]

Compassion and prejudice between U.S. minority groups

On a procrastination break from writing the second year milestone paper required for my doctoral program, I came across a BuzzFeed quiz that asked, “Can You Guess if Black People are More Homophobic than White People?” The article detailed claims of increased homophobia among Black communities. I scratched my head, thinking of an argument I’d […]

Seed Award Spotlight: Dr. Sebastian Cherng

Through support from the IHDSC Seed Award program, Drs. Sumie Okazaki, Stella Flores, and Sebastian Cherng examine college access and persistence among urban Asian American students. Working closely with a community partner, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the team has conducted interviews with New York City-based high school and college students to better understand the […]

Q&A: Dr. Joe Cimpian on Gender Achievement Gaps and Biases

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The Brookings Institution recently published Dr. Joe Cimpian’s “How our education system undermines gender equity.” In his research-based piece, Dr. Cimpian discusses how as early as kindergarten, U.S. education systems undervalue women’s intelligence and generate discriminatory barriers that can follow women into graduate school their professional careers. Alex Clothier asked Dr. Cimpian about his research, […]

Leveling the School Choice Playing Field in NYC

School choice policies aim to reduce inequality in educational outcomes by allowing families to access schools outside their own neighborhood. For this aim to be realized, however, families need information and resources to identify, apply, and gain admission to high-performing schools. Prior research has found that disadvantaged families are more likely to lack these resources […]

Q&A: Legal Perspectives on Juvenile Justice and Abolition

I have a tool box that not everybody has and so I can lament and complain about how this tool box is messed up in its privilege, or I can say let me open this up and let's figure out how I can wrench this thing to work for the people that I care about.

Ashley Sawyer, Esq is a staff attorney at Youth Represent, an organization whose aim is to provide holistic legal representation to young people ages 16-24 who have had contact with the criminal legal system. Ms. Sawyer collaborates with Dr. Shabnam Javdani and the NYU RISE team through their work on the Task Force with the […]

Watch: “Bridging the Gap: Neuroscience, Inequality & Social Policy.”

As part of Brain Awareness Week, the Scientist Action and Advocacy Network (ScAAN) organized “Bridging the Gap: Neuroscience, Inequality & Social Policy.” The discussion on March 12, 2018 brought together neuroscience and psychology researchers, philosophers, and practitioners to discuss questions at the intersection of science and social policy. Faculty panelists included: Dr. Clancy Blair, Professor of Cognitive […]