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COVID Vaccine Passports & Hesitancy

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Richard Carpiano, a UC Riverside professor of public policy and sociology, talks with UCR public policy students about vaccine hesitancy, herd immunity, and the possibility of vaccine passports. “The vaccines are incredibly safe, they're incredibly well monitored, and they're incredibly effective,” Carpiano said. According to his profile, “Carpiano...
By Samantha Monterroso |

GWU Professor to Discuss Black Leaders in a Racialized State Department

On Monday, April 19th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be holding a virtual seminar on “History and Prospects for Black Leaders in a Racialized State Department” by Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff. Brinkerhoff will share data on African American Ambassadors from 1949 to 2020 presented as W.E.B. Du Bois-inspired data visualizations, and a historical review...
By Maddie Bunting |

A Conversation with California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis

The latest podcast episode of Policy Chats features a discussion with Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis. She talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about her accomplished career in public service. When discussing what inspired Kounalakis to enter a career in public service she said, “Honoring and respecting the fact...
By Samantha Monterroso |

Policy Student to Discuss Establishing Roosevelt Network Chapter at UCR

On Tuesday, March 9th, the UCR School of Public Policy (SPP) will host a talk by second-year public policy major Vivek Kakar on “Planting Seeds and Lifting Voices: Establishing the Roosevelt Network at UCR.” This event is part of the SPP Student Spotlight Series. Kakar, who is the Founding Executive Director, will present on the...
By Maddie Bunting |

Seminar on Detention Centers Impacted by COVID-19

On Thursday, March 2nd, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on “COVID-19’s Impact on Detention Centers” by Lizbeth Abeln, Deportation Defense Programs Manager for the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (IC4IJ). According to her profile, Abeln “utilizes her experience working personally with immigrant communities and gives support to vulnerable...
By Andrea Rayas |

The Implications of Spreading Disinformation

A new podcast episode of Policy Chats features a discussion with theoretical and evolutionary biologist and professor Carl Bergstrom about the era of "fake news" and how to combat disinformation. Author of “Calling Bullshit”, Bergstrom teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and studies a wide range of problems in population biology, animal...
By Samantha Monterroso |

Women’s Foundation Director of Programs Talks About Gender Equity

On Thursday, March 4th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be holding a virtual seminar on “Gender Equity & Policy,” by Marisol Franco, the Director of Programs at the Women’s Foundation of California. According to her profile, Franco is “responsible for leading curriculum and program development for the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)-State, WPI-Local, and...
By Kevin Karami |

Pew Research Center Research Associate to Discuss How Global Legislators Use Twitter

On Thursday, March 4, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Public Policy will host a talk by Kat Devlin, a Research Associate of the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, about the Center’s recent work using computational social science and social media to evaluate what lawmakers around the world think about current international...
By Maddie Bunting |

Transgender Rights in California and Across the Nation

In a new podcast episode of Policy Chats, Audrey Irmas Director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California Amanda Goad talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about transgender policies and protections. According to her profile, Goad “fights for the rights and civil liberties...
By Samantha Monterroso |

A Conversation about Education Equity in California

On Thursday, February 25th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on “Research, Policy, and Advocacy: A Conversation about Education Equity in California,” by Mayra Lara, associate director of educator engagement at The Education Trust - West. According to her profile, Lara “works closely with County Offices of Education, school...
By Maddie Bunting |

The Implications of a Partisan Congress

A new podcast episode of Policy Chats features a discussion with University of California, Riverside (UCR) professor of political science Ben Bishin about what to expect from a divided Congress entering President Biden’s first term in office. According to his profile, Bishin’s interests reside in questions of democracy, representation, identity and ethnicity, public opinion, legislative...
By Samantha Monterroso |

APPAM Executive Director to Discuss Public Policy Analysis and Management

On Wednesday, February 24th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on “The Role of Public Policy in Challenging Times: An Introduction to APPAM,” by Tara Sheehan, executive director of the Association of Public Policy Analysis & Management. According to her profile, “Sheehan has served as the Executive Director of...
By Maddie Bunting |

Harvard Professor to Discuss Criminal Justice

On Thursday, February 18th, the Presley Center of Crime & Justice Studies, the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, and the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, will be hosting an exclusive conversation with Sandra Smith about how pretrial detention informs future criminal justice involvement. Smith is the Daniel and Florence...
By Maddie Bunting |

Social Services Offered Amid Pandemic

“Community service and preventative services should always be key in order to alleviate the problems of society,” Director of Public Social Services in Riverside County Sayori Baldwin said as a guest in a new podcast episode of Policy Chats. Holding a master’s degree in public administration, Baldwin has a wealth of experience in the health...
By Samantha Monterroso |

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 |