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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.



CSS identifies and mobilizes resources for diverse change agents to create new alliances, networks, partnerships, pathways, and perspectives. We strive to affect real-world needs with creative pathways to foster equitable individual and community well-being.


CSS investigates areas of inequity through a variety of methods, tools, and technologies. We aspire to transform data into information and information into insight in order to better understand and craft evidence-based solutions to problems confronting contemporary society.


CSS recognizes the importance of working with others and achieving together what may not be possible alone. We strive to bring a cooperative spirit and strategy to crafting solutions and meaningful change.

Common Good

CSS advances collective well-being in an increasingly inequitable world. We commit to equity, justice, and enabling access to the opportunities and support necessary for a robust, healthy, and thriving democracy. 


CSS takes risks in the pursuit of transformational change. We strive to challenge corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders to incorporate systemic changes within their work in order to improve accountability and justice.


CSS engages with current discourse and asks tough questions that deepen our understanding of issues and solutions. We strive to investigate under-explored avenues and inspire inquisitiveness in others.


CSS champions diverse voices, needs, and backgrounds. We strive to convene a multiplicity of perspectives, learn from insights and strengths of others, and share openly what others may be able to learn from us.