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Why bottom-up, grassroots action is needed

ROCitizen co-director Ravi Mangla believes problems such as systemic racism and economic inequality must be addressed head-on. He answers four questions from the Beacon about ROCitizen’s efforts to build community wealth and stronger, more connected neighborhoods.

Looking for career preparation? Consider the liberal arts

In the context of workforce development, liberal arts programs and courses are often overlooked except for their capacity to instill students with the “soft skills.” And yet, the modern tech boom is replete with stories of startup founders, presidents and CEOs who studied the liberal arts.

A third way on marijuana legalization

New York should fix the problematic effects stemming from current laws—including the disparate effects of arrests on minority communities—by effectively decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot and expunging old convictions.

Promoting equal pay

The Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester is advocating for equal pay with the theme #EXTRA80. The center marks Equal Pay Day today.

Centering ourselves

Women of color in the arts and culture sector are leaders. Just because the mainstream arts community has not recognized this reality with jobs, funding, awards and other forms of professional recognition does not mean it isn’t so.

A history of failures

The state report on the death of Trevyan Rowe is the most recent but hardly the first description of the RCSD’s special education shortcomings. Is the district finally up to the challenge of fixing these problems?

AIM’s unlevel field for upstate cities

Reducing the large disparity in tax rates among cities, towns and villages with high property taxes and those with lower tax rates should be a priority for reform of the state’s Aid and Incentives for Municipalities revenue-sharing program.

A conversation with The College at Brockport’s president

Heidi Macpherson discusses her thoughts on the college’s strategic plan, the recent college admissions scandal, the roles of humanities and technology in high education, her strong feelings about author Margaret Atwood and much more.

Martin Babinec’s 5 keys to startup success

Entrepreneur Martin Babinec offered advice as the Spring Lecture speaker at the University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship. His tips don’t include having a big idea but underscore the need to learn, give and deliver.

Why bottom-up, grassroots action is needed

ROCitizen co-director Ravi Mangla believes problems such as systemic racism and economic inequality must be addressed head-on. He answers four questions from the Beacon about ROCitizen’s efforts to build community wealth and stronger, more connected neighborhoods.

Looking for career preparation? Consider the liberal arts

In the context of workforce development, liberal arts programs and courses are often overlooked except for their capacity to instill students with the “soft skills.” And yet, the modern tech boom is replete with stories of startup founders, presidents and CEOs who studied the liberal arts.

A third way on marijuana legalization

New York should fix the problematic effects stemming from current laws—including the disparate effects of arrests on minority communities—by effectively decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot and expunging old convictions.

Promoting equal pay

The Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester is advocating for equal pay with the theme #EXTRA80. The center marks Equal Pay Day today.