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March 2017

Dear Subscriber,
We are pleased to share with you news on our latest work in policy research and evaluation.  Among other noteworthy news and updates, this issue of the Newsletter highlights some of our ongoing international work, as well as our 2-Gen work on the domestic front. In addition, this issue of the newsletter includes updates on Dr. Ray Marshall's current work on comprehensive immigration reform and education policy.
Sadly, though, we also bring news of the passing of a dear friend, colleague, former RMC associate director, and luminary in the workforce development field. Through his friendship and leadership, Bob McPherson taught many of us how to love life and, at the same time, enjoy our work (and, he taught at least two of us how to two-step). Spend a little time on Bob's memorial page and you are sure to get a sense of much we will miss him.
The Ray Marshall Center envisions a world where sound, responsible policies and programs advance human potential and increase prosperity prospects for all.
Thank you for your interest, and stay in touch.

Heath J. Prince, PhD,  Director

Former RMC associate director and longtime friend Bob McPherson passes away

The Ray Marshall Center was saddened to learn of the passing of former associate director and longtime friend Robert Earl McPherson in the early hours of December 9, 2016.  "Big Bob," as he was affectionately known to most of his friends and colleagues, was a central figure in Texas workforce circles and spent much of his career associated with the RMC as a project director, associate director, and senior advisor and mentor to many colleagues and students alike. 

We have created a memorial page to Big Bob and his work.  We invite everyone to share your thoughts and stories about him on the website. 
Ray Marshall completing book on managing immigration

Professor Emeritus Dr. Ray Marshall, the founder of our Center and holder of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs, is completing another book on immigration, which is tentatively titled Managing Immigration: Benchmarking International Best Practice.  This book examines the best practices of other immigration countries - particularly Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. - and discusses how the United States can adapt these lessons to create a more effective employment-based migration system.  It is increasingly clear that the U.S. system, which relies largely on family-based immigration, will need to shift to a system that emphasizes migrants who have the skills and education to allow the U.S. to better compete in an increasingly knowledge-intensive global economy.

Learn more about the book here.
Ray Marshall meets with organizers on comprehensive immigration reform

With immigration reform being front and center these days, Dr. Marshall has responded to several requests since the election from print and broadcast media to discuss immigration-related issues.  In addition, he is consulting with a coalition of labor and other organizations who have reached out to him to help craft a plan for comprehensive immigration reform.  Two recent meetings hosted by Dr. Marshall in Austin, TX, brought together members of the AFL-CIO, United Way Worldwide, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Economic Policy Institute to delve deeper into the issues.

Learn more about the meetings here.
Ray Marshall works with the National Center on Education and the Economy on education issues

In addition to immigration issues, Dr. Ray Marshall remains heavily involved in education-related issues, particularly in his work with the   National Center on Education and the Economy, whose board he co-chairs.  NCEE has done extensive international education benchmarking; operates the   National Institute for School Leadership, the nation's largest organization to train principals for high-performance schools; and is working with the National Conference of State Legislatures and a number of states to develop high-performance school systems based on models derived from international best practice.  The NCEE's goal is to help create a world-class education system that will effectively educate all Americans to high international standards.

Heath Prince in Jordan to conduct a proposal planning workshop

Dr. Heath Prince, RMC Director and Research Scientist, traveled to Amman, Jordan, from February 4th-9th during a recent trip to the Middle East to conduct a proposal planning workshop.  He, along with colleagues from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and Brandeis University, were invited to submit a full proposal for a grant sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) titled "Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Jordan."

Read more about the workshop and it's related activities here.

Heath Prince presents paper at American University of Beirut conference

RMC Director and Research Scientist Heath Prince was invited to present a paper at the   Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies conference held at the American University of Beirut February 2-3, 2017.  The two day academic conference was sponsored by AUB's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and Princeton University's Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and included speakers and panelist from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Heath presented his paper " Economic Growth, Youth Unemployment, and Political and Social Instability: A Study of Policies and Outcomes in Post-Arab Spring Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, 1990-2013" which discusses youth unemployment policy in the MENA region Post-Arab Spring.
Chris King gives keynote to United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

On February 3rd, RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King traveled to Philadelphia, PA, to give a keynote talk "Two-Generation Antipoverty Strategies: The Why, What, Who and How" and to participate in a strategy discussion for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Christina Caramanis directs 2Gen mini-doc

Directed by LBJ School of Public Affairs doctoral student and former Ray Marshall Center graduate research assistant Christina N. Caramanis, 2G: Raising Families out of Poverty in the 21st Century follows the nascent efforts of community leaders, policy makers, and academics across disciplinary lines putting together a vision for antipoverty policy and programs that focus on the real needs of today's American family. 

Chris King delivers 2Gen summit's keynote talk at Lifeworks

RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King presented a keynote talk "The Promise of Emerging 2-Generation Antipoverty Strategies" at  The College for Behavioral Health Leadership's 2-Gen Summit held at Lifeworks, Austin, TX on January 25, 2017.  The Austin summit , titled "Dialogue 1: Expanding our Boundaries - Connecting Causes and Consequences," is the first in a series of three events being held to address issues in the health care environment, opening dialogues to address core leadership capabilities essential to the future.

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