Community & Economic Development
Public Policy, Criminal Justice & Other Initiatives
Community & Economic Development
One of the major planned initiatives of the Anderson Center is our Community Organization, Resource, and Education (CORE) Project in which we plan to partner with rural communities, nonprofit organizations, and local government, to implement community projects and provide services that include research, strategic planning, education and training in the four areas: (1) access to quality health care; (2) rural community and economic development; (3) educational advancement; and (4) financial and nonfinancial resource acquisition and allocation.
The Center, through a partnership with Mississippi College School of Law, has founded the Reuben V. Anderson Education Law and Policy Clinic. Since 2019, the clinic has worked with law students at MC Law and focused on providing pro bono representation to low-income youth in school disciplinary hearings, expulsion and suspension hearings, youth court hearings, as well as special education matters throughout the state of Mississippi. The clinic also plans to engage in impact litigation and legislative and grassroots policy advocacy related to broader issues of educational inequity.
Public Policy, Criminal Justice, & Other Initiatives
The Center also plans to establish a partnership with Tougaloo College to establish the Reuben V. Anderson Institute for Law, Public Policy, and Leadership Development. The Reuben V. Anderson Public Policy Institute at Tougaloo will focus on four areas: (1) Educational Equity; (2) Economic Justice; (3) Public Health Inequity; (4) Criminal Justice; and (5) Leadership Development. The Institute will work with Tougaloo students in the Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Program to implement the following policy initiatives:
• Working on a project called Born 2 Lead that would be a pilot project targeted toward formerly incarcerated, disengaged youth and adults to provide transition services, career and job training and placement, academic enrichment and community service
• Working with Delta Health Partners (DHP) of Owens Health & Wellness Center at Tougaloo to implement an Infant Mortality Initiative to partner the nurses and social workers of DHP to train nursing and social work students at the local colleges and universities to expand the number of nurse/social worker visits to indigent teenage mothers in order to address infant mortality issues as well as expanding community outreach; pilot project will be in Bolivar County
• Developing a pilot project with the Mississippi Department of Human Services to use the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant to provide a State Earned Income Tax Credit for working families as well as develop worker-owned cooperatives and pilot state job-guarantee for long-term unemployed citizens of Mississippi
• Developing a pilot project called I-Serve to provide academic enrichment and after-school tutoring to black, middle school students who are members of the Arts Infusion Brotherhood (AIB) and Arts Infusion Sister (AIS) sponsored by Greater Jackson Arts Council; the project will look at the viability of universal after schools and we will also address broader issues of education reform in Mississippi