Tina Sacks, Chair of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, published a new opinion article on CNN. Many Black Americans have expressed reluctance to take the vaccine, and Sacks explains how the appalling, yet lasting, legacy of the Tuskegee syphilis study plays a role in this hesitance.
Tianna Paschel, a faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, is co-PrincipaI Investigator of this new grant awarded to UC Berkeley's Department of African American Studies by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This $2.8 million grant will fund the "The Black Studies Collaboratory, a project aiming to amplify the interdisciplinary, political, and world-building work of Black Studies."
After seven months of organizing, we have achieved a major victory! Issuing this statement, the university reversed their decision to close ISSI. Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign to Save ISSI. There are still unanswered questions about the building, funding, and so on, and we count on your continued support going forward! Keep up with the future of our campaign, now focusing on keeping space, fundraising, and ensuring longeivity of the social justice community at UC Berkeley on the Social Justice Futures website.