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Historic Tulsa & Reparations

ISSI faculty affiliate Jovan Scott Lewis, who is a member of California's state task force on reparations, is featured in this KPIX5 CBS Bay Area television interview about his work on the task force, as well as his research on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Lewis also makes the case for reparations and discusses challenges Black people would face in a post-reparation society.

The Hidden Agenda in GOP Attacks on Critical Race Theory

In this Berkeley News interview, Khiara Bridges, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research and Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, discusses how right-wing media have promoted a distorted version of critical race theory in order to undermine increasing awareness of systemic racism. The right attacks critical race theory to draw attention away from the detrimental impacts of systemic racism, "but part of the point of these attacks is to neutralize and delegtimize powerful critiques of American life."

New Statewide Leadership Role for Jovan Lewis

CER faculty affiliate member Jovan Lewis was one of five people appointed to Governor Newsom's Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The task force is dedicated to "inform Californians about slavery and explore ways the state might provide reparations."

Congratulations to Laurie Graham

CER Visiting Scholar Laurie Graham is co-winner of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s Award for Public Outreach and Community Service. Graham was recognized for her activist work and cultural outreach in service of Indigenous sovereignty.

CER Calls for an End to Anti-Asian Violence

CER condemns the recent and on-going violence against Asian Americans and grieves with the families of those lost to or injured by these hate crimes as well as all those who are suffering from racist violence and discrimination. We redouble our commitment to stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as we work collectively for a more just future. We support this statement from our friends and colleagues in the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program at UC Berkeley. For those who want to learn more about the historic roots as well as contemporary expressions of anti-Asian racism, we encourage you to read this Berkeley News interview with Lok Siu, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, who also emphasizes the often-overlooked interracial solidarity that we need to build upon now.

Big Give Success - Thank you for your support!

Big Give was a big success for ISSI, the parent institute of CER! We raised just over $34,000 from 41 donors, unlocking a $20,000 matching grant from the Miles Ahead Fund. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to get the word out. Of course, we welcome donations anytime! You can direct your support to CER or any of the ISSI centers or programs (choose In Honor Of and then use the first and last name fields to make any notes).

The Management of Unequal Patient Status in Fertility Medicine

Meghna Mukherjee, CER affiliated graduate student in residence, published a new article exploring the micro-dynamics of medicalization and unequal patient statuses across donors and intended parents in assisted fertility practices. To do so, Mukherjee develops an “epistemic-orientation (EO) continuum” to examine the emergence and differing consequences of unequal patient status.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods - July 6 - August 13, 2021

Offered online this year, this CER 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. Learn more and apply here.

New Article on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Luis Tenorio, PhD Candidate in Sociology and an affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research, published a new article in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal. Based on ethnographic research, "Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the Integration of Central American Unaccompanied Minors" focuses on how "special immigrant juvenile status affects the initial integration of unaccompanied minors into the key social institutions of the home, school, and work."

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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