DeSantis undermining individual freedom, conservative principles | Opinion

This article originally appeared in Tallahassee Democrat. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed policymakers in a tricky position, Gov. DeSantis included. He and others are forced to find a balance between protecting public health and safeguarding individual freedom.  One of Gov. DeSantis’ signature initiatives is a ban on agencies and businesses that might want to impose…

In The Heights Celebrates First-Gen Americans

This article originally appeared in The Independent Institute. The unexpected and broad-based protests erupting in Cuba are a poignant reminder of the lost liberty experienced by people under authoritarian regimes. The opposite could be said for the movie In The Heights, the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical. If the dissent on Cuba’s streets show…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Jacob Cyrus

What is your degree and graduation year? I graduated in Spring 2021 with a BA in International Affairs. What have you been up to since you graduated? I’ve been awaiting entering active duty into the Air Force, where I’ll be working as a Special Agent in the Office of Special Investigations. For now, I’ve just…

Masters Thesis Spotlight: Program Evaluation of the CESC Diversion Program

Leon County is increasing its focus on homelessness as the number of residents experiencing housing insecurity rises. The Kearney Center is an organization in the Big Bend region that provides individuals with access to resources and emergency shelters. The center operates under the direction of the nonprofit Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC), which, in…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Comparison of Roma Discrimination in EU and Non-EU Countries

International organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, are making headway in improving the human rights and living conditions of minority groups across the globe. In Europe, for instance, countries in the European Union (EU) are expected to maintain certain humanitarian standards in line with the Copenhagen criteria. These criteria include humanitarian and economic requirements that define…

IOP@FSU Field-Advancing Research: Americans United in Their Support for Local Government Management of the Pandemic

The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) is a world-class, nonpartisan, and nationally renowned institute that promotes engagement in politics by students and citizens. Housed within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the IOP@FSU supports applied political research by a cadre of world-class scholars and mobilizes the talents of our alumni, students, faculty,…

Masters Thesis Spotlight: How To Ask

In 2015, nonprofit organizations in the U.S. made up 5.4% of the country’s GDP—and that number continues to rise. Private donations obtained through fundraising total billions of dollars annually. This money provides vital programs and services to those in need in communities across the country. Professional fundraisers and consultants work tirelessly to recruit quality and…

Research Spotlight: Protecting Mom-and-Pop Stores

We often come across stories of locally-cherished mom-and-pop stores competing with chain stores and online retailers and eventually going out of business. Advocates of mom-and-pop stores tout these businesses as local institutions that sustain community life while adding a unique charm to the local business districts. However, when it comes to protecting mom-and-pop stores, experts…