College affordability & student debt research
The opportunity to support research on student debt and affordability issues, focused on understanding current free college/college affordability proposals, the values they promote, and tradeoffs of each proposal. Students will work remotely alongside Roosevelt Fellow Julie Margetta Morgan.
The opportunity to support research in financialization of higher education issues, focused on investigating current trends and understanding the state of financialization in institutions across the country. Students will work remotely with Professor Charlie Eaton, one of the leading researchers in this field of study, and his research assistants.
Boston Teachers Union
Support coalition work with the Boston Teachers Union, working with community organizers, parents, labor representatives, students, and teachers on their current initiatives related to universities.
American Association of University Professors – Cincinnati
Work with the American Association of University Professors at the University of Cincinnati to support coalition work focused on the university’s financial management practices, administrative bloat, and overspending on construction and athletics over the last years.
New York City
The MTA system’s problems are manifest. The price of access to the subway (a basic necessity for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers) is spiraling, especially for those least able to afford it; delays are rampant; trains are overcrowded; fare evasion arrests are constantly on the rise; and the MTA itself is bankrupt. That’s why Roosevelt is joining with New York partners including the Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN) and the Riders Alliance to support their ongoing advocacy for equitable access to the New York City transit system, especially for low-income communities. Currently, one in four New Yorkers cannot afford subway or bus fares. The Fair Fares campaign led by Riders Alliance is advocating for the city to build a program that would allow low-income New Yorkers to purchase MetroCards at reduced rates.
While there are multiple avenues for advocacy—including meeting with elected officials, writing op-eds, hosting events on campus, and more—our partners are specifically looking for research support through Roosevelt’s Policy Challenges. The Fair Fares campaign is seeking research and policy analysis on the ways in which Fair Fares, or a system in which low-income residents are offered subway/bus access at lower, more equitable rates, has been structured in other cities. How have cities like Seattle, London, and San Francisco structured their own versions of a Fair Fares program? What could be the economic impacts of such a program in NYC? Could the program be housed within city’s Department of Human Services? All of the above are questions that the coalition is interested in answering with research support from local NY Roosevelters.
In Boston, Roosevelt is working with partners at Community Labor United, Partnership for Working Families, and LittleSis. Community Labor United is embarking on a bold campaign that involves pushing back on statewide privatization and ensuring the protection of our most important public resources, including education, transit, and infrastructure. One part of the campaign will be identifying and holding accountable the corporations and other Massachusetts power brokers that back and benefit from Governor Baker’s agenda to privatize our most important public goods. Understanding who these actors are, how they plan to get what they want, and how we can intervene to stop them and win more justice for our communities is key. Community Labor United, Partnership for Working Families, and LittleSis are working together to train a team of social justice researchers who will help us identify and understand Massachusetts’ key corporate privatizers and power brokers. In addition to supporting the coalition’s work on power-mapping, Roosevelters interested in participating in the Policy Challenge have the opportunity to work on examining and identifying new ways in which the statewide Pacheco Law can protect the public goods that residents depend on.
City leaders in Washington, DC are planning to build a new jail to replace two outdated and decrepit facilities. ReThink Justice DC, a coalition of criminal justice reform organizations, is intent on holding city leaders accountable and believes this is an opportunity to both pass meaningful criminal justice reform to limit the new jail’s inmates and build a facility meant for rehabilitation rather than punishment. Research is needed on cutting-edge facilities in and outside of the US that provide innovative programming, treatment, reentry services, recreation, education, job training, and more. This research can then be applied to the specific conditions within DC’s criminal justice system to produce a progressive model jail for the city.
Read more about the issue in the Washington Post here.
In Pittsburgh, Roosevelt is partnered with Pittsburgh United, a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. Through their Our Water campaign, they’ve been advocating for protecting the community’s access to safe and affordable water through financial duress for the Pittsburgh Water Authority.
Currently, it appears the city may be headed toward a public-private partnership (or P3)—a popular trend for American cities, especially when it comes to failing and underinvested water and sewer infrastructure. In some cases, this can look like a private water company taking over some minor aspects of the authority, while in others it can look like a city leasing its water authority to a private company for up to 99 years, essentially giving up public control over the authority. What do these consulting firms mean when they say public-private partnerships? What options fall into that category? What is the most popular form of a P3 deal in US water and sewer systems? How could a public-private partnership deal in Pittsburgh ensure public interest and continue to work toward the public good rather than the profit of private water providers? The coalition is interested in ideas and research from local Pittsburgh students interested in analyzing these questions.
Action NC: Action NC works to address the root causes of inequality and poverty so as to break down systemic barriers to equal opportunity and access. They achieve their goals through their organizing and educational campaigns across multiple issue areas including
- Education (working to invest more resources into NC public ed, reducing school suspensions, vouchers, and charters)
- Immigration (working to ensure inclusive legalization practices, end cruel immigration enforcement practices, and protect civil, labor, and human rights)
- Healthcare (working to fight for quality, affordable health care and expand the Medicaid program in NC)
- Affordable housing (working to protect homeowners by increasing fair lending accountability, protecting tenants’ rights, and advocating for quality affordable housing)