A Core COSSPP Value: Diversity

This brings me around to describing the two major thrusts of what I consider the college’s commitment to Diversity - People and Ideas. A college with a diverse population that holds a shared worldview is a failure. Similarly, a college with a diversity of ideas, but little demographic diversity is also a failure. Society is complex, messy, and contested; a lack of diversity of people or ideas will leave our students unprepared for the real world.

The Take A Knee Movement: A Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Whether or not you agree with the Take A Knee movement, we need to understand it in context. It reflects a desire to make America's promises available to all citizens, and a legacy of using controversial tactics to push all of us to think more deeply about uncomfortable issues. It is the modern day civil rights movement. 

Undergrad Experience: Attending the National Emergency Management Association Annual Forum

This experience was more than I could ever have hoped for. I was able to expand my professional network and learn more about the field of emergency management, as well as current issues they are facing today.

Canvassers Tend to Seek Out Supporters Who Are Like Themselves, and That’s Not Good for Political Participation

The data reveals that canvassers were significantly more likely to walk door to door in search of signatures in neighborhoods where the demographic characteristics of the residents were similar to their own. For example, the middle-class, white Wisconsin canvassers who gathered signatures to protest the Iraq War were more likely to
stay in predominantly white and middle class neighborhoods when they traveled door to door. Our analysis also revealed that canvassers appeared to follow a rational process in which canvassers quit or changed approaches when facing increased costs.

Do Mentors Help Young Adults Get a College Degree?

Despite the broad recognition that mentors are important for successfully transitioning to adulthood, it is less clear what mentor functions are most consequential for teenagers who aspire to get a college degree—advice, encouragement, role modeling, or material support. It is also unclear just how far the reach is in terms of helping young adults get a degree.

DREAMers Essential to American Success Story

This piece originally appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. When people talk about immigration, I hear the same idea over and over: “Get in line and wait your turn.” As an immigrant myself, I can tell you that line doesn’t exist for everyone. So as Congress works toward its priorities through the end of this year, I ask …

The Failure of the #MeToo Movement

Time Magazine declared the "silence breakers" of the #MeToo movement the Time Person of the Year. The magazine's editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, honored the courage of “hundreds of others, and of many men as well, [who] have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s" in a statement on the Today Show. …

Making Smart Cities through Urban Analytics

“Urban analytics is the multi-disciplinary area of research concerned with using new and emerging forms of data, alongside computational and statistical techniques, to study cities."  - Singleton, Spielman and Folch

Sports Betting Should Be Legal, But It’s Bad Tax Policy

There’s also evidence that sports betting provides a consumption benefit to people, meaning they enjoy the act of betting even if they don’t expect to win. Fining or throwing people in jail for doing something they enjoy that doesn’t directly harm anyone else seems like a poor use of scarce police resources. For these reasons, even though legalizing sports betting is bad tax policy, it’s still a good idea.

Most Lawmakers Don’t Get Rich in Office, Particularly in Florida

Florida lawmakers did not boost their incomes while in office. Serving as chamber or party leader, or holding a seat on a prestigious committee, did not change income. In fact, being appointed to the Rules Committee — a stepping stone to become a future House leader — reduced income.