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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.

June 1, 2020

A promising young alum has been lost to COVID-19. Here is Dean Linda Burton's message to the school community on the loss of Sarah Roncskevitz (BA '17 MSW '19).

May 29, 2020

Othering and Belonging Institute

Denise Herd, professor at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and associate director of the Othering and Belonging Institute, wrote a op-ed "On George Floyd and the Struggle to Belong" that highlights the work of assistant professor Erin Kerrison and affiliated professor Osagie Obasogie.

May 19, 2020

Excellence in Social Work Practice Award

Tara Montgomery

Presented to a student who best exemplifies excellence in social work practice each year. Students are nominated by field faculty and field placement site supervisors, who select the student whose graduate field education performance exemplifies the highest standards of competence, creativity, and commitment.

May 18, 2020

Berkeley News

Join us for a discussion of the role of digital technology and telehealth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of public health, medicine, and mental health. Panelists will discuss how we can leverage technology to reach people in need during social distancing as well as the challenges of reaching low-resourced communities with lower digital literacy.

May 16, 2020

We didn’t start this year thinking that we would be operating the School of Social Welfare out of our living rooms. But with all of California sheltering in place this spring, the COVID-19 crisis has upended the school year. Despite the disruptions and the many uncertainties, the upheaval of this school year has built our resourcefulness and reminded us of our strengths.
I felt a powerful calling to Berkeley's School of Social Welfare the first time I entered Haviland Hall. Berkeley's historic commitment to social justice was in the air and punctuated the vibrancy of the School's mission, programs, faculty, students, staff, and alum. I knew almost instantly that becoming the Dean of the School of Social Welfare was the opportunity I had been waiting for. After decades of studying the impact of poverty and inequality on the lives of America's most marginalized families, including the policies that create and perpetuate disadvantage in their lives, finally, here I was with a golden opportunity to contribute to the training of "first responders" who address the needs of families like those I had come to know and care about in my research.

May 15, 2020

Experiences of sexuality and reproductive health are both deeply personal and nearly universal; Associate Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez’s work explores the intersection between individual decisions, medical systems, and social structures.