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LA Social Science Election 2020: A Discussion with UCLA Alumni Experts About CA Prop 16 to Reinstate Affirmative Action

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Two UCLA alumni experts explain the importance of Proposition 16. Professors Maria Ledesma and OiYan Poon give a full account of the importance of Affirmative Action and how the elimination of this policy in California heavily decreased opportunities…

CPL Releases New Research on the Lost Wages Assistance Program in California

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The UCLA California Policy Lab (CPL) recently released a new Data Point focused on the "Lost Wages Assistance" program that started on September 7th in California. After Congress couldn't come to an agreement about a second stimulus plan, the…

CSW Policy Brief Series 2020 Presents Confronting the Carceral State: Reimagining Justice

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In 2019, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) collected Policy Briefs on the theme “Confronting the Carceral State, Reimagining Justice.” The call for submissions was developed by CSW Director Grace Hong and the Black Feminism…

LA Social Science “Summer Take-Over” with Drs. Haley and Hong Discussing Abolition and Feminism

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LA Social Science presents its first "Summer Take-Over" featuring Dr. Sarah Haley and Dr. Grace Hong who joined the e-forum for an in-depth discussion about abolition and feminism. Interview Chapters: 1:50 - Abolition as a concept…

Workers and Learners’ Experiences in Los Angeles County

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By Sophia L. Ángeles, Graduate Student Researcher; Janna Shadduck-Hernández, Project Director, UCLA Labor Center; and Saba Waheed, Research Director, UCLA Labor Center This past June, the UCLA Labor Center, in collaboration with the Los…

UCLA LPPI and Alianza for Youth Justice Release a New “Call to Action” Report on the Latinx Data Gap in the Youth Justice System

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UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) and the Alianza for Youth Justice have released a new "Call to Action" report titled "The Latinx DATA GAP in the Youth Justice System." This report shows that inconsistent data collection methods…
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Mindfulness Meditation Activates Altruism

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UCLA Professors Akihiro Nishi and Michael Irwin and colleagues co-authored a paper that was published in Nature's Scientific Reports titled, "Mindfulness Meditation Activates Altruism," on April 16, 2020. Dr. Nishi and Dr. Irwin are affiliated…

UCLA Professor Safiya Noble Pens A Reckoning for Restoration and Reparation

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For the newly launched magazine, NOEMA, Dr. Safiya Noble wrote an essay that calls out the titans of technology, and challenges us all to look at the societal needs of this pivotal moment. As calls for abolition and racial justice echo from…

LA Social Science Community Conversations Featuring UCLA Medical School Dr. Tomer Begaz

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LA Social Science spoke with Dr. Tomer Begaz, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center, about his recent "Golden Apple"…