MAY 4, 2015
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Expertise and Response to Current Events

Photo: Melissa Murray
Melissa Murray lent her expertise to a radio discussion on KFPA's UpFront program on April 28. Murray discussed pressing questions about the Supreme Court's decision to take on the question of same-sex marriage legalization nationwide. The entire segment is available online and via podcast

Murray's research focuses on the roles that criminal law and family law play in articulating the legal parameters of intimate life, including topics like marriage and its alternatives, the legal regulation of sex and sexuality, and the marriage equality debate. Murray is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley and a member of the Haas Institute LGBTQ Citizenship cluster.
Haas Institute Assistant Director Stephen Menendian penned a blog post on today's civil rights issues, including state and federal discrimination laws against the LGBTQ community and police brutality events that were brought to national attention by events in Ferguson, Sanford, New York City, and Baltimore. The post discusses how the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s left much work unfinished as well as the challenges that face us ahead.

Stephen also wrote on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocides for the Berkeley Blog. The blog post, "A 21st Century Problem: Lessons from the Armenian Genocide" can be found on our website.
"..the repetitive nature of this, the fact that this is chronic... Chronic experiences of racial discrimination, and I’d include vicarious discrimination, can influence mental and physical health outcomes," said Amani Nuru-Jeter in an article published in the New Pittsburgh Courier. Nuru-Jeter was commenting on mental effects of sustained negative media coverage on police brutality against people of color. 

Prof. Nuru-Jeter also commented extensively in a Los Angeles Sentinel article, "Racism and Stress Killing Black Women," saying "that the notion that Black women are so resilient and that they can handle everything thrown their way is incredibly harmful, because that myth comes at great cost."

Nuru-Jeter was also quoted in 
"Sexism and Racism Take Toll on Black Women’s Health," saying, “Although the evidence is somewhat mixed, the consensus is that self-reported racial discrimination is associated with a variety of health outcomes—most prevalent being birth outcomes, cardio health concerns…also depression and psychological stress.”

Amani Nuru-Jeter is an Associate Professor at 
UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and a member of the Haas Institute Health Disparities cluster.
john powell on CCTV's The Heat

On April 16, Director john a. powell participated in a discussion on US police shootings on CCTV's talk show "The Heat." View the video here.  
Photo: Hilary HoynesEconomics Disparities cluster Chair Hilary Hoynes was featured on the PBS News Hour segment, "Why It's So Hard to Get Off Welfare." This piece highlighted the changes in the Welfare-to-Work program that began under the Clinton administration in 1996, why it worked then, and why it isn't working now. Factors such as stagnant wages and limited job training opportunities have helped keep many locked into a program originally designed to help people get off welfare. The video is available for viewing online. 
Photo: Bertrall RossAssistant Professor of Law and Diversity and Democracy faculty cluster member Bertrall Ross recently published "Paths of Resistance to Our Imperial First Amendment" in the Michigan Law Review. The publication is a book review of Citizens Divided: Campaign Finance Reform and the Constitution by Robert C. Post. Ross offers an alternative path forward that not only builds from Post’s theory and constitutional framework but also addresses concerns about chilling constitutional speech. 

Othering & Belonging Conference 2015

The Haas Institute would like to thank all of its speakers, panelists, performers, and participants for making the first Othering & Belonging Conference a success. This sold-out event featured a multidisciplinary array of speakers, performers, and thinkers and featured engaging workshops and live-updates via the website. Interviews, blog posts, visual media, and more can be found on the website.

The conference is over, but we're not done! If you haven't already, please sign up for our mailing list to keep updated post-conference. You will be notified when we post new content, including our forthcoming conference videos. 

We want to hear your feedback! Please take a few moments to fill out our evaluation forms, and let us know your thoughts on our workshops, plenaries, and keynotes. We would also love for you to share your experiences with us. 


Racialized Punitive Social Control: The Criminalization of Black and Latino Boys
Racialized Punitive Social Control FlyerVictor Rios, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, will discuss his findings from 10 years of studying ethnography in Northern and Southern California with "juvenile delinquent" and gang-associated boys. He will also discuss findings from his latest research project on social movements in Ferguson, MO. Rios' work analyzes the role of social control in determining the well-being of young people living in urban marginality, tracks the social consequences of the punitive state and punitive social control across institutional settings, and examines young people’s resilience and responses to social marginalization. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Social Change and the Haas Institute, and will take place in 227 Haviland Hall from 4:00-5:30 p.m. This event is wheelchair accessible, and is free and open to the public.


Call for Submissions for Poster Presentations

On May 29, 2015, Professor Hilary Hoynes (Economics, Public Policy) is hosting a day-long workshop on “The Future of SNAP? Improving Nutrition Policy to Ensure Health and Food Equity.”

This interdisciplinary workshop will summarize evidence and research findings on SNAP, identify challenges of current delivery approaches, and address recommended actions relevant for the future of SNAP. It will involve panel discussions, including leading researchers from UC Berkeley and other universities, representatives from respected NGOs in the field, representatives from federal and state agencies, and practitioners. Conference attendees will be involved through audience discussions and collaborative break-out sessions.

Graduate students working in the area of SNAP (CalFresh), or potentially (depending on submissions) food and nutrition policies more broadly, are encouraged to participate and attend the workshop.

Graduate students are invited to submit a paper for the poster session.
If selected, you will also be asked to help take notes during the break-out sessions.

Applications due May 15, 2015.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV and a draft of the paper that will form the basis of the poster (an extended abstract is acceptable if no paper is yet complete) to

Graduate Student Researcher for Equity and Inclusion
This position will carry out work on the project “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Programming at UC Berkeley,” funded by the UC Berkeley Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Innovation Grant Program. This appointment runs August 20, 2015 – May 13, 2016, 9 hours per week. This is a 2-semester GSR position and the applicant must be able to commit to the full length of the project. The details of this position, including compensation can be found on our website. Application Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015, midnight PST. Applicant must be a matriculated graduate student at UC Berkeley. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional or academic references an email to with the subject line “Equity and Inclusion GSR."

Equity and Inclusion Working Group Student Fellows 

There are three (3) positions open for the working group for the project “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Programming at UC Berkeley,” funded by the UC Berkeley Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Innovation Grant Program. The appointment runs August 20, 2015 – May 13, 2016, with 40 hours total spread out over 9 months. Applicants must be able to commit to the full length of the project. Application Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015, midnight PST. Applicants must be a matriculated undergraduate or graduate student at UC Berkeley. The details of these positions, including compensation, can be found on the job description. To apply, submit the following items by email to with the subject line “Equity and Inclusion Working Group.”

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