Driving A People-Powered Agenda in St. Louis

Dr. Kia Lilly Caldwell, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity and Professor of African & African American Studies, moderated a panel discussion with leaders in Missouri and beyond who are working to transform our democracy and economy.

Graduate Policy Scholars Student Showcase

At this online showcase, the 2023-2024 Graduate Policy Scholars presented their policy perspectives to a diverse audience, connecting the gap between policy analysis and practice.

Brown School Dean and Judge Darrell Missey visit Urban Sprouts early childhood center

Demonstrating its commitment to connecting community and academia, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute hosted Children’s Division Director Judge Darrell Missey and Brown School Dean Dorian Traube for a tour of Urban Sprouts Early Childhood Center. Ellicia Lanier, Clark-Fox Policy Institute Scholar-in-Residence and Urban Sprouts founding Executive Director, led the tour.

Black History Month Closes with Renowned Author

Author Vivian Gibson discussed her moving memoir, The Last Children of Mill Creek, which was selected by the Library of Congress to represent Missouri’s literary heritage at its National Book Festival.

INsights Returns to Discuss Nonprofit Advocacy

The panel discussion co-hosted by the Clark-Fox Policy Institute with the Center for Human Service Leadership and Delmar DivINe focused on on advocacy strategies for charitable organizations to push for systemic changes that align with their missions.

Child well-being experts from research, practice, and policy come together at Bright Futures Ahead panel

The room was buzzing with ideas and inspiration last Tuesday night when the Clark-Fox Policy Institute hosted Bright Futures Ahead: Essential Techniques and Policies for Supporting and Uplifting Today’s Youth. The event brought together child well-being experts from research, policy, and practice to discuss how we can work together to improve child well-being in St. […]

St. Louis policy leader Mallory Rusch shares her biggest lessons learned with Graduate Policy Scholars

Mallory Rusch, Executive Director of Empower Missouri, joined Gary Parker, Director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, and students from the Graduate Policy Scholars program on Friday, November 17th for an intimate conversation over pizza. Mallory shared stories of her biggest policy wins and losses and how she works to advance progressive legislation in a conservative […]

2023 Racial Equity Summit Sparks Ideas and Builds Momentum for Change

The 2023 St. Louis Racial Equity Summit brought together more than 750 advocates, activists, and allies committed to addressing systemic inequities from education to housing to healthcare and beyond. For three days, attendees explored the theme of “Together We Rise: The Power of Community,” featuring thought-provoking presentations and conversations focused on the signature priorities of […]

Patchwork Apartheid: Private Restriction, Racial Segregation, and Urban Inequality

Professor Colin Gordon writes on the history of American public policy and political economy. His book “Patchwork Apartheid: Private Restriction, Racial Segregation, and Urban Inequality,” on the use of racial convenants in the Midwest, including St. Louis and St. Louis County, is scheduled to come out next month.

INsights Discusses Advancing People of Color at Nonprofits

Last month, the Berges Family Foundation Conference Center at Delmar DivINe hosted the latest iteration of INsights. Co-sponsored by the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, Center for Human Service Leadership (CHSL), and Delmar DivINe, the session was titled “From Ally to Co-Conspirator: Advancing People of Color in Nonprofit Leadership.” Leslie Gill, president of Rung For Women, and the agency’s […]

2023 MACRO United Conference A Huge Success

For many, it was a reunion, for others an opportunity to forge new connections. The Brown School at Washington University recently played host to the 2023 MACRO United Conference and Teaching Institute, a four-day event that brought together over 90 social work faculty, students, and practitioners from across the United States.  Co-sponsored by the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, […]

Clark-Fox Policy Institute 5-Year Celebration Recap

Photo of Gary Parker. Text reads Celebrating 5 years of Amplifying Impact Oct 13 2022

Amplifying impact by connecting evidence to policy On Thursday, October 13th, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute celebrated its fifth anniversary with an event in Hillman Hall.  Rev. Bethany Johnson-Javois, President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, who served as the emcee for the launch of the institute, stepped back into the role five years later. Mayor […]

Social Work Responds to the Election

Thursday November 17, 202212:30pm-2:00pm CST; 1:30pm-3:00pm A panel of political social workers will discuss outcomes from the 2022 midterm elections and their implications for social workers, our constituents, and the nation. We will look at voting patterns by various segments of the population (e.g. gender, ethnicity, age, education, etc.). We will also discuss what we […]

Save the Date for Our 5th Anniversary

Photo of Gary Parker. Text reads Celebrating 5 years of Amplifying Impact Oct 13 2022

Clark-Fox Policy Institute: Five Years of Amplifying Impact Thursday, October 13, 20225pm – Reception with light refreshments6pm – ProgramBrown School at Washington University The Clark-Fox Policy Institute invites you to attend its five-year anniversary celebration, Amplifying Impact: Continuing the momentum of the first five years. Featuring: Bethany Johnson-Javois President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation Tishaura […]

Save the Date for Our 5th Anniversary

Clark-Fox Policy Institute: Five Years of Amplifying Impact Thursday, October 13th5pm – Reception with light refreshments6pm – ProgramBrown School at Washington University The Clark-Fox Policy Institute invites you to attend its five-year anniversary celebration, Amplifying Impact: Continuing the momentum of the first five years. Featuring: Bethany Johnson-Javois President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation Tishaura O. […]

State of the Agency: United 4 Children turns 10 years old this year

Foundation to Thrive Webinar Series Thursday, November 17, 2022 11 a.m. — 12 noon Zoom — register to get the link to join! State of the Agency — United 4 Children turns 10 years old this year! Learn more from United 4 Children Executive Director Deanna Finch about how the agency is building a foundation […]

Are You a Business Leader?

