Mission of the Institute
Universities conduct a great deal of research that seeks to both advance our knowledge and to enable us to make a positive difference in our world. Too often, however, this knowledge remains in the academy and does not find its way into the hands of those who could use it to improve public policies and programs and the lives of people they affect.
The mission of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise is to improve the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research. Learn more about use-inspired research.
Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars
Presented Our Seventh Annual Seminar
Chemical Reactions: Marijuana, Opioids, and Our Families
Wednesday, March 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 428 of the State House
- Staci Gruber, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
"Taking a hit: Assessing the impact of early onset marijuana uses on the brain"
- John Kelly, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
"The public health and safety impact of marijuana legalization"
- Kathleen Palm Reed, Ph.D., Clark University
"The highs and lows of relapse and recovery in opiod use disorder"
- Hilary Smith Connery, Ph.D, Mclean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
"Addiction, overdose, suicide: facts you need to know about treating opiod use disorder
Watch Marijuana speakers session 1
Watch Opiod speakers session 2
The Sixth Annual Lee Gurel '48 and the The First Gurel Sumposium on Education
Next Gen Learining: Opportunities for Urban Education in the New Federal Law
Clark University welcomed United States Senator Elizabeth Warren for the sixth annual Lee Gurel '48 Lecture in Education. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senator Warren played an influential role in the passage of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act. Senator Warren will outline her views on this new legislation and the futrue of education in America.
Senator Warren's Address was followed by a panel of leading education experts. Panelists shared their views on how the new federal law positions urban communities to provide the deeper learning experiences that their students need to gain a full complement 21st century skills, in the classroom and beyond.
- Nick Donohue, President and CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
- Dr. Ronald Ferguson, Kennedy School of Government and Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University
- Dr. Dianne Kelly, Superintendent, Rever Public Schools
- Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education
- Dr. Katerine Bielaczyc, Director of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education and Associate Professor of Education, Clark University
DYING FOR FASHION: A first-hand report on the hidden cost of our clothes
Monday, January 25, 2016
Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge
In the 2013 building collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, at least 1,138 garment
workers died and more than 1,500 were painfully injured. This disaster followed
a long chainof fires in Bangladesh and elsewhere that have taken the lives of thousands
of garment workers. Bob Ross traveled to Bangladesh to observe
the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, to investigate its aftermath
and to stand insolidarity with its victims. His talk will analyze the race to the
bottom in the global apparel business-a process that holds life cheap and profits
Student Information Session
The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute
in partnership with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will again
be offering paid $4500 internships for Summer 2016. A student information session
will be help on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (3-4:30
p.m.) in the University Center, Grace Conference Room. The NOAA Internships
will place Clark students in exciting, hands-on projects at locations around the
United States. Students from a wide range of majors will have the chance to learn
from working scientists and policy experts at one of America's leading public scientific
institutions. The interns will also be mentored by Clark faculty to maximize the
connections between their internship experiences and their academic programs.
For More Information Click Here
WDPH Summer Internship
The Mosakowski Institute
is working with the Worcester Division of Public Health (DPH) in an effort that
merges classroom skills and real world experience to improve the health of the
Greater Worcester community. During the summer of 2015, thirteen Clark students
interned with the DPH working on five projects that advanced goals of the Community
Health Improvement Plans in the areas of healthy eating and activing living; substance
abuse and mental health; health equity and health disparities; violence prevention,
and more. More information about the summer 2015 internship projects can be found
in the report.
WDPH Summer Internship Report
Connecting Knowledge and Practice
Enhancing Student Learning through Practice-based Experiences. In the course of its work with many important partner institutions, the Mosakowski Institute frequently provides opportunities for Clark students to make a difference in the world while adding to their skills, experience, and confidence. In September, four current and former students presented a panel at Clark’s Family Weekend about the exciting and wide-ranging work they have undertaken, from the Massachusetts State House to the streets of Worcester to the Big Island of Hawaii.
New Report on Refugees in Worcester
Worcester, Massachusetts serves as the entry point to America for more refugees than any other municipality in Massachusetts, with more than 2,000 refugees settling there between 2007 and 2012. However, there has been a lack of information about how the livelihoods and experiences of refugees differ from those of the foreign-born population. This report uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration to present a snapshot of the social, educational, and economic status of refugees in Worcester and identifies several areas for future data and research needs relating to refugee resettlement both in Worcester and elsewhere. Findings include a higher rate of employment among the foreign-born community than the native counterpart, and rates of English competency below the state average for immigrants in Worcester.
Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars
Presented Our Sixth Annual Seminar
Mission Critical: Reforming Foster Care and Child Protective Services in Massachusetts
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Boston State House
A Critical Corporate Profile of Li & Fung
“Where’d you get that dress?” is a question that must be asked
hundreds of times a day. Often the answer is not a simple one, and may be deeply
disturbing. Li & Fung is a Hong Kong based firm that is the largest sourcing
agent in the global apparel business. Li & Fung’s strategy of sourcing
encourages the cutthroat competition among factories that is a major cause of the
inhumane conditions millions of apparel workers’ struggle under. Clark Research
Professor Robert Ross and his colleagues have studied Li & Fung extensively
and have written an important new report on the firm, its practices, and its impacts.
New Report on Redistricting
Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Boatright and Mosakowski Institute Director
Jim Gomes have just released
Every Picture Tells a Story: The 2010 Round of Congressional Redistricting in New England,
a collection of five papers on the region's recent experience with the decennial
rite of redrawing the boundaries of U.S. House of Representatives districts. (Why
only five papers, since there are six New England states? Because Vermont's population
is small enough that it has only one Representative in Congress and thus does not
need to re-draw district lines.) Two of the papers (on Massachusetts and Rhode
Island) are co-authored by Clark faculty and students. This project grew out of
the 2012 New England Political Science Association panel on "Redistricting in New
England" that Boatright and Gomes co-chaired and their nationally recognized 2011
tea.m.-taught "Geography of Politics" course.
The Working Cities Challenge
The Mosakowski Institute is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on its initiative to advance collaborative leadership in Massachusetts smaller cities and to support a.m.bitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in those cities.
The Institute recently prepared "data dashboards" for twenty Massachusetts cities,
compiling information about such subjects as demographics, income, employment,
educational attainment, and health.
Read Data Dashboards
Data Dashboard Methodology and Sources
The second year class of our Marsh-Mosakowski Fellows is completing their summer placements at NOAA facilities around the country. Undergraduates selected for this progra.m. receive a summer stipend for their work under the supervision of marine science and policy experts at NOAA facilities from Puget Sound to the coast of Maine. Learn more
Improving Math and Science Education
STEM Education—science, technology, engineering, and math—seems to be on everyone's mind these days. Clark Education Department Chair Sarah Michaels is leading a Mosakowski-supported project to improve the training and professional develop.m.ent of those who teach these subjects at the K-12 levels. Sarah's work has also received support from a National Science Foundation RAPID grant. Learn More