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When Empathy is Chosen, Jail Returns Declines

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.

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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).

When Black People are Wary of Vaccination, It's Important to Listen

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.

African American Studies Awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

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."

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ISSI Will NOT Close This Summer

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.

Congratulations to Nikki Jones

Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Nikki Jones has won the 2020 Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology, recognizing her book as making the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology in 2020. The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption analyzes ethnographic interviews with inner-city police officers and recordings of police encounters collected by and alongside law enforcement to investigate the reasons that violence persists in inner cities. "It’s an honor to receive the award and to be recognized by a community of my peers for my scholarly contribution to the discipline,” said Jones, "The award also comes in a year when I was recognized by the Graduate Assembly and the African American Student Development Office for my mentorship and support of graduate and undergraduate students. Each award recognizes an important part of who I am as a scholar, researcher and advocate.”

New Berkeley Law Center Emphasizes Workers' Rights

Two Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliates, Catherine Albiston and Catherine Fisk, have joined with Lauren Edelman to start the Center for Law and Work at Berkeley Law, as described in this Berkeley News article. The institute will study organizations and work with an emphasis on the issues that workers face, rather than the issues of organizations. The creation of the CLAW came at a critical juncture, when workers continue to suffer at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Curricular Contradictions

Center for Research on Social Change faculty affiliate Travis J. Bristol co-authored a research article examining the supports and constraints teachers encountered during school-based professional development aligned with becoming a National Board Certified Teacher at one school serving predominantly Latinx students. In this article in the Harvard Education Review, the authors found that district and school-based factors constrained the teachers' capacity to earn National Board Certification.


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