Take 5! Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

  1. The Atlantic: Learning While Homeless
    "'I go to school every day because I like school, but sometimes I can’t concentrate,' said the Santa Maria teenager whose district reports nearly a third of its students are homeless. 'When you’re that tired it affects your personality. You feel like … not much.' As California’s housing costs continue to soar, more and more children like Alison are suffering the severest of consequences: no place to call home. Since 2014, the number of homeless children in California has jumped 20 percent. In the most recently released data, 202,329 young people are living in cars, motels, shelters, on the street, or in crowded homes shared with other families."
  2. The Hartford Courant: College Campuses Rally For Puerto Rico Relief
    "Connecticut colleges are rallying to help students displaced by last month’s hurricanes by preparing to offer in-state tuition and scholarships to those who moved individuals who want to continue their education to the area from Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands. 'We’re being proactive,' said Maribel La Luz, a spokeswoman for the public Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. 'We want to be ready if and when the requests come in.'”
  3. Brookings: Examining Faculty Diversity at America's Top Public Universities
    "Following protests at colleges across the United States during the 2015-16 academic year, many student organizations have issued demands of administrators to increase the representation of minorities and women among faculty and staff. For example, at my institution, the University of Missouri-Columbia, The Legion of Black Collegians has demanded an increase in the percentage of black faculty and staff to 10 percent by 2017-18. Similarly-spirited demands have been made by groups at many universities, including 'Who’s Teaching Us?' at Stanford University, 'Liberate MSU' at Michigan State University, and 'The Irate 8' at the University of Cincinnati, among others."
  4. Wired: Boston's High Tech Plan to Tackle Income Inequality
    "One thing we know about Boston, a great US city whose metro area is home to some great American universities (including my employer, Harvard), is that its African-American and Latino populations aren’t capturing their shares of opportunities these days. What if one key 'result' that Boston wants and needs is greater social mobility for all of its people? What contribution will data make to 'drive' that result? And how will public policy need to change to take that data into account? The city is about to announce a fascinating new start of an answer: an Economic Mobility Lab, housed in the Mayor's Office."
  5. The 74: The Age of Automation Demands a New American School System, Study Declares
    "Today’s high school students will graduate into a workforce destabilized by technological innovation, according to a new publication from America Succeeds, and even graduates of competitive four-year colleges will have to continually acquire new skills to remain employed in the dawning age of artificial intelligence. The group, an advocacy organization dedicated to bringing together schools and businesses, argues that American schools have failed to prepare their charges for the jobs they will need to fill in the future."