Skip to main content

More CSEM News


New Venture will bridge East Winston to power structures

The Chronicle

It’s six miles from East Winston to the sprawling Graylyn International Conference Center on Reynolda Road. At first blush to some, the distance might seem much more, that from blight to bright. 

Increasingly refined data can pave way for upward economic mobility

The Chronicle

At Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM), data is one of our bedrocks. 

A Trophy and a CSEM Swag Bag

CSEM receives award


Winston-Salem State University has recognized CSEM with a special honor.

CSEM logo

CSEM researchers included in crucial grant to study pandemic’s economic effects


Winston-Salem State University announced a grant of $1 million from the UNC Board of Governors and the N.C. Policy Collaboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill to combat COVID-19...

Study on housing loss reveals few surprises for urban core

The Chronicle

Last month representatives from New America, a think tank that focuses on a range of public policy issues, revealed findings from a study that took a closer look at evictions and mortgage foreclosures in Forsyth County.

CSEM-loaded student busts the barriers

Yes Weekly

Tyler Chisolm, a Winston-Salem State University senior majoring in psychology, is bright and driven.

CSEM joins county in win-win study of homeownership

The Chronicle

Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) and the county of Forsyth have come together to study the county’s Homeownership Program.


New study analyzes soaring home displacement rates in Forsyth County 


Over the past decade, Forsyth County has made some unflattering national news. A 2015 Harvard University study revealed its status as having the third-worst economic mobility in the U

Craig Richardson and Tim Robustelli: Forsyth needs long-term solutions to housing loss 

Winston-Salem Journal

Last week, protesters in Winston-Salem called for reinstatement of North Carolina’s eviction moratorium amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSTA suspends two-bag limit


The Winston-Salem Transit Authority has suspended its rule limiting passengers to just two bags of groceries, and a local high school student played a big role in its decision.

CSEM research finds city and/or businesses might benefit by subsidizing Uber use 

The Chronicle

New research on the city bus system from Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) finds that female riders commuting to work pay a higher overall economic price than their male counterparts.


CSEM supports problem-solving spatial justice research 

Winston-Salem Journal

The old saying is true: Geograph

a group of students

Local high school student connects with CSEM and charges ahead


Sarina Horner works on reform of city bus system.


CSEM Research Fellow says people in poverty want some joy, too

The Chronicle

For Winston-Salem State University psychology professor Michele Lewis, two recent news stories were jarring...


Program helps East Winston students confront problems aggravated by the pandemic

The Chronicle

Student Intern Ladarian Eaton helps the YouthRise class participants define their concerns. Photo by John Railey

jail bars

Released offenders welcome research to ease transition


They come out blinking at the free world, nervous, anxious, and although most will not admit it,

 a city bus

How public transit affects African-Americans' upward mobility

Spectrum News

He doesn't have access to a car. Goodman, 19, has to start his day hours before his shift to catch the #87 bus at the city's Transportation Center...

scholarly youth

Aligning to give vulnerable students the gifted teachers they need

The Chronicle

The challenge of how to get the best teachers in the lowest-performing schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system is one that has confounded educators for years...

Center for the Study of Economic Mobility logo

Hear these young people (speak on structural racism)

Winston-Salem Journal

A rising senior at an East Winston High School, spoke to researchers from Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) about the fear he feels from others as an African-American male...


Pandemic heightens concerns for bus rider


Subject of documentary film rises to new challenges

Reyes speaking to the public

Exploring the reasons behind the high rates of Hispanic evictions in pandemic

Triad City Beat

Vanessa Reyes of Winston-Salem has come a long way in her 19 years, and a big part of her journey from Mexico has been the road to speaking out, trying to explain to the public the reasons her fellow Latinx residents face high eviction rates...

student with a camera

WSSU grad works with CSEM, Tate Consulting on economic mobility

The Chronicle

For Quinton Benson, it all started that day he saw the boy in the grocery store...


CSEM intern Sierra Chesnutt charges ahead


Corona virus restrictions challenge this intern, but won’t stop her work.

Tate Consulting Developing Leaders

Graduates of entrepreneurial class are future of East Winston

The Chronicle

Graduates of the inaugural class of the East Winston version of the “Playbook for Entrepreneurial Excellence” took their virtual graduation, the new normal now...

Hispanics in Forsyth County may face higher risk of eviction from COVID-19

Winston-Salem Journal

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office recently announced a halt to evictions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States. Delinquent renters can now remain in their homes

CSEM research could open doors for African American women with disabilities

The Chronicle

The pandemic underscores the need for this study.


How COVID-19 may amplify education inequities


CSEM Fellow explores what could be a transformative time

Forsyth Tech, WSSU center join to put students on ‘wheels’ to success

The Chronicle

Schools take on longstanding transportation challenges 

 Mr. Bates

John Railey: Helping offenders rebuild their lives

Winston-Salem Journal

CSEM Fellow brings life experience to innovative research.

