Shifting Trends in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Policy

Recently ISSI Visiting Scholar Barry Krisberg has been in the news to share his expertise on criminal and juvenile justice. On the KQED radio program California Report, he expressed his support for Governor Brown's ballot measure that would lead to shorter sentences for many prisoners and fewer juveniles being tried as adults. In "Youth Punishment Coming Back from the Brink" in the Worcester Telegram, he is quoted explaining the misguided claims that led to hyperincarceration, a trend that is now diminishing.

Call for Nominations: FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

The Thomas I. Yamashita Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding young social change activist in California. The award of $2,500 honors a person whose work transforms the existing social landscape and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. Prize winners are selected through a nomination process, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works.

Learn more and download a nomination form here.

Nominations are due by Tuesday, March 1 at 5:00 pm.

ATLAS.ti Training

April 2-3, 2016

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it functions as a tool for CAQDA. By the end of the course, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to employ ATLAS.ti in their current or future projects involving qualitative data.

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. Hosted by ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research. Learn more here and register here. Register by February 15 to save $50.

Robin Marsh, ISSI Senior Researcher, Discusses the African Alumni Project in The Berkeleyan

The African Alumni Project is a two-year study that aims to chronicle the life and career trajectories of sub-Saharan African scholars who have earned degrees at six universities in the U.S., Canada and Central America. Robin Marsh, ISSI Senior Researcher, is UC Berkeley’s lead researcher for the project and has made two trips to Africa to meet with Berkeley alums. Read more about her work and the project here.

ISSI Conference on Youth, Jobs and the Future: Responses to Youth Unemployment - Video now available

Youth joblessness, and the future prospects of young people, is a major public issue that has received little attention in the United States. Youth, Jobs and the Future: Responses to Youth Unemployment convened at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City on October 22 and 23 to share new analyses with a solutions-oriented approach. Discussion began Thursday evening with a keynote by Robert Kuttner of Brandeis University and The American Prospect, and continued all day Friday with a diverse group of speakers, providing an overview of the youth unemployment problem, policy recommendations and solutions going forward. The conference, which was sponsored by ISSI, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and Hunter College's Sociology Department, is now available for viewing here.

Nahuatl Culture and Language Course on Noticias Univisión 14

In September, UC Berkeley student group Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl and the community based groups Panquetzaliztli and Nahui-Ehecatl, in collaboration with ISSI's Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, invited students and community members to participate in the Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Cultures and Languages. This 6-week program consists of intensive Nahuatl language classes and cultural exchanges taught by instructors Catalina Cruz de la Cruz and Ofelia Cruz Morales and organized by Juan Francisco Esteva Martínez, Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at UC Berkeley. We are happy to share that the Program was recently featured on Noticias Univisión 14. Please find the video here.

CRSC Welcomes Chris Zepeda-Millán as New Faculty Chair

ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change welcomes Chris Zepeda-Millán, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, who has agreed to serve as CRSC’s new faculty chair. Professor Zepeda-Millán's work on social movements, and particularly immigrant rights activism, fits squarely within the mission of CRSC and also brings expertise in the area of changing demographics of the US. We give our heartfelt thanks to our outgoing chair, David Montejano, Professor of Ethnic Studies and History, who is retiring in December. Fortunately, he will still be in residence at ISSI and continue to be part of our community.

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, was published by UC Press in December. Professor Kohl-Arenas will present her research at a CRSC colloquium on March 29 at 4pm.