Doctoral student publishes chapter in American Bar Association book

Jackson State University College of Public Service doctoral student Ed Sivak recently authored a paper on the evolution of workforce development in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.

Headshot - Ed SivakThe paper was published as chapter in the book, “Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster,” by the American Bar Association.   Work for the chapter was conducted in the Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research class under the direction of Dr. Gina Scutelnicu.

Sivak, a student in JSU’s Department of Public Policy and Administration, is the director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC) and the Senior Vice President for Policy and Evaluation at the Hope Enterprise Corporation. As director, Sivak manages the strategic direction, sustainability, research, training and advocacy agenda for the center.  MEPC uses its analysis to ensure that the needs of low and moderate-income Mississippians, in particular, are considered in the development and implementation of public policy with the ultimate goal of improving access to economic opportunity.

Click here to read the American Bar Association’s official press release on the book.

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  1. Rhea Williams-Bishop says:

    Great accomplishment! I know you are proud. Keep up the good hard necessary work. Congrats!

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  3. Almesha L. Campbell says:

    Congratulations Ed. This is a testament to your hard work and the great Public Policy and Administration program we have here at JSU. Well done!

  4. Shikira Gray says:

    Congratulations Ed…keep up the good fight for the underserved!

  5. Anthony Osijo says:

    Congratulations Ed. We are proud of you.

  6. Sam Mozee says:

    Congratulations Ed on your latest scholarly achievement!!! Your work is sure to help many individuals and organizations improve the quality of life for those most in need. Congrats again!

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