Here’s Why You Should Care About Early Childhood Education The Clark-Fox Policy Institute and United 4 Children, hosted its second webinar in the Foundation to Thrive Webinar Series, Are You a Business Leader? Here’s Why You Should Care about Early Childhood Education. Access to quality early childhood education is critical to the lifelong well-being of […]

Advocacy & Allyship: Supporting Transgender Youth

trans youth with freckles and wearing a denim jacket. "Supporting Transgender Youth" cfpi news

The Clark-Fox Policy Institute, in cooperation with the Brown School’s Open Classroom, celebrated and recognized Transgender Day of Visibility with Advocacy & Allyship: Supporting Transgender Youth, a webinar conference attended by more than 300 online participants. Tonya Edmond, interim co-dean at the Brown School, opened the session with remarks of gratitude and acknowledged all transgender panelist […]

Are You a Business Leader? Here’s Why You Should Care About Early Childhood Education

Webinar Series Thursday, April 28 11:00 am to 12:00pm CT Register Free by April 27 [Recording available here] United 4 Children and the Clark-Fox Policy Institute invite you to learn more about the early childhood education landscape.    Robin Phillips, with Child Care Aware of Missouri, and Laura Wieseman, with Nestle Purina, will discuss the barriers families […]

Beyond a seat at the table

Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSWMike Spencer, PHDDana Toppel, LCSWDaniel Jacobson López, PhD, MSW, LCSWClaude A. Robinson Jr. [Recording available here] Intentionally and authentically leaning into the practice of inclusion empowers, amplifies, and honors the voices around the table to foster the power of collaboration and innovation for maximum impact. Join this panel of experts as they […]

Advocacy & Allyship: Supporting Transgender Youth

Lisa Brennan (she/her) Co-leader, TransParent St. LouisAuthor of “The Auditorium in My Mind/Treasuring My Transgender Child”   Jess Jones, MA (they/them)Owner, Jess Jones Education & Consulting   Sayer Johnson (he/him) Executive Director, Metro Trans Umbrella Group   Christopher Lewis, MD (he/him)Co-Director of Pediatric Transgender HealthDirector of Differences of Sex Development Clinic, Washington University School of […]

Voting is Social Work: Researchers Speak Out

Voting is social work. Sept 13, 2022. Macro Social Work

Tuesday, September 13, 202212:30pm — 2:00pm CST1:30pm — 3:00pm EST Because social workers sit at the intersection of the individual and society, we are well positioned to register people to vote and encourage civic participation. This panel of social work researchers discusses innovative ways to increase the voter engagement — needed today more than ever […]

Power of 3, A Voting Is Social Work Campaign

Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm (ET) This webinar can be viewed on our Open Classroom page on YouTube. Macro United presents the Power of 3 Campaign, A Voting is Social Work Webinar Event. Save the date for Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 12:00-1:30 (CST), 1:00-2:30pm (ET). Presented by:Mimi Abromovitz, PhDBertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Work, Silberman School […]

Structural Change in Action

Structural Change In Action, July 19, 2022. Power of Macro Social Work

A Webinar Series Produced By Leading Macro Social Work Organizations Watch the Structural Change in Action webinar here. Tuesday, July 19, 202212:30pm — 1:30pm CST 1:30pm —  2:30pm EST Featuring the recipient of the Inaugural 2022 Jack Rothman Award for Structural ChangeBobbie SackmanFair Pay for Home Care: Campaign of the New York Caring Majority (NYCM) Bobbie […]

COVID-19 and Race: The High Price of Economic Injustice

[Recording available here] Research suggests that Black and Hispanic individuals are among the groups likely to experience large increases in poverty rates as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In St. Louis, the Black median household income has remained at nearly half of the White household income since 2005. Combined with healthcare costs, furloughs and […]

Pulse on Policy: Quality Early Childhood Care and Education

[Recording available here] The coronavirus pandemic has put further strain on a national child care system in crisis, but local efforts to transform early childhood care and education (ECE) could help catalyze recovery for the St. Louis region. At the forefront of the movement to sustain high-quality and equitable ECE is Katie Rahn, executive director […]

COVID-19 and Race: The Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color

[Recording available here] The coronavirus pandemic has exposed glaring health and economic disparities among communities of color, and has been particularly dangerous for African Americans. According to CDC data, one third of people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 are African American, yet African Americans only account for 13% of the U.S. population. At the […]

Poverty and Race: The Other St. Louis, with Wes Moore

Join us for a discussion with renowned author Wes Moore, as we explore the interconnectedness of poverty and race, and a collaborative approach to advancing equity and economic prosperity in the region. Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a […]

#GOV101: Playing a Vital Role with the 2019 Missouri State Legislature

Join us for the third season of this popular seminar that demystifies the state legislative process, encourages effective advocacy and promotes citizen participation with state government. Hosted by Hon. Stacey Newman, recently retired state representative, participants will learn how state government works, will hear from various leaders who are involved with legislative advocacy and will […]