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Violence against women crossing the border
Every year, hundreds of thousands attempt to cross the southwestern border into the United States. These migrants face a journey fraught with violence and danger, especially for women. While statistics fail to capture the extent of this violence, academics have given voice to these experiences through research, describing aspects of the perils women face on the migrant trail.

Ban the Box laws: When employers can’t ask about criminal history
“Ban the Box” is a national campaign led by civil rights groups to prevent employers from asking about criminal histories on job applications. In recent years, numerous cities, counties and states have adopted or considered policies that prohibit employers from requiring applicants to check a box to indicate whether they have been arrested or convicted of a crime. We’ve gathered the most recent research on this trend, including potential impacts in areas such as crime and employee discrimination.

5 takeaways from First Draft’s identifying misinformation course
How do you know if a video you found online is authentic? Is there a tool to help verify where a photo was taken? A new online course from First Draft — our partner at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center — shows journalists how to use free tools to track down, source and verify information found online. The one-hour course, which is free, is divided into multiple lessons. Journalism faculty can integrate parts of the course into their own lesson plans.

Dual enrollment students more likely to earn college degrees
The number of high school students taking college courses has risen sharply in recent decades as education leaders nationwide promote dual enrollment as a way to help more Americans earn college degrees. A recent study suggests community college students in Tennessee were 2.5 times more likely to complete an associate degree within two years if they had participated in dual enrollment during high school.


Poverty, Eviction, Homelessness and Spiraling Inequality = An Income-Inequality Achievement Gap

Food pantries.
Rent subsidies.


Last Thursday evening, about 2,000 greater Clevelanders drove downtown to attend a free program at the State Theater, the largest of the old movie palaces now restored to become a theater district. The program was supposed to be at the much smaller Ohio Theater, but ticket distribution exceeded all expectations—for a book discussion. As the culmination of a region-wide One Community Reads project—a collaboration of all of the public libraries in Cuyahoga County and the City Club of Cleveland—author and Princeton University sociologist Matthew Desmond had come to Cleveland to present the book everybody had been reading, his 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.  As I watched the crowd look for seats in the huge old theater, I was amazed that so many people had come to hear an ethnographer talk about poverty, homelessness, and eviction.

Desmond launched his presentation by…

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