The Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) serves as a hub for faculty and student research, as well as community outreach. Our objective is to better understand the causes of low economic mobility in Forsyth County.
Huge barriers exist for East Winston-Salem residents that prevent them from successfully participating in the positive progress made by the wealthier citizens on the west side of the city. CSEM’s vision is to reduce, if not eliminate, these barriers through innovative policy solutions that can substantially change lives for these residents in the short and long term. These policy solutions are mindful of incentives for the three major stakeholders: business, individuals and government. We call it our B.I.G. idea.