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Congratulations to Nikki Jones and G. Cristina Mora

Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliates Nikki Jones, Professor of African American Studies, and G. Cristina Mora, Associate Professor of Sociology, received the 2020 Faculty Mentor Awards for their outstanding commitment to guiding and supporting their advisees.

Congratulations to Travis J. Bristol

Center for Research on Social Change faculty member Travis J. Bristol received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Bristol aims to use this fellowship to study the impact of school district practices on the learning of novice male teachers of color and to offer solutions to prepare veteran teachers to help novice male teachers of color.

Congratulations to Kurt Organista

Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Kurt Organista is one of two instructors to receive the 2020 American Cultures Excellence in Teaching Award for his courses that analyze the "parallel historical development of race and ethnic relations and the profession of social welfare." He was commended for allowing students to engage and grasp the complex course content through reflections and discussions.

Canada's Inclusive Politics

Research by Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Irene Bloemraad was featured in the Policy Options article, "Do Canada's Most Powerful Federal Posts Reflect the Country's Diversity?" The article analyzes the level of inclusion of minority groups in Canada's political institutions and says, "Political sociologist Irene Bloemraad in her research has noted that those unable to vote can still support minority candidates in other ways."

Eric Stanley on Transgender Activism's History in Berkeley

Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Eric Stanley was quoted extensively in the Daily Cal article, "Transgender activism has long history in Berkeley, continued presence through resources for trans people." Stanley states, "Disability justice, anti-policing, and Black trans liberation politics are all coming together demanding justice," and describes their work for transgender advocacy through their newest research project.

Khatharya Um Receives Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity

Khatharya Um, Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, received the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity. The award is presented to UC Berkeley faculty members who have an extraordinary record of accomplishment in advancing equity, inclusion and diversity through their scholarship, research, teaching, and public or university service. Professor Um’s research has highlighted how war, genocide, and refugee experiences have affected communities in the United States, and she has worked to advance educational equity and opportunity in both local and international communities. Professor Um will utilize this award to continue her research with a focus on post-refugee-generation experiences among Southeast Asian communities in the U.S. and on new refugee communities in the Bay Area.

Survey on COVID-19 Impact on Refugees and Refugee-Serving Organizations - please help spread the word

The Critical Refugee Studies Collective, including Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Khatarya Um, is conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees, their families and communities, refugee-serving organizations and support groups. Please disseminate information about the survey through your networks - deadline is July 1.

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Black Lives Matter

CRSC stands in solidarity with those protesting anti-Black violence and working to promote racial justice in policing, health care, and all spheres of society. There are many relevant resources on our website; we encourage you to watch this video of our 2019 event, "Cultural Capital, Systemic Exclusion and Bias in the Lives of Black Middle-Class Women: A Conversation," featuring Dawn Dow and Tina Sacks with moderator Amani Allen.

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What Would it Mean to Defund the Police?

Center for Research on Social Change affiliated faculty Nikki Jones was a recent guest on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny, talking about what it means to “defund police.” One idea is to divert money from police departments into social services that can prevent crime and address its causes. Proponents say cities need to radically overhaul their systems of policing after years of failed reform efforts.


Most California voters say coronavirus is increasing inequality

Center for Research on Social Change affiliated faculty Tianna Paschel was quoted in the LA Times commenting on a new UC Berkeley poll finding that most Californians believe that Covid-19 is increasing inequality. "More surprising, she said, is that Latinos were the least likely to believe that blacks were disproportionately affected, with only 18% strongly agreeing, and 27% somewhat agreeing."


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