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Craig J. Richardson: The minimum wage paradox

The Winston-Salem Journal

The tool, which we call the Social Benefits Calculator, enables anyone to go online and experience for themselves what it is like to be receiving social benefits and experience a monthly wage increase.

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CSEM director, Western North Carolina colleague unite on innovative strategies


CSEM Director Craig Richardson and Ed Lopez work in different areas of the state but are confronting similar challenges with innovative techniques. 

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CSEM research on first-time homebuyers’ program highlighted on local NPR radio station


Newly released data show that a long-time program that helps Black Forsyth County renters become homeowners is bearing fruit.


CSEM debuts nation’s first Social Benefits Calculator in conjunction with Forsyth Futures


The calculator will help recipients, employers and policy makers better navigate the maze of social benefits such as food stamps (SNAP), housing and child care assistance.

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CSEM-supported group confronts terrible tide of gun violence

The Winston-Salem Journal

Te'ore Terry comes to his mother in dreams. Three months after he was fatally shot in Winston-Salem, on Valentine's Day...

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Helping the Community Helps Your University: New and Replicable Ways Two University Centers are Impacting Their Communities


CSEM Director Craig Richardson has been invited to share the work of CSEM together with  the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise (CSFE) at Western Carolina University-  which is being hosted by the American Council of Education (ACE) and live-streamed nationally to all its members as well as the public.


CSEM-supported group underscores new mode of community mobilization

The Chronicle

Michael Banner and Marcus Hill have been chipping away at food insecurity in East Winston, forming a nonprofit, Island CultureZ, to increase land and market access for economically marginalized communities...


CSEM director unveils groundbreaking research on homeownership program


When CSEM Director Craig Richardson, intrigued by thousands of pages of documents, approached Forsyth Economic Developer Dan Kornelis about doing a study of the county’s homeownership program, Kornelis welcomed the chance...

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