 Zach Blizard

CSEM research could spur dialogue on helping low-performing schools

Yes Weekly

Research from CSEM’s Zach Blizard provides some answers on how the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County system can improve its low-performing schools.


John Railey: Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State united on residents' property rights


Educators from Wake Forest University’s Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and CSEM join forces to confront our high rate of evictions and other issues

 Center for the Study of Economic Mobility, Winston-Salem State University

Our work is now all the more important

CSEM Staff Report

CSEM's work researching the causes and effects of generational poverty wont be slowed by the Corona virus pandemic. The effort is too important, and our momentum is growing.

Rigged - let's get real about the American dream

CSEM to be featured as higher ed innovator in the forthcoming documentary Rigged- April 2020.


RIGGED examines how the long prevailing value system in U.S. higher education erodes individual opportunity and undermines U.S. democracy. The Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at WSSU is featured as one of the innovators that will reverse this trend and that will ultimately transform colleges and universities into pathways for student engagement and social mobility. Interviews with staff members, faculty and top administrators at WSSU each provide perspective on how the University creates success for its students.

a happy couple

CSEM’s new partnership could be explosive in a good way


Can you imagine being in college and having a great business idea or an individual who has been working for over 20 years in a job unfulfilled because it did not align with your passion? If you said yes, there is a program designed to help you achieve your goals.

In February, the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) and Tate Consulting began the Playbook for Entrepreneurial Excellence, an eight-week program designed to arm individuals with CEO leadership competencies and skills to give you the confidence to be your boss.

charity griffin-brown

Commentary: Equality, equity: Leveling the playing field for black students

WS Chronicle

Dr. Charity Griffin, a 2018-2019 CSEM fellow, puts a thought-provoking context on the principal reassignments in our local school system


a city bus station

CSEM scholars give a presentation at Wake Forest University on transportation and inequity

Triad City Beat

There is a needed symmetry developing in the local push to reduce poverty, and Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest universities continued that alignment with a panel discussion this week at Wake Forest: “Transportation and Inequity in Winston-Salem."

Professors Russ Smith and Craig Richardson presented the challenges posed by both the geography and the growing concentration of poverty.

 lady at a bus stop

WFDD radio interview: Profs. Smith and Richardson reveal transportation’s role in economic mobility

WFDD radio

Winston-Salem State University geography professor Russell Smith and economics professor Craig Richardson were recently interviewed by WFDD's David Ford. The WSSU professors discussed  transportation and inequity in Forsyth County and its special challenges.

 richardson speaking

CSEM announces 2019-20 Faculty Research Fellows


Three WSSU faculty members have been selected as the 2019-20 Center for the Study of Economic Mobility Faculty Research Fellows.

 a closed road and transit sign

CSEM research referenced in The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Gentrification in the D.C. area phase been found to push people from homes and away from transit.

The Center for the Study of Economic Mobility in Winston-Salem, N.C. found that city bus commuters spent on average 8.6 extra hours per week riding the bus compared with how much time it would take to drive to work, making life even more difficult for those located in "transportation deserts."

 Center for the Study of Economic Mobility. Winston-Salem State University

Inclusion in documentary of WSSU's CSEM underscores its national prominence

The Chronicle

The Center for the Study of Economic Mobility gains national prominence for its innovative platform in solving economic mobility. Its profile in Rigged, a new documentary, will feature WSSU faculty, staff, and students aligned with CSEM's mission.

 a podium

Washington, D.C.-based think tank New America announces partnership with CSEM and others to study property loss in the United States.

New America: Future of Property Rights Press Release

CSEM is working in an advisory capacity with New America based in Washington, DC. The goal is to map home and land loss across the country and conduct on-the-ground research in Arizona, Indiana and North Carolina. CSEM will be playing a special role in Forsyth County along with Wake Forest Law School.

 illustration of a city street

Craig J. Richardson and Russell Smith: ‘Spreading the wealth’ in the East Ward

Winston-Salem Journal

Several years of planning and community conversation led to a plan to help invigorate the East End area, also known as the East End Master Plan. Now, it seems those plans are up for debate. As some city council members are mulling over whether to allow those funds to be spread across the entire East Ward to spread the wealth.

 Craig speaking

Local economist assesses New York Times’ take on Winston-Salem

WFDD radio

A recent article in the New York Times, Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities, has put Winston-Salem in the national spotlight. But based on the reaction it’s received thus far from local residents and an increasingly vocal group of public officials, some are wondering whether the story got it right.

 mother and child getting on a bus

Craig J. Richardson: Innovation in transportation: Can it happen here?

Winston-Salem Journal

Since our founding in September 2017, the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) has generated academic research with the aim of spurring beneficial public debate. Housed at Winston-Salem State University, CSEM has been at the vanguard of empirical research around our local public transportation system, along with a host of other research initiatives.