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FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

Nominations due Wednesday, January 19th

ISSI is now accepting nominations for the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. The award of $2,500 honors an outstanding social change activist/scholar in California whose work transforms the existing social landscape and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. The Prize uses a nomination system, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works. Nominations are due by 5pm on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. Read more here.

AARC Research Grant Awardees 2021

ISSI's Asian American Research Center has awarded grants for UCB faculty and student research projects in the fields of Social Welfare, Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Education, Jurisprudence & Social Policy, Psychology, Performance Studies, and English. The varied topics include the impact of anti-Asian hate on educators, the digitial activism of BTS ARMY, the influence of COVID-19 on Southeast Asian Americans, 1800's shrimp processors in CA, zombies, and more!

Ballots Building Power - Understanding Power-Building Ecosystems

Nicole Hirsch, ISSI Visiting Scholar, is co-author of a new report, "Understanding Power-Building Ecosystems: Case Studies in Civic Engagement and Power-Building through Ballot Initiatives." This study analyzes three ballot initiatives and their potential to better support civic engagement and build power for underserved, oppressed communities.

Untimely Futures

In this new article, Brandi T. Summers, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, examines Oakland's unhousing crisis and racial disproportionalities in the homeless population: African Americans comprise 70% of the homeless population in Oakland, despite making up only 20% of the overall population. Summers addresses the failures of short-term solutions that have been proposed and discusses the history of West Oakland that continued the trend of dispossession Black people see now.

Income Generation and Empowerment for Rural Women in Uganda

"Income generation and empowerment pathways for rural women of Jagusi Parish, Uganda: A double-sided sword" is a new article published in Social Sciences & Humanities Open, co-authored by Robin Marsh, ISSI Senior Researcher. In their study, Marsh and Haley found that engagement in income-generating activities advanced Jagusi women's empowerment in line with what they value most.

The University of California Land Grab: A Legacy of Profit from Indigenous Land—A Report of Key Learnings and Recommendations

ISSI's Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues & Native American Student Development at UC Berkeley are pleased to announce the release of a new report, The University of California Land Grab: A Legacy of Profit from Indigenous Land—A Report of Key Learnings and Recommendations. This document is a follow up to the Fall 2020 two-part forum of the same name. The intent of the report is to motivate the University of California to take action regarding accountability to California Indians stemming from the University’s founding as a land-grant institution through Morrill Act land sales and from the ongoing benefits that UC receives from both returns on the original endowment and continued occupation of California Indian territories via current UC land holdings.

Download the PDF of the complete report here (73pp)

Download the PDF of the executive summary and recommendations here (10pp)

Claiming Membership: What It Means to be American

Irene Bloemraad, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, published a new article in Ethnic and Racial Studies investigating what it means for Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mexican-origin parents to be American. Bloemraad examines how being an American citizen can't be constrained by dictionary definitions and is, instead, affirmed through behaviors of both citizens and noncitizens.

Physician Advocate Adeola Oni-Orisan

Physicians for Reproductive Health profiled Adeola Oni-Orisan, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. Continously inspired by her marginalized patients, Oni-Orisan is a physician advocate working to combat anti-Black racism in reproductive health care.

ATLAS.ti Training [Mac Version, Online]

January 10, 12, 14 - Virtual Workshop

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti for Mac. 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 12 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. Sliding scale: $400-700. Register by Dec 10 to save $50. Hosted by the Center for Ethnographic Research. Learn more and register here.  

Where Have All the Anthros Gone?

In this essay in American Anthropologist, Peter Nelson, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Native American Issues and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, explains how anthropology has tried to claim the intellectual territory of his Coast Miwok family and tribe by shaping the images and stories that are told of Indigenous peoples. However, through slow and steady work, California Indians are recrafting their stories and futures. "We are reframing scholarship 'on' to scholarship 'with, for, and by' California Indian people."


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