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Racial Justice, Education Policy, and Philanthropy Seminar

The UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a seminar by Dr. Robert Simmons III, Head of Social Impact for Micron Technology, on November 30th. The event, titled “They Taught Me More Than I Taught Them: What My Middle School Students Taught Me About Justice, Education Policy, and Philanthropy,” will last from 3:30 to...
By Divya Bharadwaj |
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Persist Women's Political Engagement Conference

The sixth annual Persist Women’s Conference was held on Thursday, October 13th, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture. The event was hosted in partnership with the UC Riverside Women’s Resource Center, School of Public Policy, and Office of Governmental and Community Relations. Events ranged from workshops...
By Divya Bharadwaj |
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Policy school hires experts in criminal justice and GIS

The UCR School of Public Policy (SPP) welcomed two new faculty members over the summer: Robynn Cox, Ph.D. and Tony Grubesic, Ph.D.. Cox joins the School from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her work focuses on the intersection of the criminal legal system and inequality. Grubesic also joins the School from The...
By John Batres |

NSF Awards $1M to Multi-Disciplinary Team to Plan Pandemic Prevention Hub

"...Leading the grant with Aronoff-Spencer are co-principal investigators Richard Carpiano, professor of public policy at UC Riverside; Mark S. Handcock, professor of statistics at UCLA; Mohsen Malekinejad, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF; and QI affiliate Anita Raj, professor of infectious diseases and global public health and of education studies at UC San...
By Mika Ono |

California’s Secretary of State Talks with Public Policy Students About the Importance of Public Service

Policy Chats ends the Spring 2022 quarter on a high note as Kevin Karami and Dean’s Brand Ambassador alumnae Maddie Bunting discuss public service with the Honorable Shirley Weber, California’s Secretary of State. Dr. Weber has a lifelong history of public service that shaped the leader we know today. “Find your passion. What do you...
By Kathryn Wren |

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 |