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Public Policy Professor Discusses Civic Engagement in the 2020 Election

Following the 2020 election, a new podcast episode of Policy Chats features a discussion with Kevin Esterling, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) about utilizing technology to bridge the communication gap between constituents and representatives as well as rifts in the Democratic Party. Esterling is a...
By Maya Prasad and Samantha Monterroso |

Columbia Sociologist to Unveil California Poverty Rates

On Thursday, December 10th, the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy, will be hosting an exclusive discussion with Zach Parolin of Columbia University about the California’s poverty rates during COVID-19, including poverty rates had the CARES Act not been passed. Parolin has developed a...
By Maddie Bunting |

Local Black Leader to Discuss Fair Housing

On Thursday, December 3rd, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on the history of fair housing laws, by Rose Mayes, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County and vice president of the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California. Mayes has worked in fair housing, civil...
By Maddie Bunting |

Giving Tuesday Fundraiser for Policy Students Affected by COVID-19

As part of the Giving Tuesday global movement on December 1st, the UCR School of Public Policy is raising funds in support of students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The school established an emergency fund this summer to provide financial support to public policy students facing housing, health, and food challenges brought about by the...
By Maddie Bunting |

UCR Policy Professor Analyzes 2020 Election

After an historic election that saw the highest voting rate in a hundred years, the latest podcast episode of Policy Chats features a discussion with Francisco Pedraza, an assistant professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside. Pedraza said that this election will go in the history books as one...
By Samantha Monterosso and Maya Prasad |

UC Experts Discuss COVID-19 Impacts

On Thursday, November 19th, the UCR School of Public Policy will host a panel discussion focused on COVID-19 with experts from UCR and UC Merced. This panel will examine areas in which the pandemic and the response to it are having a significant impact, and offer some policy recommendations for moving forward. Panelists include: Richard...
By Maddie Bunting |

2020 Election: The Minority Vote

A podcast episode of Policy Chats featured three guest speakers from the University of California, Riverside, talking about the importance of the minority vote in the 2020 election. Guest Sarah Hayes (former chair of the California Young Black Democrats) discussed the importance of Black voices and needs. She said, “What we have seen is a...
By Samantha Monterroso and Maya Prasad |

Public Policy School Experts Discuss 2020 Election

On Friday, November 13th, the UCR School of Public Policy will host a panel discussion about the 2020 election results with experts from the UCR School of Public Policy. Topics will include inequality, public health and COVID-19, racial equity, community development, and immigration, among others. Panelists include: David Brady (Professor of Public Policy and Director...
By Maddie Bunting |

Voting Options in the Upcoming Election

“I would advise not to wait until November 3rd to actually put [your ballot] in the mail,” San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Bob Page said in the latest episode of “Policy Chats,” a podcast produced by the UCR School of Public Policy. According to his profile, Page "is responsible for all aspects of the...
By Samantha Monterroso and Maya Prasad |

Health and Socioeconomic Impacts of Environmental Racism

The season 2 opener of the “Policy Chats” podcast series, a production of the UCR School of Public Policy, features a discussion on environmental racism with Cesunica Ivey, UCR assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering. According to Ivey, the environmental justice movement was developed in the 1970s and 1980s in the United States. Environmental...
By Maddie Bunting |

Sergio Rey Receives National Science Foundation Award

Professor of Public Policy Sergio Rey has been awarded a new multi-institution NSF grant, along with Professor Amr Magdy from UCR Computer Science and Engineering, to explore new educational developments for geography curriculum incorporating geospatial technology. The project is a collaboration with the American Association of Geographers, San Diego State University, San Diego Mesa College...
By Maddie Bunting |

UCR Hosts Riverside Mayoral Candidate and Ballot Propositions Forum

On Wednesday, October 21st, UC Riverside Science to Policy, the Associated Students of UCR, UCR Government Relations, and the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a forum with City of Riverside mayoral candidates Andy Melendrez and Patricia Lock Dawson, as well as advocates for California’s ballot propositions 15, 16, 21, and 25. UC...
By Maddie Bunting |

Open House for Public Policy Master’s Degree Program Oct. 13-16

The UCR School of Public Policy will host various sessions for prospective applicants for its Master of Public Policy (MPP) program on Tuesday, October 13th through Friday, October 16th as part of UCR’s Graduate Open House. The virtual sessions throughout the week offer interested candidates an opportunity to meet the Dean, academic advisor, faculty, and...
By Maddie Bunting |

Palm Desert Councilmember on Policy After COVID-19

On Thursday, October 22nd, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar by Councilmember Jan Harnik on policy innovation following disasters. The discussion will center around an article from The Atlantic. Elected to the Palm Desert City Council in 2010, Harnik has served twice as Mayor. She serves on the Coachella...
By Maddie Bunting |

Policy Students Discuss the Asylum System & Starting A Nonprofit

On Friday, October 30th, the UCR School of Public Policy will host a talk by sophomore public policy major Nava Majlesi on “Understanding the Asylum System” and senior public policy major Maya Prasad on “A Guide to Starting Your Own Nonprofit.” The double-feature event is a part of the School’s Student Spotlight Series. “Understanding the...
By Maddie Bunting |

County of Riverside Partners with UCR Policy School

The UCR School of Public Policy and the County of Riverside are partnering on a report for county officials on issues raised by community members at three listening sessions in September and October. The community sessions will cover a variety of challenges facing the region such as systemic racism, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the financial...
By Maddie Bunting |

College Students Trapped in Apartment Leases During COVID-19

“The city of Riverside has a program for rent relief... to bring you current on your rent,” Fair Housing Council of Riverside County program manager Nathan Cieszynski stated in a podcast episode produced by the UCR School of Public Policy. Financial hardships and remote learning caused by the pandemic have left many college students trapped...
By Maddie Bunting |

Board of Supervisors to hold listening sessions for community on county funding priorities

Sept. 22, 2020 Media Contact: Brooke Federico Public Information Officer bcfederico@rivco.org Board of Supervisors to hold listening sessions for community on county funding priorities The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will hold a series of three listening sessions for the community on county services and budget priorities, including public safety, behavioral health and social services...

Are Schools Prepared to Reopen?

“How do we have some practices and procedures in place that are going to hold [school] districts harmless [as well as] hold students harmless,” Val Verde Superintendent Mike McCormick posed in a podcast episode produced by the UCR School of Public Policy. During the interview McCormick, who has more than 20 years of experience in...
By Maddie Bunting |

Student Talks About College Renters' Rights

On Thursday, September 17th, the UCR School of Public Policy will host a talk by sophomore public policy major Sana Jaffery on the financial hardships felt by students as they find themselves unable to break their leases amid the COVID-19 crisis. Sana Jaffery recently found herself facing a housing issue, only to find out hundreds...
By Maddie Bunting |