CURE Seminar Series: Social Enterprise: Examining the Quest to Humanize Business

Flyer for the May 5th CURE SeminarSocial enterprises are businesses that utilize their revenue to combat social problems. Since the millennium, social enterprises have significantly grown throughout the United States. This talk will focus on Doctoral Candidate Rasheda L. Weaver’s empirical research study of 115 social enterprises throughout the nation. The discussion will describe the social issues social enterprises target, how they generate revenue, the laws they incorporate under, and the contexts in which they develop.

Photo of Rasheda WeaverRasheda L. Weaver is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Public Affairs program at Rutgers University-Camden that will graduate in May 2017. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, community development, and applied psychology.

This event is FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch will be provided.

Cure Seminar Series: Joshua D. Phillips Listening to the Voices of the Homeless in Public Policy Debates

Joshua Phillips CURE flyer imageA half-century after the “War on Poverty” of Lyndon Johnson, poverty rates remain unchanged. Scholars have advanced polarized theories about the causes of poverty, as politicians have debated how (or if) to fund welfare programs. Yet little research has been conducted where the poor are provided a platform to speak on their own behalf. While it is important to understand how economic systems affect the homeless, it is equally important to learn about the day-to-day realities faced by those who rely on public policies for survival. Over the course of 10 years, Dr. Phillips has worked with numerous homeless communities, including communities in Camden, NJ, central Michigan, and southern Illinois. Drawing on the author’s experience working in homeless communities, this research presents some of the stories of loss, abuse, addiction, and marginalization through interviews, observations, and ethnographic research.

Joshua D. Phillips, Ph.D., is an instructor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine. His scholarly interests are in rhetoric, narrative, and intercultural communication with specific focus on issues of homelessness, poverty, welfare, race, and sexual violence. His new book, Homeless: Narratives from the Streets, recounts stories of homelessness in an effort to improve public policy.

In 2010, he published his first book 1,800 Miles: Striving to End Sexual Violence, One Step at a Time. His recent publications include “Trial by Social Media: How Misleading Media and Ideological Protests led to Disastrous Results in the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman,” “LeBron James as Cybercolonized Spectacle: A Critical Race Reading of Whiteness in Sport,”“Dancing as Voice: The Rize of Krumping and Clowning as Black Vernacular Rhetoric,” “Black Women and Gender Violence: Lil’ Wayne’s ‘How to Love’ as Progressive Hip Hop,” and “Crystal Mangum as Hypervisble Object and Invisible Subject: Black Feminist Thought, Sexual Violence, and the Pedagogical Repercussions of The Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.”

Visitor Parking
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Date & Time
April 14, 2017
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

Location
Armitage Hall
Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor
311 N. Fifth St.
Camden, NJ

BOA, CURE, and Cleveland State hosting National Summit for Inclusive Communities at Rutgers-Camden July 20/21

              

Building One America
                                                                                        
Building One America, The Center for Urban Research at Rutgers University-Camden, and Cleveland State University host 5th National Summit for Inclusive Communities and Sustainable Regions

Thursday, July 20 at 3PM through Friday, July 21 at 4PM, 2017

Rutgers Campus Center
326 Penn St.
Camden, NJ 08102

BOA has held a National Summit every two years in Washington, DC with participation from members of Congress, White House officials, national policy experts, and hundreds of local leaders from elected office, civil rights, labor and the faith community.

This year, BOA is partnering with the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) and Cleveland State University that focuses on policies to promote and support sustainable racial and economic inclusion in housing, schools, and jobs as well as the politics and practice of building middle class, multi-racial coalitions to advance and defend those policies.

This Summit will be deliberately focused not only on the policies but the power needed to break through on the critical issues of social inclusion and middle class expansion.

The presidential elections are behind us after a chaotic political year in which rising income inequality and issues of race have been front, center, and just below the surface. BOA, CURE, and Cleveland State will leverage these powerful political and economic themes and engage some of the most important people’s institutions in our country including labor, faith, civil rights, and local government from key regions around the country to continue building a broad-based, multi-racial people’s movement aimed at building power, advancing a new and unifying civil rights narrative and taking action around critical issue to combat economic inequality, racial segregation and promote inclusive communities and middle-class prosperity.