Saturday, August 31, 2019
Encouraging Blood Donors
9:42 am edt
to the Red Cross, just 3 of 100 Americans donate blood—a
figure that leaves ample opportunity for improvement and impact...
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Training in Worcester
8:28 am edt I recently returned from a week of CASA training in Worcester--which has a well-established program serving hundreds of children in that Massachusetts county.
Thanks to the colleagues who helped us (twelve actual volunteers, along with me as a staff observer/participant); CASA of Southern Connecticut will benefit.
Sunday, August 4, 2019
More Mass Gun Violence, Domestic Terrorism, White Nationalism
10:43 am edt
I awoke this morning
to news of two more mass shootings, in El Paso and Dayton--how sadly familiar, with white nationalism (at least in El Paso)
apparently blended with terrorism. As has been true for years, expanded background checks have to be the utter minimum
in terms of needed action. Condolences to the victims' family and friends.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Summer Learning and the Opportunity Gap
9:24 pm edt Summer Learning Week is July 8-13.
Last year, I wrote this related piece, citing various New Haven as well as national organizations. The "opportunity gap" -- and the need to address it, including through summer learning
-- unfortunately remains an urgent priority.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Student-Athlete Miye Oni to the NBA's Utah Jazz
10:00 am edt On June 20, Yale's Miye Oni became the first
Ivy League basketball player to be drafted by the NBA in nearly a quarter of a century. A political science major who
just completed his junior year (and who helped lead his Yale team to an Ivy League title, in a March 17 win noted here), he
has arranged to earn his Yale degree over the next year or two while pursuing his professional basketball career. He
was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and then traded to the Utah Jazz. His Yale coach, James Jones, has said Miye is "an outstanding talent and a better person." Congratulations and
best wishes to this student-athlete and terrific young man!