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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.

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CSEM Focus. Pedro Perez speaks about “The Broken Mobility Ladder” at the 2019 CSEM Fall Lecture Series. Perez talked about the hard history behind the broken ladder, history that goes back to the founders and the Constitution and later amendments meant to bring the document back to its commitment to freedom. He is the Executive Director of the Charlotte Family Housing (CFH), based in Charlotte, North Carolina. CFH’s mission is to empower families to achieve life-long self sufficiency through housing, supportive services, and advocacy. Read More.