University Forum: The Early-Stage Impacts of COVID-19 on Small Business Owners in the United States
The early impacts on small business and entrepreneurs resulting from the onset of COVID-19 and the disparate governmental responses to it are not well known. Stores, factories and many other businesses have closed by policy mandate, downward demand shifts, health concerns, or other factors. To better understand where we are, it is necessary to assess how large the early-stage impacts of COVID-19 are on small business owners. What are the disproportionate effects on female, minority and immigrant business owners? These are some of the issues that Economics Professor Rob Fairlie will address in this timely talk.
University Forum: The lessons of COVID for global and community health
Globally and nationally, COVID is teaching us a great deal about the huge inequalities in vulnerability, resilience, and blame, as well as instructive divergences in health system capacity, governmental response, and socio-economic disruption. Featuring Matt Sparke, professor of politics and member of the team at UCSC developing the new global and community health program at UC Santa Cruz, and Nancy Chen, professor of anthropology and former director of the UCSC Blum Center on poverty, social enterprise, and participatory governance.
COVID-19 Lightning Talk: Agro-food Tech
With funding from the National Science Foundation, professor Julie Guthman delves into how food and agriculture is becoming a popular site of innovation and investment in the midst of the pandemic. Guthman discusses the various technologies that are accelerating in the agro-food tech sector with caution as these modes of production disproportionately expose people of color to the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Lightning Talk: Government Responses in Latin America
Sara Niedzwiecki, assistant professor of politics, centers her research in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Many workers in these countries are employed in the informal sector, restricting access to unemployment benefits. Niedzwiecki compares and contrasts the governmental responses to the pandemic of these three countries while examining the impact of policies that have been measured on the respective countries’ inhabitants.
COVID-19 Lightning Talk: Impacts in Rural Africa
David Park, a graduate student, highlights his joint research findings on the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Liberia and Malawi. Park’s research seeks to explore the effects of and response to the pandemic in rural areas of both East and West Africa.
COVID-19 Lightning Talk: Cognitive Development
Professor Su-hua Wang, co-founder of New Gen Learning, addresses the inequality in educational experiences of underserved students. Professor Wang’s research seeks to uplift strategies for effective learning. These practices and strategies include teaching culturally relevant material, collaborative learning efforts and community resilience.
University Forum: Solidarity Economics for the Coronavirus Crisis & Beyond with Prof. Chris Benner
In the long term—not just in the current emergency—mutuality matters, morally and economically. An ethos of mutual caring and support leads to better health outcomes and helps to generate a more prosperous and resilient economy and society. Professor Benner discusses how we urgently need to think long term—both about the things that got us into the crisis, and how we can refashion our economy and society as we eventually emerge.
Inequality & Vulnerability in Crisis
Glorene Das / Tenaganita, Colin Gonsalves, Manfred Nowak / Global Campus for Human Rights, and Emoke Bebiak explore how, like most crises, COVID-19 takes extraordinarily high demands on those already exposed in society. How can we turn this crisis into an opportunity to strengthen human rights and more just societies?
COVID-19 and Unemployment
Robert Fairlie, professor of economics, discusses his collaborative research project on the economic impact of COVID-19 on unemployment rates amongst African American and Latinx communities. Fairlie’s research findings show that the unemployment rate amongst these two groups is around 30%, an unprecedented number.
COVID-19 and the Class of 2020
Lecturer Steve Owen is researching how COVID-19 has impacted the graduating class of 2020. This research project seeks to understand the economic effects of the pandemic and how COVID-19 has impacted perceptions of the future for the graduating class of 2020.
COVID-19 and Student Research
Rebecca London highlights UCSC student research in sociology and the coronavirus. Students will have the chance to be featured in a journal published by the American Sociological Association.
Health Care Access, Service Delivery, and Youth Civic Engagement in the Central Valley during the COVID-19 Pandemic
USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor Veronica Terriquez present a webinar on the disparate impacts of the global pandemic on Central Valley communities.
Threats & Opportunities for Democracy
Frances Moore-Lappé, Jamila Raqib, Vesna Teršelič, and Elizabeth Beaumont discuss COVID-19’s far-reaching effects not only on public health but also on our capacities for democratic politics.
Water Justice in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond
Maude Barlow, Robert Bilott, and Andy Szasz explore how pre-existing conditions, polluted waters, and lack of access might make the pandemic worse.
COVID-19 and Gig Workers
Dr. Chris Benner, Director the Institute for Social Transformation, discusses how COVID-19 has impacted gig workers. Dr. Benner created two surveys to determine the impacts of the pandemic on and the findings highlight how gig workers are particularly vulnerable during these times.
Women in Global Health – COVID Spotlight
Monika Hauser, Sima Samar, Eva Zillén, and Nancy Chen discuss how women are disproportionately affected the current pandemic.
Building Solidarity Economics in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond
Nnimmo Bassey, Vandana Shiva, and Chris Benner explore how alternative economic frameworks are informing and informed by this moment of the coronavirus crisis.
Diversifying media: Teaching young journalists to broadcast in Watsonville
Young people from Watsonville are learning the basics of broadcasting and publishing their own podcasts thanks to a unique partnership between UC Santa Cruz’s Research Center for the Americas, KZSC, and Digital NEST.
12 Steps to Reboot the California Economy
As California faces off against the federal government on everything from immigration to climate change, the state has the opportunity to do something radically different: transform our infrastructure, education, workforce development, housing, and transportation systems for the 21st century.
Jenny Reardon: The Science and Ethics of Genomics
Jenny Reardon, sociology professor and author of “The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Knowledge and Justice after the Genome,” discusses the future of genomics and its social and ethical implications, including advances in gene editing and the effects of direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits.