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Expert Showcases Similarities & Differences between the COVID-19 and HIV Health Crises

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Government Relations and Public Policy Advisor Greg Rodriguez talks with a student from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the similarities and differences between the HIV and COVID-19 public health crises. “I think it is human nature when we're faced with fear or crisis, we're looking...
By Johanna Arias |

Experts Discusses Careers in Science Policy

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Dr. Ryan Bixenmann from the California Council of Science and Technology discusses the nuances of career exploration in science policy and the challenges within the realm of scientific policymaking. “When you're sitting there with the power to make decisions, it's really difficult when you have a bunch of...
By Kevin Karami |

Experts Discuss Details of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

O n the latest episode of Policy Chats, UCR Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities Dr. Kiril Tomoff and UCR Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Dr. Paul D’Anieri discuss the history, current events, and deeper meaning behind the Russia-Ukraine Conflict. “Putin and the other Russian nationalist elites around him fear the emergence of...
By Kevin Karami |

Researchers and Advocates Discuss Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System

On Thursday, March 10th, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. (PST), the Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies, a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy, will host a symposium involving experts on mental health and the criminal justice system. The panel will include: Dr. Jennifer Eno Louden (Associate Professor of Psychology, the University...
By Kevin Karami |

Former and Current Congressional Staffers Talk Opportunities on Capitol Hill

On Friday, February 25th, from 12:00-1:00 pm, the UCR School of Public Policy will be holding a special live episode of Policy Chats, the official podcast of the school. Current Senate Staffer Jeremy Ortiz and former Staffer Ivelisse Porroa will discuss their experiences on Capitol Hill and how students can take advantage of internships and...
By Kevin Karami |

Expert Expresses the Importance of Shaping Policy through Science

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Dr. Julianne McCall, Co-Director of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine, breaks down the importance of evidence-based policymaking. Dr. Julianne McCall discusses health policy and their work within their role with public policy student, Kevin Karami. “We need to do better with connecting scientists to our communities,”...
By Johanna Arias |

Economist Discusses Global Supply Chains

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, UC Riverside Economics Professor Joab Corey discusses economic policy with public policy students. One of the biggest policy implications of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the supply chain delays and their impacts on the evolving economies of the world. “This COVID-19 pandemic has actually led to an increase...
By Vivek Kakar |

Beyond Brilliant Update

Launched on Oct. 4, a new fundraising initiative will strengthen the university’s commitment to supporting students — especially those from low-income families — in all aspects of their educational experience. The Beyond Brilliant initiative seeks to raise $50 million campuswide over the next five years for scholarships and graduate fellowships, experiential learning opportunities, and health...

UCR alumna and grad student awarded $40,700 grant to fund campus composting

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By Erin Staley |

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 |