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Tovia Smith is an award-winning NPR News National Desk correspondent based in Boston.

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A Newtown Family's Campaign To Change How We Think About Violence

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:01:01 -0500

Avielle Richman was 6 years old when she was killed in her first-grade classroom. Her parents think a possible solution to gun violence is to treat it like a disease.

Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

After losing their child in the Newtown shooting five years ago, two scientists are working to identify the neurological roots of violence and antisocial behavior.

Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Young people say they want more guidance in navigating love and relationships. So new classes at some schools are less about the "plumbing" and more about the passion.

When It Comes To Sexual Harassment Claims, Whose Side Is HR Really On?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Many employees feel that when it comes to sexual harassment claims, human resources departments work "for the company, rather than for the employees."

Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight On Confidentiality Clauses

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:43:00 -0400

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, some states are considering barring nondisclosure agreements in the settlement of claims.

Campuses Cautious As They Adjust To New Sexual Assault Guidelines

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:31:00 -0400

New federal guidelines for handling allegations of sexual assault have left many school administrators either vowing to maintain current policies or scrambling to figure out what to do.

Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:22:00 -0400

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be using some compromise plans devised by outside groups as a model for balancing the rights of alleged victims and accused students.

Betsy DeVos Signals Rollback Of Obama Policies On Campus Sexual Assault

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The education secretary has signaled she wants to make significant changes to how schools handle allegations, to ensure the process is fair to accused students.

For 22 Years, Boston Arena Broke Promise To Hold 3 Fundraisers A Year

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

As part of the deal to build TD Garden, its owner agreed to hold at least three charity events a year to support youth recreation. The teens are demanding that the Garden now pay millions.

Jewish Leaders Say Anti-Semitism Around The Nation Is A Disturbing Trend

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The American Jewish community has been unsettled by the re-emergence of vocal anti-Semitism, largely believed to be a feature of the nation's past.

New Campaign Teaches How To Help When A Muslim Is Harassed

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:45:00 -0400

The city of Boston has started a campaign to encourage bystanders to not just "say something" to authorities but to do something themselves.

After Assault, Some Campuses Focus On Healing Over Punishment

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

College and university administrators are increasingly open to the concept of "restorative justice," becoming less dismissive of the idea that it's too soft on sexual assault.

As White Supremacists Push Onto Campuses, Schools Wrestle With Response

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:32:00 -0400

College students and administrators around the nation are trying to figure out how to best respond to a spike in white supremacist activity on campuses.

Fighting Hate In Schools

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0400

Hate is on the rise in U.S. schools. For students and educators, that means finding new ways to promote tolerance and inclusion.

White House Pressures Municipalities To Crack Down On Immigration Enforcement

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:12:00 -0400

Massachusetts' high court is to hear a case that could determine how much local authorities can help federal efforts. Localities say they can't detain people just because the feds ask them to.