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Rocío Calvo, PhD

Associate Professor

Boston College

Jorge Delva, PhD

Dean, Director, & Professor

Boston University

Martell Teasley, PhD

Dean & Professor

University of Utah


During the past five years, members of the Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice

network and their colleagues have:

• Received a $174,423 grant from the Russell

Sage Foundation to conduct a study on how

older Latinx immigrants navigate community


• Authored five working papers on addressing

social stigma, integrating Latinx immigrants,

supporting African American children,

building inclusive communities, and reducing

disparities in juvenile justice

• Launched the School Success Project, which

aims to "raise awareness and promote

school success by reducing disproportionate

suspension and expulsion of school-aged

youth." Based at the University of Utah's

College of Social Work, this watchdog entity

grew out of the 2017 working paper,

"Increasing Success for African American

Children and Youth"

• Published numerous books and articles,

including "Facing Segregation: Housing Policy

Solutions for a Stronger Society," "LGBT

Stigma and Stress: How Social Workers Can

Help," and the introduction to a special

issue of the Journal of Teaching and Social

Work on "Preparing Bilingual, Bicultural

Social Workers to Serve the Growing Latino

Population in America"

• Presented at the annual conference of the

Society for Social Work and Research

• Co-sponsored a congressional briefing on

"The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look

Inside County Jails," calling for better physical

and mental healthcare services for people

admitted to jails

• Worked through the Latinx Leadership

Initiative at Boston College School of Social

Work to "increase the number of Latinx social

workers in the United States and develop

social work practitioners who are equipped

to work effectively with Latinx communities

across the country"

• Spoken out against the immigration policies

of the Trump Administration with respect to

their harmful implications for children

• Advocated for the reauthorization of the

Higher Education Act, arguing for retaining

financial supports to ensure affordability

for students and including social work

programs in Graduate Assistance in Areas

of National Need


Members of the Grand Challenge to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice network

have articulated the following objectives for the next five years:

• Increase collaboration with related Grand Challenges, such as Eliminate Racism and Promote

Smart Decarceration

• Emphasize the Grand Challenge in light of the growing racial and ethnic inequities in U.S. society

• Continue to advocate for policy recommendations, including:

1. Accelerate Latinx immigrant integration and expand coverage under the Patient

Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

2. Enhance, expand, and strengthen federal antidiscrimination laws, including

the Voting Rights Act

3. Eliminate zero tolerance policies in schools and promote the use of evidence-

informed practices and policies to address racial disciplinary disproportionality

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