Winston Salem State University

Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM)

In September 2017, the Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) awarded Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) a five-year grant to launch the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM). The new center will study the barriers to economic mobility in East Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Why? Children from low-income families in Forsyth County are less likely to move up the income ladder as adults compared to kids almost anywhere else in the United States.

CSEM will serve as a hub for faculty research, undergraduate student scholarships, and community outreach as they explore this issue. “It is crucial to understand just what is holding broad-based development and upward mobility back and how that might be changed at the local level,” said WSSU Economics Professor Craig Richardson, CSEM’s Founding Director. “The goal is to better understand how to remove barriers to economic and social development across the board.”



CSEM Faculty