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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.

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Current Activities

Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars

Presented Our Seventh Annual Seminar

Chemical Reactions: Marijuana, Opiods, 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"

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

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Commonwealth Magazine article

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 dear.

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NOAAStudent 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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2015 Family Impact Seminar Policy Briefs

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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.

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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.

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Boston, Massachusetts

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.

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Data Dashboard Methodology and Sources

NOAA Fellows

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

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