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MCC Economic Inequality Initiative: Economic Inequality Initiative

First Year Team Leader

Maura O'Connor

Please contact Professor Maura O'Connor with questions and/or ideas regarding the Economic Inequality Initiative here at MCC.

Maura O'Connor - First Year Team Leader Manchester Community College

Room A229.



It's Inequality Stupid (Mother Jones March/April 2011)

Income Growth by State 2009 - 2012

A New Initiative - Economic Inequality

In February 2014, AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) joined with their community college colleagues in The Democracy Commitment (TDC) and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich at San Francisco State University (Calif.) for a live webcast about his documentary film, Inequality for All. This event served as the inspiration for the first joint ADP/TDC national initiative, an effort centered on economic inequality and co‐led by ADP's Keene State College (N.H.) and TDC's Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.).

Next, a small cohort of two‐and four-­year ADP and TDC member institutions will join lead institutions in a three-year initiative to understand the impact of economic inequality on our democracy. The goal of this initiative is to help students think about and take action to confront the complex causes of growing economic inequality.

We envision developing, implementing and documenting innovative, interactive curricula and experiential learning modules that can be adapted across our campuses and communities. Participating institutions will work together to study the relationship between public policy, economic inequality, economic opportunity and social mobility to prepare undergraduates for lives of informed civic engagement.

Birth of the Economic Inequality Initiative



Inequality for All - 4/23/15 - 1pm SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium

The screening will take place on April 23rd, Thursday afternoon from 1-3PM in the SBM Charitable Auditorium in the AST.  The screening is free and open to the public.  Classes, students, faculty and staff are welcome.  Additional information, including informational graphics for instruction on the issue and the biography of Robert Reich can be found on the website:

Bill Moyers Journal: America's Growing Economic Divide

America offers jobs that drive people into poverty, not out of poverty. Minimum wage is worth less now than in 1968 by half. America has the greatest spread of economic inequality of all industrialized nations.

Watch off-campus here.