Oakley named Social Ecology's 2017 Lauds and Laurels recipient

December 2016

Eloy Ortiz Oakley ’96, MBA ’99 is Social Ecology's Distinguished Alumnus for 2017 and will be honored at the 47th annual Lauds and Laurels ceremony. Mr. Oakley is the Chancellor for California Community Colleges, the first Latino to do so. He has been president of Long Beach City College since 2007, the only University of California regent to have headed a community college, and in December took the helm as Chancellor of the state’s 113-school community college system – comprising more than 2.1 million students. 

The Lauds and Laurels award ceremony will be held on March 30, 2017.

Q&A with Professor Charis Kubrin

December 2016

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society is interviewed in the Zócalo green room, prior to being a part of the Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation event, "How Do You Fix a 'Bad' Neighborhood?" She elaborates as to what contributes to her interest in immigration, in addition to her surprising connection to a classic '80s movie.

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Under Trump, sanctuary cities may not be so safe

December 2016

Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in BuzzFeed News for identifying issues in existing policies that may prevent entities like LAPD from upholding its stance in not assisting the new Trump administration with its plans for mass deportations.

From BuzzFeed News:

In the meantime, joint gang enforcement is likely to act as a loophole for the LAPD to assist in Trump’s deportation efforts, said Ana Muñiz, an assistant professor of criminology at the University of California, Irvine. “We can expect — in spite of sanctuary cities, in spite of the LAPD’s proclamation — that there will continue to be joint raids, there will continue to be joint enforcement,” Muñiz said. “And we can expect that to be done increasingly through this framework of gang enforcement and gang labeling, which we know is unrigorous and overly broad.”

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The L.A. public defender's office decided it needed a scientist

December 2016

Fingerprints. Eyewitness accounts. Bite marks. All suspect? 

Social Ecology alumna Erin Morris is featured in The California Sunday magazine for being the first behavioral sciences research analyst for the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. Written by Erika Hayasaki, Associate Professor of Literary Journalism at UCI, this article features Morris's challenges and successes as a research analyst as she champions for science in court proceedings.

Immigrant advocates fighting to keep state gang database away from Trump

December 2016

Ana Muñiz, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in Voice of OC and KCET for identifying the issues behind California's gang database, CalGang, and its selection process of determining if a person is a gang member, affiliate, or associate. She also voices concern over how CalGang could be used during the president-elect's administration.

From Voice of OC and KCET:

Muñiz cited one example from the CalGang audit of several instances where individuals were labeled as gang members in the database with no evidence.

“I think it’s very concerning that someone could, on a very low threshold of proof, be put into one of these databases as a gang member and have it affect so much of their life. And the concern now, obviously, is that this could affect their ability to stay in the country,” said Muñiz, an expert on gang injunctions and author of the 2015 book “Power, Police and the Production of Racial Boundaries.”

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A problem: water and inequality

December 2016

David Feldman, Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, is quoted in Phys.org over the consequences of California's water crisis upon the different regions of the state, and how authoritative figures may have contributed to the discrepancies being experienced among the regions.

From Phys.org:

Moreover, these problems are not new. Disparities are being highlighted by the drought, but their roots go back much further. "Through history, water has always been provided by various authorities that have power. And that power's often exercised unequally," said UC Irvine professor David Feldman, a political scientist who specializes in water management and policy.

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