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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...

Is the COVID-19 Shutdown Legal?

“I think there is no doubt that mask requirements, social distancing requirements, and the closure of businesses is going to be enforceable at this time,” said City Attorney Greg Stepanicich, in a podcast episode produced by the UCR School of Public Policy. In light of protests surrounding the legality of the shutdown in recent months...
By Maddie Bunting |

Local Black Leader to Discuss the Black Press

On Friday, August 28th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar by Paulette Brown-Hinds on the role the Black Press has played in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Brown-Hinds is the founder of Voice Media Ventures and...
By Maddie Bunting |

Free Film Screening on Struggle for Clean Air

On Thursday, August 20th, the American Lung Association and the UCR School of Public Policy will be screening the film “Unbreathable: The Fight For Healthy Air.” The short film looks back on the Clean Air Act and its effects and progress in combating air pollution in the U.S. The screening will be followed by a...
By Maddie Bunting |

Invest in Future Criminal Justice Leaders

The Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies has started a crowdfunding page devoted to supporting UC Riverside students interested in careers in the criminal justice system. Donations made on the crowdfunding site go towards the Senator Robert Presley Scholarship Fund, which provides justice-impacted students with scholarships, paid internships, research fellowships, as well as...
By Maddie Bunting |

COVID-19 Exacerbates Racial Disparities in America

“Two pandemics that health researchers are talking about are COVID-19, a global pandemic, and racism as the second pandemic, and how they are interwoven together,” said UCR associate professor of psychology Aerika Loyd, in a podcast episode with the UCR School of Public Policy. A recent New York Times article stated that based on data...
By Maddie Bunting |

Local Black Leader to Discuss Race, Poverty, Economics

On Wednesday, August 5th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on race, poverty, and economics by Kim Carter, founder of the San Bernardino-based Time for Change Foundation. A formerly incarcerated woman, Carter has focused on helping women and children make the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency since 2002. Carter...
By Maddie Bunting |

Riverside Councilmember Addresses COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

On Wednesday, June 3rd, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting Councilmember Ronaldo Fierro for a virtual seminar regarding COVID-19 relief efforts in the City of Riverside. The event will be held online through Zoom on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ronaldo Fierro was elected to the Riverside City...
By Maya Prasad |

SPP Students Debate: Lowering the Cost of Living in the Inland Empire

On Thursday, May 28th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be holding its first-ever Public Policy Debate. The topic of the debate will be: Lowering the Cost of Living in the Inland Empire. The event will be held online through Zoom on Thursday, May 28th, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The debate will...
By Maya Prasad |

Assemblymember Jose Medina to Address COVID-19 Crisis

On Wednesday, May 20th, the School of Public Policy will be hosting Assemblymember Jose Medina for a virtual seminar regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The event will be held online through Zoom on Wednesday, May 20th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Assemblymember Jose Medina was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 61st Assembly District...
By Maya Prasad |