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Clark-Fox Policy Institute launches

From the WashU Newsroom...

The Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute at the Brown School officially opened with a launch event April 19 in Hillman Hall.

The Clark-Fox Policy Institute is a center for public policy engagement. Its mission is to advance social and economic justice by working collaboratively to connect evidence-based policy solutions to public awareness, practitioner training and policy decision-making.

The launch event, “Amplifying Impact: Launching a Platform for Connecting Evidence to Policy,” was held in the Clark-Fox Forum.

“Structural barriers hold people in multi-generational, life-long poverty,” Gary Parker, associate dean for external affairs at the Brown School and inaugural director of the institute, said during his speech at the event.

“These barriers disproportionately impact communities of color,” he said. “We can and must deconstruct barriers to improve the lives of children, youth and the adults who care for them. The solution is policy. The Clark-Fox Policy Institute will work tirelessly toward the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies that advance social and economic justice and racial equity.”

The Clark-Fox Policy Institute was founded through the generosity of civic leaders Maxine Clark and Bob Fox, who, after enjoying highly successful careers as innovative entrepreneurs, founded the Clark-Fox Family Foundation in 2004. The Clark-Fox Family Foundation supports the economic development of the St. Louis metropolitan region through program development and investments in K-12, higher education, public health, immigration, social justice, community leadership and entrepreneurship.

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