The Institute for Justice and Well-Being - Advancing Equity through Community Schools

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being - Advancing Equity through Community Schools

Research affiliates with the Institute for Justice and Well-Being engage in education, research, scholarship and practice that seeks to advance equity, eliminate racism and all forms of oppression, bias and disadvantage through the implementation of university-assisted community schools.

Binghamton University faculty lead the Institute for Justice and Well-Being - Advancing Equity through Community Schools, a research institute that advances global health, progressive education and well-being for marginalized populations. The institute implements cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities with communities and people across the lifespan and the globe.

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being - Advancing Equity through Community Schools was founded in 2009 at Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs. As one of the most interdisciplinary research centers at the University, the institute fosters rich collaboration across University and community organizations. Our research associates span professions and disciplines including counseling, education, engineering, human development, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and social work.


John Dewey, Community Schools, and Creating a Democratic Civic University

Provost Donald Hall and Dean Laura Bronstein will be hosting a lecture by Ira Harkavy, the associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.

Harkavy has helped to develop academically based community service courses and community-engaged research projects that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools within West Philadelphia. Harkavy teaches in history, urban studies and Africana studies, as well as in the Graduate School of Education. Harkavy has also written and lectured widely on the history and current practice of urban university-community-school partnerships and the democratic and civic missions of higher education.

Harkavy will deliver a talk on the topic of "John Dewey, Community Schools, and Creating a Democratic Civic University". The lecture will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, at the University Downtown Center, Room 220.

Democracy in the United States is in crisis, and higher education, particularly the American research universities, is contributing to that crisis. Given their substantial resources, their role as primary centers of knowledge production and their powerful influence on education and the schooling system, research universities might well be the central institution in society. If they are to have a positive impact, however, they need to move beyond traditional elitist and neoliberal models that dominate US higher education. A new kind of university — a democratic civic university — is needed, one whose primary mission is advancing democracy, democratically, on campus, in its local community and across the wider society. The really hard question is how to create a democratic civic university in practice. Drawing on the writings of John Dewey, the history of US higher education and over 35 years of experience developing university-assisted community schools in the University of Pennsylvania’s local neighborhood of West Philadelphia, Harkavy proposes how universities — including through university-assisted community schools — might contribute to a better quality of community life, increased contributions to knowledge and to a more just, inclusive and democratic society.

Lunch will be provided, parking is available and there is no cost to attend. However, an RSVP is required and can be sent to, or by calling 607-777-3537, by March 1.

Welcome, Luciana Rubicondo!!

Luciana Rubicondo
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Luciana Rubicondo was born and raised in Binghamton and brings nearly 20 years of experience in clinical social work, child welfare, and foster care prevention to her new role.  She works with the BInghamotn University Community Schools team and is responsible for supervising and supporting all the school mental health site supervisors.  Her expertise promises to enhance our collective impact on education and justice. Welcome aboard, Luciana! Together, let's make a lasting difference in the pursuit of well-being and equity.

SUNY TAF Accepting Proposals

We are pleased to announce that the application period for the SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund Class of 2024 is now OPEN!
The SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) provides critical investments to advance SUNY innovation from the lab to the marketplace. TAF investments are highly competitive and support technology development milestones, such as feasibility studies, prototyping, and clinical and field testing, to demonstrate that an innovation has commercial potential.
Faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines and campuses are encouraged to submit proposals for TAF Class of 2024 funding.

Please be advised that all proposals require the review and participation of your campus administration prior to submission. To be certain that you adhere to any local proposal submission deadlines, we urge you to immediately contact your technology transfer office and/or office of sponsored programs if you are interested in participating in the TAF Class of 2024 investment round.

The deadline for submitting proposals is March 20, 2024. For more information, please review the TAF Class of 2024 Application and Administrative Guidelines.

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Hiding in Plain Sight.

The issues surrounding mental illness are extraordinarily complex; the risk factors are daunting, the economics bewildering, the politics contentious.  Public policy, research, and education can help.  But the most important step and often the most difficult one is to start talking about it.  Through the broadcast of this film and the work that you are doing in your community, we can help to ignite this conversation. Register here

The Director of the Institute was featured in The Academic Minute.

Dr. Laura Bronstein emphasized the significance of summer programs in minimizing learning loss through the community school model. As a national expert, Dean Bronstein promotes community schools as drivers of equitable and inclusive school environments where all students, families and communities can thrive. You can read more about this topic in the article linked here.

Prevent Learning Loss with Engaging Activities.

An article in The Huffington Post interviewed Dr. Laura Bronstein, the Dean of the College for Community and Public Affairs and Director of the IJWB - Advancing Equity through Community Schools, about the 'summer slide' that many students experience when they are out of school, and the negative impact it can have on learning. Dr. Bronstein emphasized the importance of creating fun and educational activities that can help prevent summer learning loss, whether they are done at home or in the community. She also highlighted the advantages of community schools, which offer comprehensive services and summer learning opportunities for students and families. Take a look at this article to discover effective ways of keeping students engaged and enhancing their skills during the summer break.

IJWB - Advancing Equity through Community Schools Director and Research Affiliate Recognized by Stanford University.

Stanford University published an article recognizing contributions from scientists globally, and Dr. Laura Bronstein, Dean of College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) and Director of the Institute for Justice and Well-Being, and Dr. Brandon E. Gibb, Research Affiliate and Professor of Psychology, were part of the top 2% of all researchers in the world in their respective fields. Dr. Gibb's research focuses on the development and expression of information-processing biases that increase risk for depression in children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Bronstein's research centers on interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration and community schools. Read more about Dean Bronstein and Dr. Gibb and their work here.

IJWB - Advancing Equity through Community Schools Highlighted As Center for Community and Change.

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being - Advancing Equity through Community Schools was highlighted by BingUNews as a leader in the community to create positive change and community partnerships that aim to advance the state of current social problems. The article applauds the Institute on housing the vast interests and expertise of Binghamton University's best researchers, while fostering interpersonal relationships that drive their work, which includes advancing community schools, providing research opportunities to students, and working within the IJWB and others extending their work on a global scale. Read the article here.

Binghamton University continues its ongoing dedication to the advancement of social justice for all individuals and populations.

The Office of the Provost has created a website to highlight that a number of institutes and centers have been established across disciplines at the University to promote research, ideas, communication and critical discourse in areas including human rights, equality for women and girls, and global health, progressive education, and well-being for marginalized populations. Like the Institute for Justice and Well-Being, these centers and institutes exist to raise awareness of issues of historical, systemic injustices, and to explore ways to rise above these injustices to the benefit of the world’s underrepresented. Learn more here about the institutes and centers here.

Binghamton University Applauded for Diversity and Inclusivity.

Donald E. Hall, Vice Provost of Binghamton University, recently wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald as he spotlights Binghamton University for its commitment to diversity, equity, and freedoms for all, in comparison to the limitation of LGBTQ+ rights for youth in Florida. He also notes that Binghamton University aims to embody community, acceptance and inclusivity for all learners and thinkers by implementing recruitment strategies for students and faculty who might find New York as a safe haven for one to be who they want to be. Read more of Dr. Hall's article here.