CLPR Releases New Policy Brief on Latino Men in Higher Education

ISSI's Center for Latino Policy Research has released a new policy brief on "Fostering Academic Success among Latino Men in Higher Education." Read the full report here

Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Since 2014, there has been a large increase in the numbers of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America entering the U.S. across the U.S. Mexico border. While these children have been at the center of a media firestorm, little is known about their health, mental health, and educational needs, and how U.S. communities are responding to those needs. This research project was a collaboration of three ISSI centers: Center for Research on Social Change, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, and Center for Latino Policy Research. The project investigated the national, state, and Bay Area contexts to identify how many children are in detention, how many children have been released to family members and other sponsors, and the general patterns of their needs, as well as Bay Area community responses. The results are available in a Fact Sheet, as a downloadable pdf in both English and Spanish, as well as a web version in both English and Spanish.

Can Philanthropy Reduce Inequality?

In this blog post, Erica Kohl-Arenas, former Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow and current Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management at the New School, reflects on the Ford Foundation's commitment to use its resources to reduce inequality. Her new book, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty, will be published by UC Press in December.


Why "Sending in the Moms" Is Not the Answer

After African American mother Toya Graham was filmed dragging her son away from a Black Lives Matter protest, many applauded her actions. In this blog post, Dawn Dow, former Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow and current Assistant Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University, argues against "the charge to 'Send in the Moms' to tame the legitimate anger of their children about the continuous disgraceful and discriminatory treatment they confront from institutions and individuals within the broader American society."

Are Uber Drivers Employees?

After the California Labor Commission found one Uber driver to be an employee under California law, KQED Forum featured Veena Dubal, former Center for Research on Social Change Graduate Fellow and current Associate Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law. 

Kelly Ray Knight's addicted.pregnant.poor is Published

addicted.pregnant.poor by Kelly Ray Knight, ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine Faculty Affiliate, has been published (Duke University Press, 2015). An ethnography based on four years of fieldwork in San Francisco's Mission district, Knight documents the lives of addicted, pregnant, and poor women living in daily-rent hotels, including their battles against drug cravings, housing debt, and potential violence. Learn more here



Elena Portacolone's Research on the Trieste Public Psychiatry Model is Published

Elena Portacolone, Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCSF's Institute for Health and Aging and ISSI Visiting Scholar has published A Tale of Two Cities: The Exploration of the Trieste Public Psychiatry Model in San Francisco. A community mental health system that replaces the mental institution, the Trieste model promotes the social inclusion and full citizenship of users of mental health services. This paper illustrates a recent attempt to determine whether the Trieste model could be translated to San Francisco. Access the article here.

Sharon Kaufman's Ordinary Medicine is Published

Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line by Sharon Kaufman, ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine Faculty Affiliate, has been published (Duke University Press, 2015). Kaufman investigates the “more is better” approach to medicine: a nearly invisible chain of social, economic, and bureaucratic forces that has made once-extraordinary treatments seem ordinary, necessary, and desirable. Learn more here



Corey Abramson's Unequal Until the End

In this op-ed in the Atlantic, Corey Abramson draws on his ethnographic research with seniors of varying racial and class backgrounds to show how inequality persists into later life. Abramson, ISSI affiliated faculty member and assistant professor of sociology at University of Arizona, will be talking about his research at an ISSI seminar on Tuesday, September 22. His book, The End Game: How Inequality Shapes our Later Years, was recently published by Harvard University Press.



2015 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change is pleased to announce the Winner and Honorable Mention of the 2015 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. Sepehr Vakil was awarded the Prize. He is a scholar and activist committed to educational equity issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. Sepehr is currently a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. In collaboration with an Oakland-based teacher, he co-founded and was the previous director of Oakland Science and Mathematics Outreach (OSMO), a STEM-focused after school program based out of the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland. Sandra Brownwas awarded Honorable Mention. She is Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program at the University of San Francisco. For the past 20 years, Sandra has been advocating for farmworker rights and food justice in California and South America.

Read more about Sepehr and Sandy here and the Prize here.

Read about the 2015 Thomas I. Yamashita Prize ceremony in The Berkeleyan here.