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New Leadership Role for Travis Bristol

Travis Bristol, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Bristol brings 17 years of experience in classroom teaching and education leadership - as well as a multitude of recognitions and awards for his work in education and research - and will be the first African American to serve as Board chair.

Why is Anti-Trans Violence on the Rise in America?

Violence against the transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming communities has continued to rise despite a broadening understanding of the experiences of these communities, with the year 2021 on track to being the deadliest in America. Berkeley News sits down with Eric Stanley, faculty afffiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, to discuss the impact that racist and colonial institutions have had on transgender communities and to suggest how the public can support trans liberation through structural and institutional change. In the interview, Professor Stanley discusses their new book, Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable.

Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the US Want the Shot

An interview with Kurt Organista, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, is featured in this New York Times article about the barriers to access Latinos are facing despite findings suggesting that they are the demographic group most willing to receive the COVID vaccination. Organista explains, "The report shows that many Latinos have a high motivation to get vaccinated... They want to protect their families... [but,] they work a lot... so they don't want to jeopardize their jobs by taking time off to get vaccinated."

Four Ways to Get More Black and Latino Teachers in K-12 Public Schools

In this article, Travis Bristol, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, discusses how having Black and Latino Teachers in public schools help create positive social and emotional experiences for their students. Bristol suggests focusing on the retention of teachers of color, improving the leadership and work conditions in the school, funding schools more equitably, and redesigning teacher trainings.

Congratulations Tolani Britton

Tolani Britton, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship for her project "Postsecondary Educational Trajectories of Formerly Incarcerated Persons." Her research study will provide insight into the struggle that former incarcerated persons face when pursuing post-secondary education and/or a degree.

Congratulations Patricia Baquedano-López

Patricia Baquedano-López, faculty affiliate of SSI's Center for Research on Social Change, was rewarded the 2021 Charles A. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship. The Center for Applied Linguisitcs recognized Baquedano-López for her work examining the intersection of language, race, and education as it relates to Indigenous Latinx schools, critical research methods, discourse analysis, and parent engagement in schools.

When Empathy is Chosen, Jail Returns Decline

ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Jason Okonofua is featured in Berkeley News. Okonofua discusses the methods and implications of his study, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that found that empathy-trained supervision officers could better deter their clients from returning back to jail.

Harlem Mural depicting collaboration between Yuri Kochiyama and Malcom X

CRSC Calls for an End to Anti-Asian Violence

CRSC condemns the recent and on-going violence against Asian Americans and grieves with the families of those lost to or injured by these hate crimes as well as all those who are suffering from racist violence and discrimination. We redouble our commitment to stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as we work collectively for a more just future. We support this statement from our friends and colleagues in the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program at UC Berkeley. For those who want to learn more about the historic roots as well as contemporary expressions of anti-Asian racism, we encourage you to read this Berkeley News interview with Lok Siu, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, who also emphasizes the often-overlooked interracial solidarity that we need to build upon now.

Making Schools More Equitable

ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Travis J. Bristol was quoted in a KQED story, "Strategies for Retaining Teachers of Color and Making Schools More Equitable." 79% of teachers in the public school systems from 2017-2018 were white; Bristol explains how teacher preparation programs can help rectfiy this disparity by giving teachers of color the support they need given current curricula that favor white middle-class experiences.

Big Give Success - Thank you for your support!

Big Give was a big success for ISSI, the parent institute of CRSC! We raised just over $34,000 from 41 donors, unlocking a $20,000 matching grant from the Miles Ahead Fund. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to get the word out. Of course, we welcome donations anytime! You can direct your support to CRSC or any of the ISSI centers or programs (choose In Honor Of and then use the first and last name fields to make any notes).

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