Posts

In the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, we are dedicated to advancing research with real-world impact. As the #1 public university located in one of the most diverse cities in the world, we are ideally positioned to address critical issues facing our communities. Through the work of our world-class faculty – and our students who will become the leaders of tomorrow – we strive to be a leading agent for change across the nation and around the world.

Here in the Social Sciences at UCLA, we are very interested in the impact of technology on society. There are countless applications of big data that help us solve many of the problems that define life today in American society. LA Social Science is pleased to share this video highlighting two researchers, Dr. Till von Wachter and Dr. Safiya Noble, and the important, big data research they are leading in the social sciences.

As a public institution, our work is ultimately in service of you, our community. By engaging LA, we are changing the world.

Just one day after a Minnesota jury took the unusual step of convicting a white police officer for the hyper-mediated, brutal killing of an unarmed Black man, police officers shot and killed another unarmed Black man in North Carolina. And these events had followed the shooting death of yet another unarmed Black man the week before — less than 10 miles from where the killer of George Floyd was on trial. Such is the reality of race and policing in America.

Our nation now finds itself at a critical juncture with respect to its enduring history of white supremacy and related struggles with police brutality. Social movements like Black Lives Matter and DIVEST/INVEST recently have surged to the forefront of our consciousness, demanding that we respect the sanctity of Black (and brown) life by fundamentally rethinking how we invest in public safety in America.

Here in the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, we are committed to advancing this conversation. We are dedicated to supporting research that helps us to better understand the structural factors underlying the great social justice issues of our time, such as our struggles with race and policing. Embedded in the #1 public university located in one of the most diverse cities in the world, we are ideally positioned to address the critical issues facing our communities. Through the work of our world-class faculty and our students — who will become the leaders of tomorrow – we strive to be a leading agent for change across the nation and around the world. Our voice matters.

Movements for Social Justice motivate many of the division’s researchers to gain a better understanding of the forces that shape the world. LA Social Science is pleased to share this video highlighting two such researchers, Drs. Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Abel Valenzuela, and the important, action-oriented research they are leading in the social sciences.

As a public institution, our work is ultimately in service of the diverse communities we represent. By engaging LA, we are changing the world.

In light of the reawakened reckoning on racial justice issues and other historical and contemporary inequalities, the UCLA Division of Social Sciences is turning its attention and support to its graduate students. The newly established Dean’s Fund for the Study of Diversity and Racial Inequality was created to provide funds to graduate students in the Division researching and examining the important social justice issues of our time.

Launched in November 2020, an email campaign showcased cutting-edge research in the division with the goal of raising $50,000 by December 31, 2020.  For six weeks, messages highlighted various research projects, ranging from how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color to the Division’s own Hollywood Diversity Report.

Midway through the campaign, Dean Darnell Hunt’s Advisory Board was so inspired by this effort that the board decided to provide $25,000 in matching funds. Additionally, Material, a modern marketing services company, led by Chairman and CEO UCLA alumnus Dave Sackman ’80, also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, pledged a $25,000 gift. Thanks to these gifts, as well as the generous support of numerous donors, alumni and friends, the campaign exceeded its goal, raising over $77,000.

“As the #1 public university in the United States, we continually strive to advance knowledge, address pressing societal needs, and foster the kind of environment enriched by diverse perspectives in which our students can flourish. I am truly heartened by how the UCLA community came together to support our graduate students during these challenging times.” —Dean Darnell Hunt

Graduate students in the Division’s departments and programs are invited to submit research proposals and the funds will be distributed as $5,000 grants starting summer 2021. Raising money for this fund will be an ongoing effort, underscoring the Division’s commitment to its graduate students as they take on important and critical research around issues of diversity and inequality.

To support graduate students through the Dean’s Fund for the Study of Diversity and Racial Inequality, please visit this site.

OR

To submit a research proposal for the Dean’s Fund for the Study of Diversity and Racial Inequality, please apply by submitting your information HERE, where you will be asked to provide:

1.  Name

2.  Department/Program (Must be a department/program in the UCLA Division of Social Sciences)

3.  Year in program

4.  Other summer support

5.  Project title

6.  Project abstract (one page max)

7.  Faculty support letter

In light of the reawakened reckoning on racial justice issues and other historical and contemporary inequalities, the UCLA Division of Social Sciences is turning its attention and support to its graduate students. The newly established Dean’s Fund for the Study of Diversity and Racial Inequality was created to provide funds to graduate students in the division researching and examining the important social justice issues of our time.

Launched in November 2020, an email campaign showcased cutting-edge research in the division with the goal of raising $50,000 by December 31, 2020. For six weeks, messages highlighted various research projects, ranging from how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color to the Division’s own Hollywood Diversity Report.

