News

August 2, 2020

New York Times

Alum Fernando Cheung (PhD '91), who has served on Hong Kong's Legislative Council since 2004, writes about the Hong Kong authorities' decision to delay elections for a year.

July 23, 2020

The Atlantic

"I expect the people who have the least in our society to delay pregnancy because of the economic and health effects of COVID-19." Anu Manchikanti Gómez and other experts on the impacts of the pandemic on U.S. birth rates, death rates, immigration, and long-term population trends.

July 21, 2020

Yahoo News

"The leap to truancy court as opposed to identifying why this child isn't coming to school is a special kind of punishment reserved for Black students."
Assistant Professor Erin Kerrison on inequality and juvenile justice system interactions in schools.

July 17, 2020

Park NeunghooDr. Park Neung-hoo, Minister of Health and Welfare of South Korea, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award.

July 16, 2020

A look at the far-reaching influence of Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice in the 20 years since its publication.

July 12, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle

"The reality is we never had the same risk of contracting the illness." Assistant Professor Tina Sacks on the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on lower-income communities of color.

July 10, 2020

Berkeley News

"What would be a better use of our time, what would be a better way to devote our energy, instead of into panic, would be about collective health, collective safety and collective joy." Assistant Professor Erin Kerrison imagines a future without police. https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/07/10/berkeley-talks-erin-kerrison/

July 2, 2020

June 30, 2020

Fortune Magazine
"Racism kills Black Americans, and has long before COVID-19. But its toxic combination with sexism has particularly vast and disastrous consequences for the health of Black women." Assistant Professor Tina Sacks is quoted in this article on the implications of systemic racism on breast cancer outcomes for Black women.

June 29, 2020

Berkeley News

As the country moves toward reopening — and with it some sense of “normalcy” — UC Berkeley researchers said simply returning to normal isn’t enough. Rather, they said, dismantling structural racism must be part of any reopening strategy.

During a livestreamed Berkeley Conversations event, “Race, Law, and Health Policy,” on Monday, June 29, the panelists underscored that dismantling structural racism within America’s healthcare system — and tackling anti-Black racism — is essential for true reform.

June 19, 2020

My Dear Haviland Community--

June 17, 2020

The relationship between our social welfare and criminal legal system is marked both by tension and collaboration. Social workers, in particular, must coordinate efforts alongside a host of state agents, including police officers. At this moment, both front-line crisis workers are confronting an unprecedented charge that is shaped by an ever-changing set of contact protocols.

June 15, 2020

Every summer for the last six out of seven years, Lecturer and Training  Consultant for the Latinx Center of Excellence Luna Calderón has led MSW students in the Sin Fronteras program. Designed to improve students’ Spanish fluency and train them in culturally responsive social work practices for Latinx populations, Sin Fronteras typically involves a five-week stay in Oaxaca with language and culture classes and a service learning program.

June 11, 2020

CBS News

Affiliated faculty member Osagie Obasogie looks at some of the structural factors that have allowed police violence to persist. "One of the perspectives that public health can offer is understanding what set of conditions allows police violence to manifest itself in the public, and kind of broaden the conversation beyond individual bad apples or bad cops to really have a better understanding of what is it about our society, our laws and our policies that lead to these predictable outcomes over and over again," Obasogie said Thursday in an interview on CBSN."

SF Weekly

In this SF Weekly article Assistant Professor Erin Kerrison, who studies the way in which the criminal justice system has historically impacted communities of color, says the founding philosophy of the modern, professional police force is inextricably tied to inequality and racism.

June 8, 2020

Univision

Tina Sacks was interviewed by Univision for an article linking protests around the deth of George Floyd to the "original sin" of racism in the U.S. Said Sacks, “Lo que estamos viendo es la culminación de 400 años de opresión y resistencia. La brutalidad de esta opresión en Estados Unidos sigue muy presente en Estados Unidos y lo que estamos viendo en las calles es la resistencia a esa brutalidad.”

June 4, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle

A fatal shooting by Vallejo police on June 2 reopens questions about policing equity; Assistant Professor Erin Kerrison offers a perspective.

June 3, 2020

Berkeley Blog

Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics Osagie Obasogie, an affiliated faculty member of Berkeley Social Welfare, explains Graham v. Connor, the 1989 Supreme Court decision that shaped federal constitutional rules around police use of force.

June 2, 2020

California Magazine
As the death toll for COVID-19 crosses 100,000 people in the United States—the highest number of any country in the world—African Americans continue to be disproportionately impacted by the virus. Nationally, African Americans are nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as would be expected based on their share of the population. To understand why, California contributor Brandon Patterson talked to Tina Sacks, an assistant professor at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare whose research focuses on poverty, inequality, and racial inequities in health. Sacks also previously worked on public health policy at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.