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Riverside Councilmember to Hold Virtual Seminar

The UCR School of Public Policy will host a webinar by City of Riverside Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes on Thursday, December 2nd. Cervantes was elected into her City Council seat in June 2021, taking over the Ward 2 seat by retiring Councilmember Andy Melendrez. The event will be led by UCR public policy students and will...
By Mark Manalang |

California State Controller Betty Yee: A Career in Public Service

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, California State Controller Betty Yee discusses her career in public service. Yee was first elected into office as State Controller in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. In this role, she serves as the State of California’s chief fiscal officer. Prior to that, she served on the California Board...
By Vivek Kakar |

Criminology Expert Discusses Disadvantages of Life After Prison

On Thursday, November 4th, the Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies, a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy, held an online seminar by University of California, Irvine criminology, law, and society associate professor Naomi Sugie on “Concentrated Disadvantage and Stress in Daily Life After Release from Prison.” Based on GPS...
By Kevin Karami |

Economist Discusses Developing Housing Issues

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Economics professor Bree Lang discusses the growth of the housing crisis and its root causes. “So the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, they define affordability as someone who is spending 30 percent or less of their income on housing. And if you look in California in...
By Bryan Ho |

UCR Blum Initiative Hosts Day-Long Summit on Poverty

On Friday, October 29th, the UC Riverside Blum Initiative held a day-long practitioner-focused event on the causes and consequences of poverty in the Inland Empire. The event included a keynote address by California Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes and a regional poverty report with updated poverty measures and risk factors for poverty specific to...
By Kevin Karami |

Retired D.C. CFO Talks About Immigrant Experience

On Tuesday, October 12th, the UCR School of Public Policy held a seminar featuring Natwar Gandhi, the retired Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the District of Columbia. During the seminar, titled “Still the Promised Land--How an Immigrant Helped Save the Nation’s Capital from Financial Ruin” Gandhi spoke about his experiences as an immigrant and his...
By Kevin Karami |

UCR Holds Virtual Graduate School Open House

From Tuesday, October 12th to Friday, October 15th, UCR will be holding a virtual graduate school open house. The School of Public policy will be showcasing the Master of Public Policy program. “I remember attending years back and solidifying my choice to apply for the MPP program,” said Yoli Aguilar Candelario, a second year MPP...
By Kevin Karami |

Researcher Discusses Policy’s Role in Science and Technology

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Senior Advisor of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Dr. Jun Bando discusses the importance of incorporating science and technology into public policy. “As with all major change, taking full advantage of these tools is going to require vision, strong leadership, and institutional cultures that really...
By Kevin Karami |

UCR Honors Policy Leaders

On Thursday, September 30th at 5:30 p.m. PDT, the UCR School of Public Policy will hold a virtual awards ceremony honoring two figures who have contributed to policy innovation in the Inland Southern California region and beyond. The event also serves as a fundraiser for UCR public policy students. Randall Lewis, the Executive Vice President...
By Kevin Karami |

Policy Expert Discusses Impacts of Digital Discourse

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, President and co-founder of Legis Lorna Seitz discusses the evolution and impacts of digitalized discourse. “You might have [legislators] come up with [a] policy, and then if you look at the law, it says something totally different; there's a radical disconnect,” said Seitz, an expert in legislative analysis...
By Kevin Karami |

UCR Policy Expert Discusses Inequalities Faced by Latina-Owned Businesses

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, UCR School of Public Policy Professor Qingfang Wang discusses her latest research on the unique and challenging issues that Latina Business Owners face amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “A large number of Latina-Owned Businesses are in the low wage, low skill, and easy to enter industries which haven't adopted...
By Kevin Karami |

Expert Discusses Immigration Status and ‘Belonging’

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Benyamin Chao of the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) discusses the challenges of implementing effective immigration policies in the current social climate. “If hundreds of thousands or millions of people in California get access to a pathway to citizenship, that also would allow them to qualify for federal...
By Kevin Karami |

Connecting Classrooms to Congress

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By Holly Ober |

Panel to Discuss Inland Region Housing Challenges

On Thursday, July 29th at 3:00 pm (PDT), the Inland Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD), a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy, will hold a panel discussion on housing trends and present its first annual report. The panel is scheduled to include: Dr. Stephanie Houston, Assistant Superintendent at the San Bernardino County...
By Kevin Karami |

UCR Policy Experts Discuss Vaccine Inequity

Despite COVID-19 vaccines being widely available in the United States, lower and middle income countries in comparison face issues of access to shots. On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Anil Deolalikar and Bruce Link discuss the inequities of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. “You have a situation where I believe a third to a half of...
By Kevin Karami |

How to reduce home water use in an age of drought and climate change

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By Sarah Fowler |

Disability Rights During the COVID Pandemic

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Catherine Blakemore discusses the challenges the disabled population faces and disability rights during the COVID-19 crisis. Blakemore was the former Executive Director of Disability Rights California. According to her profile, she “counts among her strengths her ability to come up with creative solutions that work for both sides...
By Kevin Karami |

Assessing emergency healthcare accessibility in the Salton Sea region of Imperial County, California

Undergraduate public policy student Preeti Juturu's academic research, "Assessing emergency healthcare accessibility in the Salton Sea region of Imperial County, California," was published in Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE. Congratulations, Preeti! Read Preeti's research article
By Preeti Juturu |