CJTC — The Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community University of California, Santa Cruz
CJTC — The Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community

Former CJTC Staff


Miranda Smith Schirmer

Research Specialist

Miranda Smith Schirmer was a Research Specialist at the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community. She graduated from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in May 2006 with a Masters Degree in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management with a specialization in Public Policy Analysis. Miranda’s Capstone project at NYU involved conducting focus groups and interviews and performing literature reviews and policy analysis in order to examine the fathering goals and challenges of low income, previously incarcerated men with substance abuse issues in New York City. The Capstone report helped Palladia, a NYC nonprofit organization, obtain funding to expand its fatherhood related programming.

In 2003 she received a BA with Honors in Community Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her UCSC thesis examined racial issues within the U.S. anti-war movement following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In addition to doing volunteer work at several local nonprofit organizations she served as a Steering Committee Member at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz from 2003-2004.

Miranda began working at the CJTC in the summer of 2005 and remained involved while living in NYC, working on projects such as the document “In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster and Race After Katrina” and the Conversations on Regional Equity project.

Miranda loved working at the CJTC, where she participated in research on the digital divide, educational equity, families' pathways out of homelessness , environmental justice, and health disparities.