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April 27, 2020
Kathryn “Katie” Daniels was a teen when she attended the celebration of the opening of UC Merced. As a child growing up in Merced, Daniels had heard her parents stress the importance of education. “My mom always talked about the University of California coming to Merced and how that was going to...
April 17, 2020
Dania Matos has been at UC Merced for less than a year but is making a big impact as the university’s first chief diversity officer. Now two graduate students with small-town roots are helping Matos amplify her message of equity and justice — a message made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic....
March 30, 2020
The UC Merced Sociology Department was well represented at the 2020 Sociology of Education Association Conference held in Pacific Grove, CA February 21st through February 23rd. This year’s theme was “The Limits of American Education’s Promise.” Keynotes speakers at the...
March 12, 2020
Professor Whitney Pirtle was invited to be the keynote speaker at a Black History Month Event held at West Hills Community College, Firebaugh Campus. The title of her talk was “Lift Every Voice and Act.” It was a wonderfully attended event that included song, the keynote, a panel with Q...
December 2, 2019
Quinceañeras are an integral part of the experiences of young women in Latin America and throughout the United States. They signal a celebratory moment in the lives of teenage girls and, in many families, are seen as a necessary rite of passage. “But there is a growing generation of...
November 21, 2019
The American Society of Criminology (ASC) has elected Vice Provost and Graduate Dean and sociology Professor Marjorie Zatz as an ASC Fellow — the society’s highest honor — in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of criminology. The society celebrated Zatz’s achievements during...
October 25, 2019
Professor Charlie Eaton discusses the for-profit and nonprofit approach of energy management in California as fires and power outages spread. As the lights went out across California this month, residents wondered if we will ever fix PG&E – the nation’s largest for-profit...
August 13, 2019
Professor Tanya Golash-Boza has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for her project "Prisoner Re-Entry and Gentrification." With this funding, Professor Golash-Boza will explore how gentrified and diverse neighborhoods help or hinder prisoners' reintegration into...
July 16, 2019
Please join us in congratulating Melissa Quesada, Katie Daniels, Maria Duenas and Veronica Lerma; four outstanding UC Merced Sociology scholars who have been accorded honorable mention status in the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs competition administered by the Fellowships Office of...
July 1, 2019
A social movement’s cause can be as diverse as the people who spur it in the first place —examples abound, from community organizations initiating struggles for neighborhood sidewalks and clean water to national level mobilizations led by labor unions and their allies against the privatization of...

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