ISSI Spring/Summer 2015 e-News

In the first issue of ISSI e-News we share highlights of our programs and events from the spring and summer. Meet the new 2015 Graduate Fellows, and hear from Dr. Elena Portacolone, Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCSF's Institute for Health and Aging and an ISSI Visiting Scholar, as she discusses her lateset research, "A Tale of Two Cities: The Exploration of the Trieste Public Psychiatry Model in San Francisco." Please see our newsletter here, and if in the future you would like to receive it right in your inbox, subscribe to our mailing list here.  

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."

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



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, October 13. His book, The End Game: How Inequality Shapes our Later Years, was recently published by Harvard University Press.