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Congratulations Tolani Britton

Tolani Britton, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, was recognized with an Early Career Award in Educational Policy and Politics from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Britton's work focuses on transitions from secondary school to higher education and access and retention in higher education.

College or Bust... or Both

A new article by Tolani Britton, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, analyzes the impact of the Great Recession on college enrollment rates for Black and Latinx students. The article, published in the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, shows that the probability of college enrollment increased after the onset of the Great Recession for Black students and that there is some weak evidence that enrollment might have increased for Latinx students as well.

Black Insurgent Aesthetics and the Public Imaginary

A new article in Urban Geography by Brandi Summers, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, analyzes the increased production of graffiti art and murals in the wake of global movements protesting against state violence and systemic racism as a space of collective engagement.

How to Diversify California's Educator Workforce

In this commentary in EdSource, Travis Bristol, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, addresses the question: "Why should we care about teachers of color in our California classrooms?" Bristol sheds light on isolated cases of county offices of education and local school districts working extensively to remedy this. However, due to this isolation, these counties and districts are often reinventing solutions and missing out on opportunities to share resources and learning. Bristol offers a set of recommendations on how to better support educators of color.

Work Pray Code

A new book by Carolyn Chen, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, is available now. Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley reveals how work is steadily becoming the instution that shapes our souls by replacing religion's role in satisfying workers' needs for belonging, identity, purpose, and transcendance.

What Can We Do About the Latino Undercount in the 2020 Census?

This Los Angeles Times article, co-authored by G. Cristina Mora, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, discusses the history and continuing injustice of the undercount rate of Latinos in the census. Mora details how the Trump administration halted revisions being made to improve census response rates for all groups, the consequences of this decision, and what now can be done to remedy this mistake.

Big Give Success - Thank you for your support!

Thank you to everyone who supported ISSI, the parent institute of CRSC, during Big Give last week! We received over $3,500 from 25 donors. Special thanks to our second-year Graduate Fellows who helped with outreach.

While Big Give is over, your donations to support social change scholarship are welcome anytime! You can donate here and designate your gift for any of the ISSI centers or programs using the "in honor of" field.

Why Reparations?

Nikki Jones, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, was part of this KQED event examining the academic, political, and journalistic landscape associated with discussions of reparations for Black people in California. The video of the event is now available here.

The Good and Bad of a Reputation

Jason Okonufua, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, is co-author of an article in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology examining the role a student's reputation plays in the discipline context. The study found that reputations did impact what punishments and consequences a White student would receive, but a reputation was somewhat inconsequential for a Black student.

Indigenous Mobilities in Diaspora

Patricia Baquedano-López, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, and Nate Gong, Asian American Research Center Graduate Fellow, are co-authors of "Indigenous Mobilities in Diaspora: Literacies of Spatial Tense," a chapter in the edited volume Literacies in the Age of Mobility: Literacy Practices of Adult and Adolescent Migrants. The two discuss how a group of Indigenous Maya parents and a group of Pacific Islander students create and engage literacies, specifically literacies of spatial tense.

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