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April 19, 2021
For generations, people of color have had to pass for survival. Now white people are wearing the experiences of racialized people like a costume-- and getting called out for it.  "Passing... was about survival. And in doing so, there were so many risks involved. You couldn't talk...
April 15, 2021
Dr. Whitney Pirtle (Sociology) and Tashelle Wright (Public Health) are researchers at the UC Merced. Their most recent work takes an intersectional approach to exploring and analyzing preventable health disparities among Black women and women of color. Pirtle and Wright address the implications of...
April 13, 2021
Alicia Garza, civil rights activist and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, will be honored as the 13th recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance during a virtual award ceremony on April 20. Garza was raised...
April 7, 2021
For the first time in 20 years, researchers from across the country, UC Merced officials, local and state leaders and community members will take part in a conference stemming from an active study to address issues relating to the health and safety of agricultural workers in California. The UC...
March 30, 2021
Name: Michael David Aquino Year: Fourth Major: Sociology Hometown: Los Angeles What is a memorable project that you worked on during your time at UC Merced? A memorable project that I worked on during my time at UC Merced has to be the first research project I assisted with during my sophomore year...
March 26, 2021
CBS interviews Professor Eaton on student loan forgiveness. From the CBS story:    Democratic lawmakers including Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Ayanna Pressley, among others, have called on President Biden to forgive $50,000 in federal student...
March 22, 2021
The Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce twenty-one awards made in the second round of their Pipeline Grants Competition. This includes, Stephanie Canizales, who will study...
March 18, 2021
So far in March, the United States has taken more than 3,500 unaccompanied minor migrants into custody. With an additional 10,000 expected by May, the Biden administration will find it challenging to uphold the president’s promise to implement a more “fair and humane...
March 11, 2021
Name: Erika Estrada Rodriguez Year: Third Year Major: Sociology Hometown: Panorama City What is a memorable project that you worked on during your time at UC Merced? During my time at UC Merced, I have been able to be part of the Undergraduate Research in the Humanities (UROC-H) program cohort of...
March 8, 2021
Black and Latinx students are entering college at a far higher rate than ever before, but higher education in America remains racially divided and unequal. And California may well stand at the epicenter of that transformation. A majority of racially marginalized students (especially those from...

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