University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Civil Rights in the Age of Social Media

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New Civil Rights


* Karthick Ramakrishnan, UCR School of Public Policy (moderator) 
* Dexter Thomas (UCR '06), reporter for Los Angeles Times
* Sharis Delgadillo, Latino Rebels
* Tanzila Ahmed, podcaster for Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
* Jason Fong, Asian American activist 
* Rafika (Fefe) Alami, student (UCR Class of 2019)


Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences. He is currently writing two books on immigration policy, and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP), an official section journal of the American Political Science Association. For more details, visit

Dexter ThomasDexter Thomas

Dexter Thomas is from San Bernardino, CA, and is a writer at the Los Angeles Times, as well as is a PhD Candidate in East Asian Studies at Cornell University. He has taught media studies and Japanese, and is writing a book about Japanese hip-hop. He began working in new media as a Director of Programming at KUCR 88.3 FM, independently producing podcasts as well as music and news programs. He has written for several outlets internationally on topics as diverse as social justice, Internet and youth culture, and rock music.

Sharis DelgadilloSharis Delgadillo

Sharis has more than ten years of experience in media and broadcast journalism connecting with today’s emerging audiences. She is currently the co-host of Latino Rebels Radio, the weekly podcast, covering national and international news with a Latino focus. She's previously contributed to KCET, KPFK 90.7FM, Fusion, On Being, The Jerusalem Post, and Cape Town TV in South Africa. She also has experience successfully leading numerous media campaigns reaching outlets including the Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times and all major Spanish language outlets. In 2011, she received her M.A., in Broadcast Journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Tanzila AhmedTanzila Ahmed

Tanzila (Taz) Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. She can be heard monthly on the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast and can be read monthly in her Radical Love column. An avid writer, she was a long-time writer for Sepia Mutiny and is published in the anthology Love, Inshallah. Her personal projects include writing about Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Beats for Bangladesh, making #MuslimVDay Cards and curating images for Mutinous Mind State. Taz also organizes with Bay Area Solidarity Summer and South Asians for Justice – Los Angeles. You can find her rant at @tazzystar and at

Jason FongJason Fong

Jason Fong is sixteen years old and a junior at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California.  He writes a progressive political issues blog at and tweets at @jasonfongwrites; He is interested in issues regarding police accountability, access to/in higher education, undocumented immigration, and voter engagement. He is also an intern for AAPIs for Hillary.  At school, Jason is a third year varsity wrestler and part of the journalism program. In his spare time, he likes to hang out at the beach with his friends and lift weights. 

Rafika AlamiRafika Alami

Rafika Alami (or “Fefe”) identifies as a Muslim Syrian American. She graduated from Summit High School in Fontana and is currently a first-year political science and film double major at UCR. She is passionate about writing, having published a book of her original poetry at age 14. She is interested in becoming an international lawyer and/or working with InterPol. There is a possibility of film writing and directing in her future, but for now she is focusing on academics.

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