ND on the Hill

LEO managing director testifies at congressional hearing on hunger in America

by Colleen Sharkey

May 07, 2021

Heather Reynolds, managing director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame, testified at the April 28 Congressional hearing on “Ending Hunger in America: Challenges, Opportunities, and Building the Political Will to Succeed.”

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A food bank volunteer loads groceries.

The hearing, from the Committee on Rules in the U.S. House of Representatives, was led by the committee chair, Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. Exacerbated by the lengthy COVID-19 pandemic, hunger has hit the U.S. hard and McGovern called this an “all-hands-on-deck moment.” He hopes to call another White House conference on hunger that would be only the second one ever held — the first being in 1969.

Reynolds advocated for solutions to hunger that are backed by evidence and that take into account the complexities of poverty, of which hunger is only a part. A comprehensive approach that provides not just food, not just housing, not just job training, but also the human support and interactions that help drive changes and choices in the face of despair is what is needed, she noted.

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Notre Dame provost tells US Senate committee STEMM’s lack of women, minority representation hinders American competitiveness

by Notre Dame News

April 15, 2021

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Marie Lynn Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame, gives testimony at U.S. Senate.

Miranda said it is important not to view the challenge as a STEMM pipeline with single entry and exit points and leaks along the way, but instead to recognize and support the many educational and career pathways that together are needed to create the STEMM-enabled workforce of the future.In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday (April 14), Marie Lynn Miranda, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame, said ensuring America’s national security and global competitiveness for the future requires us to attract more women and underrepresented minorities to STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields.

“The ability of the U.S. to meet the demand for individuals with the knowledge, skills, curiosity and creativity necessary to enter STEMM careers is hindered by the lack of women and underrepresented minorities in STEMM fields,” Miranda said. “For example, while there are about 5 million people in the U.S. employed in computing occupations, only 24 percent are women and 15 percent are underrepresented minorities.”

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Pandemic is pushing women in STEM ‘past the point of no return’

by Jessica Sieff

April 01, 2021

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Patricia Clark works with a graduate student in a McCourtney Hall lab. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

During a virtual briefing held by the Women in STEM Caucus and The Science CoalitionPatricia Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, said that women in science are being pushed past the point of no return due to the ongoing strain of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with longstanding structural barriers — threatening permanent damage to their careers.

“Under the best of times, there are still deep structural issues that present barriers to women’s participation in science,” Clark said in her remarks. “And this includes the fundamental incompatibility between the expectations of the tenure clock and society’s expectations of women as caregivers, especially as mothers.”

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Sullivan testifies to effectiveness of wrap-around social service programs that truly fight poverty

by Colleen Sharkey

March 11, 2021

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James Sullivan, Gilbert F. Schaefer College Professor of Economics and LEO Co-founder.

At the invitation of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, ranking member of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee at the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jim Sullivan, co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame, testified at a March 10 hearing, “Health Profession Opportunity Grants: Past Successes and Future Uses.”

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