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Center for Social Solutions


The Center for Social Solutions promotes academic research and social policy that serves the common good in four program areas: Diversity and Democracy; Slavery and Its Aftermath; Water, Equity and Security; and The Future of Work.

While much debate focuses on the identification of the "right" problems, the Center recognizes common threads of vulnerability and inequity throughout each focus area, and acknowledges that to address one issue is to address, in some way, all of them. When we look at the history of innovation it becomes clear that creating valuable new ideas often builds upon restructuring prior iterations; however, to innovate, we need to imagine simultaneously another, more inclusive world. Creating such a future requires that we come to terms with the past. The Center aims to identify such gaps in research and practice, contemplate how to bridge these gaps, and develop programs and avenues to combat inequity and injustice.

By applying rigorous scholarship to the real world, we offer tangible solutions to real problems, promote public good, and strengthen our global community.