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August 5, 2020
For months, as the coronavirus has found its way into more communities across the nation, experts have sounded the alarm: The pandemic will not hurt everyone equally. In California, that’s meant predominantly Latino communities far away from the coasts — where lower-wage, often...
August 3, 2020
We are excited to announce that graduate student Maria D. Duenas won first place for Alpha Kappa Delta's 2020 Graduate Student Paper Competition for her second year paper titled, "Three Discursive Messages: Racial and Ethnic Socialization in Middle-Class Latinx Families". This paper...
July 29, 2020
Earlier this week, the New York Times published an analysis of national data that found that Black and Latinx Americans are three times as likely to catch COVID-19 compared to whites. To discuss the implications of those findings, and what it means for the battle against the virus here in...
July 21, 2020
California counties with high numbers of low-wage workers are seeing higher incidence of COVID-19, suggesting a link between so-called “worker distress” and spread of the virus, according to a new study by UC Merced’s Community and Labor Center. While efforts to contain COVID-19 have centered on...
July 16, 2020
Hundreds of news organizations over the past month have changed their style to Black in reference to the race of people, including The Associated Press, long considered an influential arbiter of journalism style. Far more than a typographical change, the move is part of a generations-old struggle...
July 8, 2020
UC Merced graduate students Anabel Castillo, Veronica Lerma and Sammy Villa are recipients of the University of California’s inaugural President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship (PPPF). The UC Office of the President launched the PPPF as part of its UC-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity...
July 6, 2020
Professor Laura Hamilton weighs in with the San Francisco Chronicle on the challenges of returning to in-person teaching, including age of professors, students' willingness to wear masks and the precarious balance of protecting oneself and avoiding conflict. Read the article here.
June 22, 2020
Sociology Professor Charlie Eaton has written an opinion piece for The Hechinger Report, a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education In the face of the coronavirus, some courageous university leaders have stepped up to protect their students, their employees, and their...
June 22, 2020
Recent reports show us that COVID-19 is just the latest health disparity disproportionately impacting Black communities. At present, racial minorities in the United States are about two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19. Unequal mortality rates are also evident: Black...
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...

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