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WSSU Professors Smith and Richardson tackle big questions of transportation and inequity at Wake Forest U. 

WFDD radio

Winston-Salem State University geography professor Russell Smith and economics professor Craig Richardson will present their research, which was conducted at the Spatial Justice Studio and Center for the Study of Economic Mobility, during a joint panel discussion on transportation and inequity on the campus of Wake Forest University. They shared this preview with WFDD’s David Ford.



CSEM to be featured as higher ed innovator in the forthcoming documentary Rigged- April 2020. 

RIGGED examines how the long prevailing value system in U.S. higher education erodes individual opportunity and undermines U.S. democracy. RIGGED builds on the premise that throughout history, a growing economic imbalance ultimately leads to social unrest, political upheaval, and war. The Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at WSSU is featured as one of the innovators that will reverse this trend and that will “ultimately transform colleges and universities into pathways for student engagement and social mobility.” Interviews with staff members, faculty and top administrators at WSSU each provide perspective on how the University creates success for its students. CollegeNET is the sponsor of the film as well as the national Social Mobility Index (SMI) awards, given yearly. WSSU is one of only five universities in the nation that has consistently ranked among the top 20 schools on the SMI over the past five years.

CSEM research referenced in The Washington Post

The Washington Post Article: "Gentrification in the D.C. area pushes people from homes and away from transit."

The Center for the Study of Economic Mobility in Winston-Salem, N.C., found that city bus commuters spent on average 8.6 extra hours per week riding the bus compared with how much time it would take to drive to work.

New America announces new partnership to study property insecurity and loss in the United States

New America: Future of Property Rights Press Release

Our new partnership will map home and land loss across the country and conduct on-the-ground research in Arizona, Indiana and North Carolina.

CSEM and Tate Consulting will offer an eight week entrepreneurial excellence program for FREE

Can you imagine being in college and having a great business idea or an individual who has been working for over 20 years in a job unfulfilled because it did not align with your passion? If you said yes, there is a program designed to help you achieve your goals.

The Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) and Tate Consulting will offer the Playbook for Entrepreneurial Excellence, an eight-week program designed to arm individuals with CEO leadership competencies and skills to give you the confidence to be your boss.

Many students and working individuals in transition do not have a clear roadmap to start the entrepreneurial process and fail. This program will provide individuals with critical business certifications and business acumen needed to help them create a profitable, successful, and sustaining company. By turning your business idea into a reality, you will be able to acquire financial success in your chosen endeavor. Entrepreneurship allows you the freedom to make your dreams come true and to see your life the way you want it to be. You can find more information or apply here.

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CSEM announces 2019-20 Faculty Research Fellows


Three WSSU faculty members have been selected as the 2019-20 Center for the Study of Economic Mobility Faculty Research Fellows.

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Craig J. Richardson and Russell Smith: ‘Spreading the wealth’ in the East Ward

Winston-Salem Journal 
Several years of planning and community conversation led to a plan to help invigorate the East End area, also known as the East End Master Plan. Now, it seems those plans are up for debate. As some city council members are mulling over whether to allow those funds to be spread across the entire East Ward to “spread the wealth.”  

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Local economist assesses New York Times’ take on Winston-Salem

WFDD radio

A recent article in the New York Times, “Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities”, has put Winston-Salem in the national spotlight. But based on the reaction it’s received thus far from local residents and an increasingly vocal group of public officials, some are wondering whether the story got it right.

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Craig J. Richardson: Innovation in transportation: Can it happen here?

Winston-Salem Journal

Since our founding in September 2017, the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) has generated academic research with the aim of spurring beneficial public debate. Housed at Winston-Salem State University, CSEM has been at the vanguard of empirical research around our local public transportation system, along with a host of other research initiatives.


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