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Over $21K for Graduate Fellows Program

May 14, 2019

During the month of April, ISSI's Graduate Fellows Program raised over $21,000 in a crowdfunding campaign. The donors included many alums as well as other supporters who wanted to contribute to student stipends for our social change scholars who do first-rate, relevant and impactful research on the most important issues in the U.S. today: immigration, education, gentrification, health, and more. Still want to donate? You can do that here.

America’s Dirty War on Immigrant Children

April 9, 2019

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Professor Emerita and affiliated faculty member of ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, has co-authored an essay with Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco in the Los Angeles Review of Books. In the essay, they argue that “Our history is riddled with hidden tortures and violent separations of families... Today’s torture is the separation of children from parents.”

Please give today to support the social change scholars of tomorrow

March 1, 2019

ISSI’s Graduate Fellows Program is one of the UCB crowdfunding projects for the month of April. We’re very excited to bring recognition to the program and much-needed funding for stipends for our Fellows engaged in research on social inequality and social change in the United States. Please give today and share the site widely; with your support, the ’19-20 Fellows can complete their dissertations, share their knowledge with the world, and contribute to making change.

Congratulations to the KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize honorees

March 1, 2019

Gabriel Santamaria, UCB senior, double major in Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology, and co-founder of San Francisco Youth Coalition, was awarded the 2019 KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize for his work to address issues such as violence prevention, leadership development, cultural affirmation and civic engagement, while increasing access to higher education. His fellow undergraduates Alejandra Herrera and Nolan Pokpongkiat received second and third place, respectively, for their work to increase opportunities for children and youth. The prizes will be presented at a ceremony later this spring. More information about the honorees is available here.

Prioritizing Pedestrian Safety

February 21, 2019

Stacy Torres, ISSI-affiliated faculty and UCSF Assistant Professor of Sociology, argues for the necessity of prioritizing pedestrian safety and calls attention to walkability as a crucial component of aging in place for elders and people of all ages in her latest San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.

Graduate Fellows around a table

Call for Applications: 2019-20 Graduate Fellows Program

February 21, 2019

ISSI is currently seeking applications for the 2019-20 Graduate Fellows Program. UC Berkeley doctoral students who have completed at least three years of graduate studies are eligible to apply. We are looking for students who are interested in substantive issues related to contemporary processes of social change in U.S. cities and/or those whose research promotes the well-being of Native communities. Applications due April 1. Read more about the program and download an application here.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods – July 8 - August 16, 2019

February 15, 2019

ISSI’s Center for Ethnographic Research  workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Students will receive six weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues and for UCB Sociology students. Learn more and apply here.

Why Middle-class Black Women Dread the Doctor’s Office

February 4, 2019

Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare and Chair of ISSI’s Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC), researches racial discrimination across class and how it shapes experiences of health care as well as health outcomes. Her new  book, Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford University Press) is featured in this Berkeley News article. Professor Sacks will be discussing her work at a CRSC event on April 2.

Scenes from the Migrant Caravan in Tijuana

December 6, 2018

ISSI affiliates Seth M. Holmes, Fabian Fernandez, and Levi Vonk recently traveled to Tijuana, Mexico. During their time with the caravan, they volunteered at a street clinic, donated a vanload of supplies, and supported a legal aid organization correcting misinformation. They documented their time there in this photo essay.

New Book on Youth, Jobs, and the Future

November 28, 2018

ISSI is happy to announce the release of Youth, Jobs, and the Future: Problems and Prospects (Oxford University Press). This edited volume emerged from a conference organized by ISSI, which featured an interdisciplinary mix of scholars who examine persistent issues of youth unemployment and worsening social-economic precarity in the U.S. The book explores causes of youth unemployment, along with privilege and disadvantage in the youth labor market, and locates solutions to youth unemployment in economic and political changes as well as shifts in cultural attitudes.


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