Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Rethinking College Recruitment Strategies

By Melissa Giangrande Published October 31, 2013

If you study hard and get good grades, you can climb your way out of poverty. At least this is the romantic myth that most Americans still believe. In reality, the American system of higher education fails to create the opportunities that would allow low-income students to gain social mobility. Top colleges state their desire to recruit a diverse student body, yet they do an abysmal job at luring high-achieving, poor students into their applicant pools. The federal government must step in and take a larger role in pushing universities to more actively recruit the low-income population. \r\n\r\n

Mandatory Arbitrations: Locked Courthouse Doors

By Melissa Giangrande Published October 3, 2013

The 1925 Federal Arbitration Act grants the power to include mandatory binding arbitrations in consumer and employment contracts. The law states binding arbitration is "valid, irrevocable, and enforceable save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for revocation of any contract." It also allows federal courts to enforce arbitration if a party does not comply with the agreement. Essentially, it shuts the doors of the courthouse to consumers and employees by forcing them to sign away their rights to sue, usually unknowingly.

A National Discrimination Policy

By Melissa Giangrande Published May 1, 2013

The spotlight on gender-based income inequalities is bright; it is a highly controversial topic. Obama's recent call to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour also made headlines following his State of the Union Address. Even raising the tipped worker subminimum wage of $2.13 an hour has been discussed by Congress. Yet, the majority of politically active Americans are completely ignorant of the exploitation of worker's with disabilities.