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.
We envision a world without social inequity and systemic disenfranchisement, where opportunities and resources are more evenly distributed.
The mission of the Center for Social Solutions is to cultivate collaboration, leadership, and scholarship in order to create a more equitable and inclusive world. We seek to identify, develop, and implement scalable, data-driven solutions that address societal inequities. In this spirit, our four founding initiatives—diversity and democracy, the impact of slavery, water security, and the future of work—aim to redress systemic injustices through interdisciplinary research and educational outreach.