Why is an economy built on solidarity important at this time?
We need to rethink the way we view “the economy.” This video talks about why.
This video was created by Solidarity Economics in partnership with the Equity Research Institute at USC.
Paying people money just because they have low incomes seems impossible in our current American economic system, but if we shift our view with an understand of solidarity economics, we realize what a valuable idea it can be.
This video from Solidarity Economics explores movements for a universal basic income or universal guaranteed income from the perspective of solidarity economics.
Careers in Social Sciences – UCSC Career Success
Watch this Zoom recording by the UCSC Career Center to learn how to make the most of your major and create your own career path with your Social Sciences degree!
UC Santa Cruz University Forum: Improving Outcomes of Tree Growing and Forest Restoration Efforts
Business leaders, politicians, celebrities and non-profit organizations are calling for the planting of millions, billions, or even trillions of trees to slow climate change. Is that really feasible? Dr. Karen Holl, professor of environmental studies, talks about what we can actually achieve from growing trees and how to improve the outcomes of forest restoration efforts, based on her nearly three decades of research on tropical forest restoration.
Building Belonging Program: Student Flash Talk Event & Celebration 2021
UC Santa Cruz students in the Building Belonging program share their research with the community at this online end-of-year celebration and student flash talk event. The Building Belonging program is designed to increase engagement and build a greater sense of belonging for under-represented students through faculty mentored service-learning and research projects. The program was developed to enable and expand engagement with faculty and also give undergraduate students a firmer sense of belonging and acceptance at the university. Sponsored by: The Institute for Social Transformation and the Division of Social Sciences.
For more information, visit https://transform.ucsc.edu/funding/building-belonging
ALL-IN: Seizing the Pandemic Portal: Transforming Universities for Community Engaged Scholarship
Join us for a discussion on how we can seize the moment to help transform universities in the post-pandemic world, to be truly powerful partners in co-creating knowledge for justice. As Arundhati Roy so powerfully articulated early on in the crisis, pandemics provide us an opportunity to imagine the world anew. What does this mean for universities? As we try to navigate the opportunities for ‘building back better’, how can we help expand the space for community engaged scholarship? How can we more effectively deploy our resources, to strengthen truly equitable community partnerships across all aspects of the research process? What does this mean for graduate students and early career faculty? For individual research centers? For university administrators, and cross-university networks?
Sites of Memory, Spaces of Dispute: Missions and Monuments in the United States
Our final event in our “Memory Studies in the Americas” thematic series explores how markers or symbols of memory are imagined and disputed. Listen to presentations on the San Gabriel mission in Tovaangar (known as Los Angeles today) by Dr. Catherine Ramírez (Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies) and Confederate monuments in Virginia by Dr. Kate Jones (Associate Professor, History), as they weave the personal with the scholarly to explore the contested terrain of memory in the United States. Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz, will be the event’s discussant. Closed captioning and an ASL interpreter will be provided. This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored with the Institute for Social Transformation and The Humanities Institute.
Katherine Quinteros: Building Belonging Through Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration
Katherine Quinteros is a second-year doctoral student in Social Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. She works with Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias researching issues of identity, culture, health, and education. Using critical frameworks, her research examines the experiences, challenges, and strengths of minoritized groups (e.g., students, faculty) in higher education. Kat received the Chancellor’s Graduate Internship/Campus Fellow Award for “Building Belonging through Research Engagement for Minoritized UCSC Students” and she is the winner of the Graduate Research Symposium Best of the Social Sciences Division Award this year.
Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance
On May 4th 2021, we celebrate the launch of Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance (PM Press) by Erin McElroy, UC Santa Cruz Feminist Studies alum and co-founder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Counterpoints brings together cartography, essays, illustrations, poetry, and more in order to depict gentrification and resistance struggles from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Compiled by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, each chapter reflects different frameworks for understanding the Bay Area’s ongoing urban upheaval, including: evictions and root shock, indigenous geographies, health and environmental racism, state violence, transportation and infrastructure, migration and relocation, and speculative futures.
Reparations for Black Americans: The Road to Racial Equality in California and Beyond
William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, co-authors of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century.
Anne Price, President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.
Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district.
Moderated by Chris Benner, Director of the Institute for Social Transformation.
Co-sponsored by: The Institute for Social Transformation, Center for Racial Justice, and Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UC Santa Cruz.
Homeless Garden Project’s 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Food Challenge Kickoff Event
HGP was pleased to welcome Representative Jimmy Panetta, music and dancing from Senderos, and our friends at Food Solutions New England for this informative and celebratory kickoff event on March 20, 2021 co-sponsored by IST.
Latino Role Models 2021 Conference keynote with Dr. Manuel Pastor: “Racial Justice and Education”
Latino Role Models is a free conference for Santa Cruz County students from grade 6 to college and their families. LRM features Latino college students and professionals plus workshops. The conference is conducted in Spanish with English translation. Co-sponsored by IST. More info at https://scsenderos.org/events/latino-role-models2021/
LASER Talks with Jasmine Alinder and Katharyne Mitchell
UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences LASER Talk with:
- Dr. Jasmine Alinder, Dean of the Humanities and professor of History: “Representing Japanese American Incarceration.”
