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June 18, 2021
"The coronavirus spreads very quickly within households, and so close ties among extended households have emerged as detrimental factors for Hispanic Americans. A Health Affairs study also found that Hispanic Californians were eight times as likely as white residents to live in a 'high...
June 18, 2021
"In the United States, Women owe the majority of the outstanding $1.7 trillion dollars in student loans. As of 2020, women held almost $929 billion in outstanding student debt.  And according to a new report from The American Association of University Women, Black women carry about 20...
June 14, 2021
A recent brief by the Roosevelt Institute analyzed how $50,000 of student debt forgiveness would impact household wealth and argues that wealth paints a more complete picture of borrowers' financial status and more accurately accounts for racial disparities. "We were...
June 10, 2021
Maria's second year paper titled "Discursive Interactions: Racial Ideologies, Discourses, and Socialization in Latinx Families," won Honorable Mention in the Society for the Study of Social Problems Racial and Ethnic Minorites Division's Student Paper Competition. Please join...
June 10, 2021
Charlie Eaton, Laura Hamilton, and co-authors Adam Goldstein and Fred Wherry show that student debt cancellation is progressive and central to building the Black middle class. Read about it in the Roosevelt Institute brief. 
June 7, 2021
"The University of California system offers an ideal case to study intra-system resource distribution. In most states, regional universities make the largest contributions to equity and diversity for state residents, while flagship research universities are mostly exempt from this...
May 21, 2021
From the Bloomberg article:  Apollo Global Management Inc. is known for its no-holds-barred deal making. But not long ago, the private equity firm pitched itself to pension funds and other wealthy institutions as an emerging force in "impact" investing, the movement to make money...
May 18, 2021
For the Sociology Department's Law & Society class podcast project (based on this template), student teams researched an issue relevant to contemporary law and society in the United States. They developed collective expertise in a specific topic within one area of legal governance:...
May 6, 2021
California is getting a closer look at exactly how workers in high-risk industries across the state have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time, UC Merced's Community and Labor Center (CLC) has analyzed the increase in the number of pandemic-era deaths of working-age people...
April 27, 2021
Name: Keanu Velasquez Major: Sociology Major and Psychology Minor Year: Graduating May 2021, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Commencement Student Speaker Hometown: San Francisco What clubs or organizations were you part of at UC Merced? I was a member of the Pilipino-American...

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