Dr. Deprez’s commitment is to social justice, equality and equity. With a focus on social policy, her work unearths the politics of policy-making as well as the impact of ideology and public opinion on policy exposing the resultant social, economic, and personal consequences. Scholarship concentrated on welfare policy focuses on both its restrictive nature and its corresponding impact and effect on recipients, most particularly single-mothers pursuing post- secondary education. The power of higher education in sustaining privilege and its resultant impact on thwarting access to low-income parents emerges in these investigations. After a 40- year career in academia, Dr. Deprez lends her knowledge and expertise to work with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and state legislatures while continuing to be an active contributor to state and national policy discussions and debates that focus on vulnerable populations.
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Discusses how the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center invited local, regional, and international experts on universal basic income (UBI) to participate in a new feature: Maine Policy Perspectives.
Documents the status of poverty among Maine women and verifies the risks to which they are exposed as a result of a recent law restricting their access to abortion. At issue is an ACLU case which challenges the requirement that abortions be performed only by a physician, not advanced practice registered nurses who would be able to perform abortions if it wasn’t for this law. In a rural state like Maine with limited physician access, low-income and poor women face considerable consequences to their health and economic well-being as well as to that of their families by the restrictive nature of this law.