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2020 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

Nominations due January 13th, 2020

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 Jan. 13, 2020. Read more here.

Bipartisan Support for Immigrants among California Voters

CRSC faculty affiliate G. Cristina Mora is quoted in an LA Times piece about recent polling that found that a majority of California voters from both parties agree that immigrants make the US "a better place to live."

ATLAS.ti Training [PC Version]

November 16-17, 2019

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 12 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. Sliding scale: $400-700. Hosted by the Center for Ethnographic Research. Learn more and register here.

PG&E Power Shutoff Leaves Residents Wondering, Is the California Dream Over?

ISSI faculty member in residence Stacy Torres recently published an op-ed in The Washington Post titled “The California Dream is Over. What Comes Next?” about last week’s PG&E power shutoff in Northern California and the long term implications that poor management of essential services may have on state residents.

Acclaim for Beth Piatote's New Book of Short Stories

The Beadworkers: Stories by Myers Center affiliated faculty member Beth Piatote was featured by as one of "October's must-reads… Beth Piatote’s marvelous debut short story collection explores crossroads in the lives of unforgettable Indigenous characters." The book also got a great review on Publishers Weekly!

Does being a ‘superwoman’ protect African American women’s health?

Amani M. Allen, an ISSI affiliate and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, recently led a team to explore whether different facets of the “strong black woman” trope ultimately protect women from the negative health impacts of racial discrimination — or create further harm. The study, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, found some protective and some detrimental aspects of the “superwoman schema,” where black women often suppress their emotions and present themselves as strong to prepare for the racial discrimination they face on a daily basis. The study is featured in this Berkeley News article.

The Border Hacker: How a Migrant Hacker Utilized His Computer Skills to Come Back Home

This episode of the podcast Snap Judgment, produced by ISSI graduate student in residence Levi Vonk, features an interview with an undocumented Afro-Latino computer hacker named Axel, who details his experiences trying to make his way back to the U.S from Guatemala through Mexico after being deported and separated from his family. Using only an old computer, Axel maps out a trail through treacherous, unfamiliar terrains that would lead him to catch up to a Central American migrant caravan, meet Levi, and eventually, arrive at the southern Border.

Prize for Undergraduates Working to Improve the Future for Children and Youth

Each year the KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize awards $2,500 to one or more UC Berkeley undergraduates who have developed innovative strategies to increase opportunities for children and youth or who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the future of children and youth. The prize is open to students from all majors, and the application deadline is October 28, 2019. Application and more details are available here.  

Latinx Migrant Farmworker Well-being

Bienestar—the well-being of Latinx farmworkers in a time of change” is a symposium/special issue in the journal Agriculture and Human Values, edited by Lisa Meierotto, Teresa Mares and Seth Holmes, Chair of ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. The editors co-authored the introduction to the special issue. Professor Holmes also has an article in the special issue: “Migrant farmworker injury: temporality, statistical representation, eventfulness.” 

Structural Competency Training for Health Professionals

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine is proud to support the Structural Competency Working Group, which has shared their work in “The Structural Competency Working Group: Lessons from Iterative, Interdisciplinary Development of a Structural Competency Training Module.” The chapter, authored by group members  Joshua Neff, Seth M. Holmes, Shirley Strong, Gregory Chin, Jorge De Avila, Sam Dubal, Laura G. Duncan, Jodi Halpern, Michael Harvey, Kelly Ray Knight, Elaine Lemay, Brett Lewis, Jenifer Matthews, Nick Nelson, Shannon Satterwhite, Ariana Thompson-Lastad, and Lily Walkover is in the new volume Structural Competency in Mental Health and Medicine, edited by Helena Hansen and Jonathan Metzl.


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