Dowling College Announces Creation of LI Economic and Social Policy Institute
Organization Offering and Implementing Practical Solutions Kicks Off With January 12th Event
Dowling College President Robert J. Gaffney announced today that economic and social issues facing the Nation's first suburb will be researched and analyzed, and practical solutions discussed through the newly founded Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute at Dowling College.
Research comparing and quantifying differences between contemporary and past suburban communities will be a primary focus of the LI-ESP. This will provide a curriculum for an interdisciplinary course of study on suburbia, sociology, culture, race and economics, and contribute subject matter for papers, publications and symposiums.
A series of breakfast symposiums sponsored by Washington Mutual is scheduled throughout 2007 and kicks off with a January 12th event entitled, "Racial Higher Education Attainment Gap". Special invited guests will be the Superintendents of Long Island's school districts. Roger Tilles will be the featured speaker, as he outlines the duties of his position of New York State Regent. Attendance is by invitation only; for information on this and other LI-ESP events, call 631-244-3377.
Martin R. Cantor, CPA, M.A., will serve as the Institute's director. Mr. Cantor's background includes serving as Suffolk County Economic Development Commissioner; Director of Economic Development for Sustainable Long Island; Senior Fellow at the Institute for Socio-Economic Studies; and Chief Economist for the New York State Assembly Sub-committee on the Long Island Economy. He has presented his paper titled "Race Neutral Sustainable Economic Development" at Harvard University and is the author of the recently published book, Long Island, The Global Economy and Race: The Aging of America's First Suburb.
"The Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute will provide thoughtful commentary and cutting edge enlightened thinking on the pressing social and economic issues of the day," explained Mr. Cantor.
Mr. Gaffney noted that Dowling College students would benefit from initiatives of the Institute, which will provide crucial analysis of Long Island communities that can be integrated into current course curriculum. "By working with the Townsend School of Business, the Institute will provide students with insights into community revitalization and business development strategies which they can use in their local communities, thus providing community development and economic leadership for decades to come," Mr. Gaffney said.
The LIESP plans to host symposiums and workshops on various issues. The Institute will also conduct research and present testimony and analytical information at national, state and county legislative hearings. "We hope to receive financial sponsorship from the corporate and financial community, and forge partnerships with other foundations and institutes to collaborate on issues of mutual interest," said Mr. Cantor.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.