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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.

Ford Foundation Recognizes Travis Bristol

Travis J. Bristol, ISSI affiliated faculty member and Assistant Professor of Education received a 2019 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Professor Bristol gave a talk at ISSI last year on “Moving Beyond Recruitment: Supporting and Retaining Black Male Teachers.”

Labor, Health, Racialization, and Immigration in Comparative Perspective

ISSI hosted four visiting scholars from Norway as part of the project, “Transnational Migration and Inequality: Implications for Health and Health Services.” The project is led by Seth Holmes, Co-Chair of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Heidi E. Fjeld, Associate Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway, and Johan Fredrik Rye, Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and funded by the Peder Sather Center, UCB. In May, ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine hosted a three-day workshop focused on im/migration in the USA and Norway. Scholars discussed comparative hierarchies of deservingness, labor, racialization, unions, access to health institutions, among other concerns being faced by immigrant communities. Pictured above are those who visited Swanton Berry Farm to speak with a United Farm Workers (UFW) union organizer and farmworkers.


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