LAURI GOLDKIND, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Yeshiva University; MSW – SUNY Stony Brook, BA – Rollins College
Dr. Goldkind has a longstanding interest and practice background in nonprofit leadership, capacity building and organizational development. Her practice experience has been centered in the youth development, education and juvenile justice realms. Prior to joining the faculty at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service, she served as the Director of New School Development and the Director of Evaluation at The Urban Assembly (UA), a network of new specialized public schools located in the Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. At UA she supported principals through the new school process, helping them earn start-up grants valued at over $500,000 per school; additionally, she provided technical assistance to principals and school-based staff on data-driven decision making, development and maintenance of data management structures and the effective use of data to improve student achievement. Previously she was the Director of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services' (CASES) School Connection Center, a public school admissions office for youth exiting the justice system. She was instrumental in developing the Center's operational infrastructure, including creating and maintaining all data systems and documenting the Center's progress.
She also helped craft policy and develop data management applications at Community Prep High School, a new school for young people transitioning back to their communities from the juvenile justice system. Before that she held program planning and fund raising positions at agencies serving young people in New York City, including the Posse Foundation, where she was the first director of development. Dr. Goldkind holds an M.S.W. from SUNY Stony Brook with a concentration in planning, administration, and research and a PhD from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. She has published in periodicals such as the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice and presented her work at the American Society of Criminology's annual research conference.
- Leadership and Macro Practice I & II (formerly Administration I & II)
- Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
CURRENT INTERESTS AND RESEARCH
Dr. Goldkind has a deep commitment to social justice and a keen interest in work that focuses on creating equity and equal opportunities for urban youth from under-resourced communities. As a social worker who has focused on macro practice, she is also interested in organizational development and evaluating organizational effectiveness across all areas (including use of technology, defining notions of accountability and leadership development).
Dr. Goldkind’s current research work centers on the intersection of the juvenile justice and public education system’s impact on urban youth. Additionally, she is presently investigating the relationship between teacher expectations, parent’s satisfaction with their children’s schools and discipline and school safety issues. Her dissertation explored the link between involvement in the juvenile justice system and academic success for young people who reside in New York City.