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The non-profit voice that needs to be heard | Zach Wood | #Connection2015

Zachary D. Wood is an advocate for social change and marginalized populations – a public advocacy crusader, if you will. He has a passion for analyzing social issues and finding new solutions, which has contributed to his constant quest for a deeper knowledge about the complexities of our most challenging social crises. Zach is the founder of Groundwork Partners, a firm that develops non-profit capacity and visionary policy solutions. He is also a PhD candidate and lecturer in Public Affairs at Rutgers University, where his research explores the role of non-profits as advocates for social/policy change.

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CURE receives 2016-2017 Conference and Symposium Funding Grant!!

We are thrilled to announce that we received funding for our proposed conference “Urban Policy at the Crossroads: What Have We Learned? Where Are We Going?” to be held in Spring 2017! Our prospectus was selected among several competitive proposals for a Conference and Symposium Funding Grant by a committee comprised of the Dean and Associate Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Camden. 

Healing in Action Film Screening and Discussion on May 9th


Please register for this event through the Healing10 website:

Next CURE seminar: May 6, Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment

May-2016-CURE-Seminar-Series-Poster-Circle-Picture-Final-RevisionPlease join us for our next seminar:
“Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment”

michael-fortnerMichael Javen Fortner, PhD
Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Urban Studies
Murphy Institute for Worker Education an Labor Studies,
City University of New York

Friday, May 6, 2016 
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor, Armitage Hall
Lunch will be served
Free and open to the public

Professor Michael Fortner will be discussing his book, Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, with Professor Jane Siegel.

Review of Professor Michael Fortner ‘s book by the New York Times available at


CURE seminars are free and open to the public.  No registration is required. 

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409 North Fourth Street


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First Annual Faculty Research Fellow Lecture

Join the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for the 

First Annual Faculty Research Fellow Lecture:
“The Architecture of Segregation: Public Policy and the Origin of Spatial Inequality”.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
12 PM
Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Featuring Dr. Paul Jargowsky
Professor of Public Policy
Director of the Center for
Urban Research and Urban Education (CURE)

Registration required. Click here to register. 

The Architecture of Segregation:  
Public Policy and the Origin of Spatial Inequality

Paul A. Jargowsky


Since 2000, the number of people living in high-poverty ghettos, barrios, and slums has doubled – rising from 7.2 million to over 14 million.  As a result, more poor adults live in neighborhoods with little access to social capital and information networks that could lead to jobs.  More poor children grow up in neighborhoods that lack employed role models and attend schools that, on average, function at far lower levels than those of the middle class.  More of the poor are exposed to neighborhood conditions that harm physical and mental health. Spatial inequality – the pattern of racial and economic disparities at the neighborhood level – is not an accident or an inevitable outcome of market processes.  Rather, to a large degree it is driven by public policies that govern the growth and development of the cities and suburbs that make up metropolitan areas.  Constrained by exclusionary zoning and other land use policies, new housing construction produces local homogeneity and economic segregation at larger scales.  Given that the housing stock lasts for decades, these policies build a durable architecture of segregation that segregates the population by race and income. This lecture will address how unwise public policies have led to the concentration of poverty that we observe today.