- Dr. Katharyne Mitchell, Dean of the Social Sciences and professor of Sociology: “Sanctuary Space and Insurgent Memory.”
University Forum: V is for Veracity
Featuring Professor of Sociology Jenny Reardon with introductions and Q&A moderation by Assistant Professor of Sociology James Doucet-Battle. Metaphors of war and battle in fighting COVID-19, now commonplace, can have their own problematic effects on how we imagine and act in the face of the pandemic. The “us vs. them” imagery that war metaphors promote pulls us away from veracity—“trustworthy truths” that foreground human (and nonhuman) relations and interdependencies. The pandemic provides an opportunity to mobilize veracity for a more just post-COVID-19 future.
Back to school: What Elementary Schools need to Consider in Re-Opening their Doors
Slugs and Steins event with Professor Rebecca London. As elementary schools reopen after prolonged physical closure due to COVID-19, attention to healing the school community will be essential. Although there is wide variation in the timing and formats with which schools plan to reopen, it is clear that when students reenter school buildings they will be eager to reconnect with friends and teachers. Because elementary school-aged children learn and grow through play, recess is an ideal time to support healing and to prepare students to return to the classroom ready to learn. When students are allowed to reenter school buildings, providing opportunities for play should be a priority; this talk discusses how schools can safely implement recess and harness the power of play to rebuild the school community and support the well-being of their students.
Changing Climate: The Role of Environmental Justice
A Conversation with Rhiana Gunn-Wright
Climate change. Racism. Disparities in health and livelihoods. The biggest challenges of our modern era are not as separate as they might seem. Rhiana Gunn-Wright wants to help others see how environmental degradation and social injustices are deeply intertwined. Because understanding these connections is a powerful starting place for meaningful change. Gunn-Wright, lead developer of the Green New Deal and current climate policy director at the Roosevelt Institute, shared her insights at a free public event hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation on February 10, 2021.
Opening remarks and land acknowledgement can be viewed here >>
Navigating Stress, Anxiety, and Isolation in the midst of a Pandemic
As we approach 12 months of living with a global pandemic, the stress, anxiety, and for some, the isolation is taking its toll. Join Psychology Professor Craig Haney and UC Santa Cruz alumna Dr. Alison Holman for an important discussion about early psychological responses, loneliness, isolation, and how the distortion of time may be affecting our well-being as we negotiate a balance between the risks and human needs of social connection.
“Coded Bias” Panel Discussion
Coded Bias documentary film screening and panel discussion with UC Santa Cruz Faculty. Neda Atanasoski of the Humanities Institute Center for Racial Justice A.M. Darke of Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Jody Greene of Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL)sponsored by UCSC’s Privacy Office and Office for Diversity Equity and Inclusion. The award-winning documentary Coded Bias explores how machine-learning algorithms can perpetuate society’s existing class-, race-, and gender-based inequities. “Coded Bias” examines algorithmic bias as a modern civil rights issue, and sheds light on privacy and equity issues related to increasing reliance on artificial intelligence.
Talking about Chronic Illness, Care, and COVID: An Evening with Jennifer Brea and Megan Moodie
As the numbers of the chronically ill grow rapidly worldwide due to what is being called “long Covid,” there is much to be learned from the experience of those who were grappling with the effects of difficult-to-diagnose, understudied, and invisibilzed diseases long before the appearance of the novel coronavirus. What do the experiences of the chronically ill teach us about how to survive – not just physically, but emotionally and socially – in the face of huge knowledge gaps and medical disbelief? How can patients separated by vast distances and often unable to engage in traditional political organizing join together to demand answers and treatment? What do patient voices tell us about how the organization of medicine needs to change in order to better serve the well-being of us all?
Suddenly Distant and Still in Flux: Implications of COVID-19 for K12 Teachers’ Work
The UC Santa Cruz University Forum presents The Implications of COVID-19 for Teachers’ Work and K-12 Schooling with Professor Lora Bartlett and the Suddenly Distant Research Project Team. The COVID 19 pandemic forced the entire teacher workforce into distance teaching essentially overnight. Though a short-term crisis, the longevity of this pandemic is changing the context of teachers’ work in ways that are affecting the very nature of teachers’ work and the structure of K-12 schooling.
Read more about the Suddenly Distant Research Project here: http://bit.ly/SuddenlyDistantResearch…
Immigration policies in the United States: Understanding violence nation-wide and in Santa Cruz
Deportation is far more than a policy term; it is a threat and an act with explosive impact on families and communities. UC Santa Cruz Professor of Psychology, Regina Day Langhout, lead author on a policy brief, “Statement on the Effects of Deportation and Forced Separation on Immigrants, their Families, and Communities,” will discuss the far-reaching impacts of deportation and collective resistance.
