This is what a Sanford summer internship looks like

Poster at 4.0 schoolsBetween the first and second years at Sanford students go off on their own to practice growing up. It’s called a summer internship. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. There’s more to it than the Admissions Blog though. Take a journey with me. Take a journey with us…

…all the way back to the summer of 2014. Most of us were in Washington D.C.

The epicenter of U.S. public policy drew in Suraj, who worked for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. It got Caitlin (not Kaitlan), who was at State (with a bunch of other Sanford students). Continue reading

Women Have a Chance to Shape Scottish Independence

Nearly a century after the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteed their right to vote, women hold less than 20% of the 535 seats in the U.S. Congress. In the private sector, only 14.6% of executive officers, 8.1% of top earners, and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.Scottish Independence Picutre Continue reading

Duke Sanford’s William Darity, Jr. Talks Race, Academics, and “Acting White” on the Radio

Prof. Darity

Sanford’s Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity, Jr. was part of a fascinating discussion on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Daily Circuit” last week.

The jumping off point is a recent reflection by President Obama in recent town hall remarks:

“Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of ‘acting white’ … where, OK, if folks are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black … that has to go.” Continue reading

Why We Need a National STEM Competition Just for Girls

When I was in the third grade, I invented a refrigerator. It was fancy for the time – it kept an inventory of everything inside, suggested recipes, and (gasp!) connected to the internet so you could order groceries from home. But two things were even cooler about this fridge. First, it came straight out of the minds of four little girls. Second, it won a national science competition.

RWAB Team
This awkward gem of a photo shows our all-girl inventor team with our “Refrigerator with a Brain.” The competition was sponsored by Toshiba (thanks, Toshiba!), and still exists today!

Fast forward twenty years and you’ll find that I am not a scientist. Not even close. I’m a writer and an advocate and a public policy student. But not once since the third grade have I donned a lab coat.

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How Norway Has us Beat on Women in Corporate Leadership

In the U.S., we’ve heard the dismal figures on women in business leadership time and again. Among Fortune 500 companies, women make up less than 5 percent of CEOs. Within boardrooms in these companies, women hold only 17 percent of seats.

And we’re not alone in this poor performance. As of 2010, women held a similar 15 percent of corporate board seats in France, 13 percent in Germany, and 12 percent in Britain.

But in Norway, the picture is very different.

Global Board Seats Held by Women, 2011 (Source: U.S. State Department)

Global Board Seats Held by Women, 2011 (Source: U.S. State Department)

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Learning from Disappointment

A recent paper by Duke graduate student Peter McElroy surveys the literature on the Annenberg Challenge, a huge philanthropic school-reform initiative of the late 1990s, and reflects on whether, why, and how it failed.

A couple of weeks ago, when the new mayor of Newark was elected on a platform of opposition to a privately-sponsored school reform, I pointed out that public education has long been a minefield for philanthropy. Like many people who make that sort of observation, I cited the Annenberg Challenge (1995-2000), a half-billion-dollar bundle of grants to overhaul schools in 15 metropolitan areas, along with special initiatives for rural schools and arts education. Matching contributions brought the total cost of the program to $1.2 billion.

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Flickr user Geoff Llerena

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