As the pandemic highlights longstanding social inequities, it brings a new urgency to the problems that Berkeley Social Welfare exists to address. Since mid-March 2020, faculty, graduate students, and alumni have contributed to national conversations around behavioral health, equity, and other key issues in the time of COVID-19.
MSW student Daniela Medina was one of several members of the Underground Scholars interviewed by KQED on their experiences during the shelter in place.Read more about For Formerly Incarcerated Students, Sheltering in Place Can Feel Like Prison Again
Erin Kerrison and Osagie Obasogie in Berkeley News: Police violence is one of the reasons COVID-19 is worse in Black communities
"There are various reasons COVID-19 is killing black people at six times the rate of white people, including a...Read more about Erin Kerrison and Osagie Obasogie in Berkeley News: Police violence is one of the reasons COVID-19 is worse in Black communities
More than 50 Berkeley Social Welfare alumni and current students met on Wednesday, April 22 to discuss challenges and explore solutions to the impacts of COVID-19.
Director of Field Education Greg Merrill organized these sessions as a way for practicing social work professionals to...Read more about Alumni forums: forming a community of practice around the challenges of COVID-19
In a KQED Perspective, MSW student Shatesha Morris calls attention to the dangerous isolation of youth in California's juvenile detention facilities, especially during the COVID-19.Read more about MSW student Shatesha Morris's KQED Perspective: "Isolated and Ignored"
Tina Sacks's research focuses on racial disparities in health, so Berkeley News asked her about the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans. Economic inequality, the legacies of residential segregation, unequal access to health insurance and medical care, concentration in areas of the...Read more about COVID-19’s unequal toll on black Americans: A Q&A with Tina Sacks
As hospitals and public health authorities devise and share triage protocols allocating scarce critical-care resources, people with disabilities are expressing alarm that these protocols devalue them and exacerbate long-entrenched ableism in health care.Read more about Doctoral candidate Katie Savin on "Confronting Disability Discrimination During the Pandemic"
Professor and dean emeritus Jeff Edleson was one of several nationwide experts interviewed by CNN on the increased risks that the COVID-19 crisis for people in domestic violence situations.Read more about Prof. Jeff Edleson interviewed on domestic violence risks during COVID-19 crisis (CNN)
Ruth White (PhD '02) appeared on KRON today to give pragmatic advice on managing stress and maintaining your emotional health during COVID-19. Read more about Alum in the news: Ruth White (PhD '02) on managing stress during COVID-19