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Congratulations Jovan Scott Lewis!

The Center for Ethnographic Research faculty affiliate is a recipient of the 2021 American Association of Geographers Diversity and Inclusion Awards. "Lewis’s efforts in research, teaching, mentorship, and service are bringing Black geographies (and Black geographers) to the forefront of the discipline, changing UC Berkeley Geography’s intellectual culture in emphasizing Black studies and Black geographies."

Supporting Black Male Preservice Teachers

ISSI faculty affiliate Travis Bristol and ISSI Graduate Student in Residence Sarah Manchanda co-authored this new article in the Peabody Journal of Education on the role of an affinity group in supporting Black men in an alternative teacher credentialing program. "Findings from this study pointed to positive effects of participation in the affinity group for Black male preservice teachers. Specifically, affinity group participants communicated their needs openly with one another and facilitators, felt solidarity with one another—which allowed for collaborative problem solving—and cultivated tools for self-advocacy to meet both professional and personal goals."

Congratulations Kristen Nelson

ISSI graduate student in residence Kristen Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, is a recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and is given in honor of the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at UC Berkeley.

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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. 

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In Memoriam - Joseph A. Myers

We mourn the loss of Joseph A. Myers, who passed away on December 29, 2020, due to complications related to his heart. ISSI's Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues is named after Joe Myers to recognize his extensive service to Indian country. Please read more about the life and legacy of Mr. Myers here.

2020-21 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

Nominations due Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

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 Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. Read more here.

Kamala Harris's Rise, Multicultural Roots and Challenges

Two of ISSI's affiliates, Tina Sacks and Larry Rosenthal, are featured in a recent Berkeley News article about the impact of Kamala Harris's biracial and multicultural roots in her journey to the vice presidency. Tina Sacks, Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change, observes, The fact that she is not a direct descendant of American slavery may have made the white establishment feel more comfortable with her and less guilty about our own past.” Larry Rosenthal, Chair of Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, predicts, "The liberal world’s celebration of Kamala Harris’s multiple breakthroughs will be mirrored on the right by a widespread and relentless narrative of her as the point person for stealing away that America that instead was supposed to be on its way to being ‘great again.’”

How Prop 24 Helps Communities of Color

Naniette Coleman, ISSI grad student in residence and PhD Candidate in Sociology, wrote this op-ed in The Sacramento Observer. Coleman argues that Prop 24, the California Privacy Rights Act, will help protect communities of color from online discrimination and racial profiling because it allows consumers to bar businesses from using their Sensitive Personal Information, which includes a consumer's race or ethnicity. Proposition 24 was approved by voters.

Through a Deficit Lens

In her Inside Higher Ed essay, "Through a Deficit Lens," ISSI Grad Student in Residence Sarah Manchanda critques the roles race and gender can play in reinforcing institutional othering of disability.

Latinx Voters and the 2020 Election

ISSI Faculty Affiliate Ian Haney López co-authored this opinion essay in The New York Times. López asserts that presidential candidate Joe Biden can rally the Latinx vote by building a common cause of a better future for all. "There’s a winning message Mr. Biden and his party can deliver that resonates with most Hispanics no matter how they conceptualize the group’s racial identity." Professor Haney López gave a talk on a related topic at ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change last year; it can be found in this YouTube video:


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