Bill McKibben & Vandana Shiva in Conversation – Social Transformation: Visions & Mobilizations
For decades, Vandana Shiva and Bill McKibben have used their moral imaginations to envision a better world, articulate a global agenda for sustainable societies, advocate for policy advancements, and support social movements. Join Shiva and McKibben to imagine the future from the perspective of people and the planet, including a look at what Green New Deal & Just Recovery programs could help seed around the world in terms of livelihoods, human rights, and the environment.
Abolition Then and Now with Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley
Abolition Then & Now features Robin Kelley and Isaac Julien in conversation about the anti-slavery movements of the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries & current abolitionist uprisings against racist police brutality & the prison industrial complex. This event coincides with the presentation of Julien’s Lessons of the Hour, 2019, a ten-screen film installation that explores the legacy of Frederick Douglass & his vision for abolition in relationship to contemporaneity, at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts.
Visuality & Carceral Formations Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray & Nicholas Mirzoeff
The third event in the Visualizing Abolition series brings together visual and cultural theorists Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray and Nicholas Mirzoeff to consider the roles of visual culture in normalizing mass incarceration and the racist brutalities of policing within the social landscape and political vision of America. Questions of visuality and formations moves beyond critiques of film, television, advertisements, and other media to ask how dominant visions of the world—and the visual regimes that regulate what people see and what remains hidden from view—are materialized in the prison industrial complex.
Images, Memory, and Justice with Bryan Stevenson
Founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Bryan Stevenson is the featured speaker for the second event in Visualizing Abolition, joining Gina Dent for a conversation about art, culture, and activism.
Bryan Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has, over the last two decades, tirelessly worked to challenge the racial and economic injustices of mass incarceration in the United States. Stevenson has also been at the forefront of the creation of two cultural sites, The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. For Visualizing Abolition, Stevenson will discuss how those institutions relate to his legal social justice initiatives.
Visualizing Abolition with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent
Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent, noted antiprison activists, scholars, and educators, for an online conversation about critical issues in the arts, visual culture, and abolition. This is the first in a series of events that questions what it means to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote.
Community based research navigating the turbulent time and places of political and biological pandemics. We launch our series with an initial set of ‘cases’ meant to help us understand how community-university collaborations are evolving, what community partners need from universities in these times/spaces, what role research can play in the current struggles, what barriers partnerships are facing and what successes have they discovered.
Session 1 – October 23, 2020 Presenters: Youth Voices: Univ. of Utah Neighborhood Partner Initiative, Survivors Justice Project Research Collective, We Belong: UCSC & Community Action Board Partnership, Honors Living Learning Community.
UCSC PIT-UN Speaker Series with Brandie Nonnecke, Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab
The CITRIS Policy Lab: Supporting Interdisciplinary Research to Inform Evidence-Based Policymaking. Join us to learn about the CITRIS Policy Lab’s recent research, how it draws upon this research to support policymakers’ decisions in the public and private sectors, and strategies to help you translate your research into policy deliverables that can inform the ethical development and deployment of technology.
How to use Twitter for Social Impact
How to Use Twitter for Social Impact workshop on September 22, 2020. This workshop for UC Santa Cruz faculty and graduate students explores Twitter as a tool for social impact. The presenters share tips and guidance about how to reach influencers and policy makers, how to communicate research via Twitter, and how to gain followers.
California: Our Criminal Justice System and Political Possibilities
Session 4 of “Elections: What They Are Good For. Democracy, Dilemmas & Decisions” with Anjuli Verma, Craig Haney, and Erin Haney.
California: Changing Demographics, Youth, and Integrated Voter Engagement
Session 3 of “Elections: What They Are Good For. Democracy, Dilemmas & Decisions” with Veronica Terriquez, Randy Villegas, Mindy Romero, Martin Higuera, and Ines Garcia.
Elections, the Constitution, and Institutional Reform
Session 2 of “Elections: What are they Good for? Democracy, Dilemmas & Decisions” with Daniel Wirls, UC Santa Cruz Professor of Politics and Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director of Common Cause.
Hope, Fear, and Desire for Democracy on the Eve of an Election
Session 1 of “Elections: What Are They Good For? Democracy, Dilemmas & Decisions” with Dean Mathiowetz, Associate Professor of Politics, Deborah Gould, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Cristina Beltrán (Porter ’92), Associate Professor at New York University.
Online Groceries: eCommerce, the pandemic & the future of work in retail food
What are the implications of this trend for the people doing the work of fulfilling online orders and delivering food? Based on a 3-year study of technological change and future of work in the grocery industry, this talk will address these changes. Since many of the new positions are gig jobs through on-demand platforms like Instacart and DoorDash, this talk will also discuss the implications of the high profile political battle being waged in California over employee status of gig workers.
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.