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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
While this year's ceremony looked quite different from years past due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presentation of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance remained an important celebration. Alicia Garza, author, civil rights activist and co-founder of...
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...
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...
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...

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