Dordt University Student Awarded Hatfield Prize from the Center for Public Justice

Katie Bogle awarded Hatfield Prize to research affordable child care

Katie Bogle

Katie Bogle (‘21) is one of three college students from across the nation who has been awarded the Hatfield Prize from the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), a Christian civic education and public policy research organization based in Washington D.C. The Hatfield Prize, part of CPJ’s Shared Justice initiative, awards funding to three student-faculty pairs from Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) institutions to conduct research on social policies that impact the wellbeing of children, families, and communities. 

Katie Bogle, a junior and double major in Spanish and social work with a minor in sociology, will research barriers to affordable child care for Hispanic families in Sioux Center, Iowa. The research will explore the unique cultural, economic, and geographic factors that contribute to families’ child care decisions and recommend how diverse child care settings can honor these preferences. Based upon findings, the report will make recommendations for government programs as well as faith-based and other child care providers. Bogle will be advised by Professor of Social Work at Dordt University Dr. Abby Foreman.  

“The lack of quality and affordable child care is a growing concern within the United States today,” says Bogle. “I hope that through this research, the various actors involved in this issue would recognize their part in solving this problem, and ultimately that it will contribute to all children and families across the United States having access to quality, safe child care opportunities."

“One of the key things we can do in Christian higher education is to help students understand the powerful role they can play in exploring, educating and articulating a way forward in regard to the problems facing our world," says Foreman. "I’m excited for Katie to be able to conduct this important research.” 

“America’s child care crisis has been at the center of national discourse and continues to grow more urgent. Child care is something that millions of families need, but that not all are able to access or afford,”  says Program Director and Editor of Shared Justice Katie Thompson. “Katie’s research will illuminate this on a local level, highlighting the experience of Hispanic families in Sioux Center, and her policy report will make a substantial contribution to scholarship on this timely issue.”

Hatfield Prize recipients will spend January to June conducting research and writing, and the reports will be available in September 2020.

The Hatfield Prize is made possible through the generous support of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. To learn more about the Hatfield Prize, visit http://www.sharedjustice.org/hatfieldprize2020.

The Hatfield Prize awards funding annually to three student-faculty pairs from Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) institutions to conduct research on policies that impact vulnerable children, families, and communities. The Hatfield Prize is made possible through the generous support of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Shared Justice is the Center for Public Justice’s initiative for college students and young adults exploring the intersection of faith, politics, and public justice. Shared Justice provides Christian young adults with access to mentorship, a learning community, and a platform for practicing citizenship.

The Center for Public Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education. Working outside the familiar categories of right and left, conservative and liberal, we seek to help citizens and public officeholders respond to God's call to do justice.

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. To learn more, visit dordt.edu.