Midway through the campaign, Dean Darnell Hunt’s Advisory Board was so inspired by this effort that the board decided to provide $25,000 in matching funds. Additionally, Material, a modern marketing services company, led by Chairman and CEO UCLA alumnus Dave Sackman ’80, also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, pledged a $25,000 gift. Thanks to these gifts, as well as the generous support of numerous donors, alumni and friends, the campaign exceeded its goal, raising over $77,000.

“As the #1 public university in the United States, we continually strive to advance knowledge, address pressing societal needs, and foster the kind of environment enriched by diverse perspectives in which our students can flourish,” said Hunt. “I am truly heartened by how the UCLA community came together to support our graduate students during these challenging times.”

Later this spring, the Division’s graduate students will be invited to submit research proposals, and the funds will be distributed as $5,000 grants starting summer 2021. Raising money for this fund will be an ongoing effort, underscoring the Social Science’s commitment to its graduate students as they take on important and critical research around issues of diversity and inequality.

To support graduate students through the Dean’s Fund for the Study of Diversity and Racial Inequality, click HERE.

 

Today, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences Darnell Hunt appeared on The Lead CNN with Jake Tapper to discuss police brutality and the breaking news of the day dealing with the nationwide protests against racism and injustice.  Watch the video of the interview HERE.

In addition, Dean Hunt has recently been asked by numerous media outlets to provide his expert insight on the current events. Check out each of the links below.

  • 5/29 – Opinion: America Is a Tinderbox

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/george-floyd-protests-minneapolis.html

  • 5/30 – ‘Riots,’ ‘violence,’ ‘looting’: Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/31/george-floyd-riots-violence-looting-words-matter-experts-say/5290908002/

  • 5/31 – 示威失控 UCLA專家:背後根本原因是白人至上

https://www.taiwandaily.net/%E7%A4%BA%E5%A8%81%E5%A4%B1%E6%8E%A7-ucla%E5%B0%88%E5%AE%B6%EF%BC%9A%E8%83%8C%E5%BE%8C%E6%A0%B9%E6%9C%AC%E5%8E%9F%E5%9B%A0%E6%98%AF%E7%99%BD%E4%BA%BA%E8%87%B3%E4%B8%8A/

  • 5/31 – George Floyd death: Why do some protests turn violent?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52869563

  • 6/1 – The 1992 Rodney King Riots and Today’s Looting and Rioting in LA (Background Briefing with Ian Masters Podcast)

https://soundcloud.com/user-830442635/the-1992-rodney-king-riots-and-todays-looting-and-rioting-in-la

  • 6/1 – Protests for racial justice: Faculty share insights on responses to the killing of George Floyd

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/protests-racial-justice-george-floyd

  • 6/1 – Retailers and restaurants across the U.S. close their doors amid protests

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/06/01/retailers-restaurants-across-us-close-their-doors-amid-protests/

  • 6/2 – Christian Science Monitor

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2020/0602/See-the-fire-George-Floyd-and-the-effects-of-violent-protest

  • 6/2 – George Floyd: Mengapa demonstrasi damai memprotes kematian George Floyd bisa berubah menjadi kerusuhan

https://www.bbc.com/indonesia/dunia-52887527

  • 6/2 – MTV and Comedy Central pause to honor George Floyd, but much of Hollywood remains on the sidelines

https://www.thetelegraph.com/entertainment/article/MTV-and-Comedy-Central-pause-to-honor-George-15310227.php

  • 6/2 – What Should We Expect From Entertainment Companies When It Comes to Fighting Racism?

https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-entertainment-companies-fight-racism-black-lives-matter/

  • 6/2 – There isn’t a simple story about looting

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/6/2/21278113/looting-george-floyd-protests-social-unrest

  • 6/3 – ‘Do the Right Thing’: The best films by black directors on Netflix

https://filmdaily.co/news/black-directors-netflix/

  • 6/3 – From AppleTV+ to Netflix: Stories Focus on African-Americans Chasing the American Dream

https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-appletv-to-netflix-stories-focus-on-african-americans-chasing-the-american-dream-11591211546

  • 6/3 – Que devons-nous attendre des entreprises de divertissement lorsqu’il s’agit de lutter contre le racisme?

https://www.urban-fusions.fr/2020/06/03/que-devons-nous-attendre-des-entreprises-de-divertissement-lorsquil-sagit-de-lutter-contre-le-racisme/

  • 6/4 – On The Politics Of Using The Word “Fascist”

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL2006/S00018/on-the-politics-of-using-the-word-fascist.htm

  • 6/4 – Porque se vandalizam e pilham lojas no meio de protestos pacíficos? A lógica do looting

https://shifter.sapo.pt/2020/06/black-lives-matter-looting-pilhagem/

  • 6/4 – 全美暴動…為何和平抗議會變「暴力搶劫」?專家揭背後真相

https://www.setn.com/News.aspx?NewsID=754444