Student Working Groups

New Haven Gun Violence

Since the dramatic surge in violent crime among youth that swept the country during the 1980s and 1990s, gun violence in U.S. cities has largely been treated as a young person’s problem. Research and resources, along with media coverage, is often directed towards addressing gun violence among teens and young adults. However, has the age distribution of gunshot wound victims remained the same over time?

Police Misconduct

The current discourse around police misconduct often pivots on the question of whether such behaviors are driven by a few “bad apples” or larger systematic or institutional problems. The truth, as it is in so many instances, is likely somewhere in the middle. Whether criminal offending or corporate malfeasance, deviant behavior is a learned behavior and is influenced by the structure and content of one’s social networks. Police misconduct or abuse behavior is no exception and is, most likely, learned through informal relationships and interactions between officers.

Student Employment

College students around the country often participate in student employment during their college careers. Many students need to work to help afford tuition or fulfill a work-study requirement for financial aid. Other students seek job opportunities to build skills and credentials for the careers they seek after they graduate. Students who are unable to find jobs that meet their financial needs and serve their professional development goals may be at a disadvantage relative to their peers.

New Haven Education

In the last 20 years, New Haven has been at the vanguard of education reform, with the creation of an inter district magnet program, public preschool opportunities, the New Haven Promise college scholarships and a nationally heralded teacher evaluation system developed in collaboration with the district and the teacher’s union. Over that time, how have the trajectory and mobility of New Haven’s children changed as they move from prek to college? How do these pathways differ by neighborhood?

Prison Education

Prison education is currently at the forefront of national conversations about criminal justice reform and access to higher education. Successful university partnerships in prison have proven their transformative value to students, educators, and institutions of higher learning by providing rigorous, high-quality educational opportunity to underserved students of great potential. The Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall seeks to expand upon existing Yale programming in correctional facilities by offering Yale College courses to incarcerated students in Connecticut.