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The Past Will be Present When Roe Falls

Khiara Bridges, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, was featured in this Berkeley Voices podcast episode. Bridges discussed the history of reproductive rights in the U.S., what is at stake when Roe v. Wade is overturned, and why our fight for reproductive justice needs to be expanded.

AARC-PACH Undergraduate Awards

The Asian American Research Center is partnering with the Pipeline for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Community Health (PACH) Program to offer two awards of $500 to current UCB undergrads or recent alums. The funding is made possible by a California Endowment Grant. There is a Research Essay Award as well as a Creative Project award. More information about the criteria is available here.

Submissions are due Monday, April 25, 2022.

Big Give Success - Thank you for your support!

Thank you to everyone who supported ISSI during Big Give last week! We received over $3,500 from 25 donors. Special thanks to our second-year Graduate Fellows who helped with outreach.

While Big Give is over, your donations to support social change scholarship are welcome anytime! You can donate here and designate your gift for any of the ISSI centers or programs using the "in honor of" field. 

"I Don't Have Much Money, but I Have a Lot of Friends"

In this new article in Social Problems, ISSI graduate student Melanie Z. Plasencia focuses on the role of peer friendship networks in the lives of low-income, foreign-born Latinx older adults. Plasencia asserts, "Understanding the role these networks play in the lives of our most vulnerable has implications for our understanding of aging, poverty, and policy."

How Embracing Your Lived Experiences Can Change the World

Two ISSI faculty affiliates, Amani Allen and Cristina Mora, are the recipients of the 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity, an honor reocgnizing faculty members' outstanding contributions in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice through their research and service. For Allen and Mora, their lived experiences have shaped their research highlighting racial disparities and how they serve their communities.

Tough Job, Light Touch: Ari Neulight

ISSI is proud to provide office space for Ari Neulight, campus homeless outreach coordinator. In this Berkeley News article, Neulight sheds light on his efforts to connect people with housing and services and shares his personal insights about trust as he spends each fast-paced day working to improve the lives of our unhoused neighbors in and around People's Park.

Graduate Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications

The Graduate Fellows Program is seeking applications from UC Berkeley doctoral students who have completed at least three years of graduate studies at Berkeley and are working on contemporary issues related to processes of social change in U.S. cities. To read more about this program and to complete the online application, click here.

Applications are due by 5PM on Monday, March 28th.

Congratulations Luis Tenorio

Luis Tenorio, student affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research, received the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship from the Institute of Governmental Studies for his project, Making the Transition: Comparative Analysis of Formerly Undocumented, Now Legal Permanent Resident Latinos. The Synar Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics. Video of the ceremony is available here.

When the Streetlights Come On: How “Smart Cities” are Becoming a Surveillance State

Brie McLemore, ISSI Graduate Fellow, has a new working paper published by Citrix. McLemore studied the inequitable distributions of benefits and risks of smart cities in the United States, and she provides policy recommendations that would foster meaningful community engagement and put people first before tech.

Can Democracy Survive Racism as a Strategy?

In this essay, Ian Haney López, member of ISSI's Faculty Leadership Council, argues that the survival of democracy in the United States currently hinges on the Democratic Party winning enough elections to remain in control of the federal government. Responding to the GOP's usage of strategic racism is a main point of contention among the Democratic Party and is hampering their ability to present a unified front. Do they confront the right directly, or do they ignore and leave the Repblicans' electoral strategy unchallenged?

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