Several UC Merced undergraduate sociology majors presented their research at the annual meetings of the California Sociological Association (CSA) on November 6 and 7. The theme for this year's virtual conference (because of COVID-19) was "Transcending Borders: Disrupting Racial, National, and Spatial Boundaries." UCM students Catherine Rivera Hernandez, Esperanza Lemus, and Evelin Espino presented their research from the UROC-H Climate Cluster that focused on environmental and climate justice in California.
Another UROC-H Cluster led by Dr. Prof. Golash-Boza presented original research on gentrification and mass incarceration in Washington D.C. The UCM students in this cluster included Erika Estrada and Michael Aquino. This is the second time in the past few years that the sociology department has sent a large contingent of undergraduate students to the California Sociological Association meetings (see earlier participation here). Sociology graduate students Yajaira Ceciliano, Hyunsu Oh, and Alejandro Zermeño also presented their work at the conference.