April 2023

• • • Science Driving Solutions • • •

UC Irvine Labor Center opens on campus

“Workers live everywhere, and we have a really dynamic labor movement in Orange County. But, workers in Orange County face a lot of challenges – high cost of living, lack of affordable housing and just a fair shake at work. This new center is a way to raise up workers’ voices, to raise up issues that directly impact and affect them.” — Virginia Parks, UCI Labor Center academic director
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Shedding light on Latinos in criminal justice system

“The U.S. has never paid close attention to the experience of Latino people in our criminal justice system — until now. We hope that this report is the first of many to take a comprehensive look at this jail population, the findings from which will help us develop much-needed reforms to the system and further racial equity.” — Nancy Rodriguez, professor of criminology, law and society
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Better with age

“Contrary to negative stereotypes of aging, late life is a time of relatively stable and high levels of well-being. With older age, people focus more on the present and less on planning for the future, and this mindset is one possible explanation for high levels of well-being later in life.” — Susan Charles, professor of psychological science
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Young Adult Court graduates 4 more

“This program helped me initially get sober and supported me staying sober. Because of this, I was able to regain all my family’s trust back, which eventually led to a job opportunity in the family business. Young Adult Court helped me become a person that my family could be proud of. Because of YAC, I have now been sober for a year and six months.” — Noah, YAC graduate
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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Keramet Reiter 

As director of UCI LIFTED (Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees), Keramet Reiter is working to end recidivism. The professor of criminology, law and society calls the program incredibly valuable not only to taxpayers but to the incarcerated pursuing their bachelor’s degree. The program, which welcomed its first 26 students last fall, aims to replicate throughout California. 
The paper that keeps winning

Veronica Valencia Gonzalez, criminology, law & society doctoral student, wrote a paper on intimate partner violence and implications to the criminal justice system within Latinx populations that has won multiple awards. 
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Gaining sleep control

Colleen Sbeglia, Ph.D. student in psychological science, who is studying how sleep deprivation alters the behavior of young men in the criminal justice system, has received a $50,000 grant from the American Psychology-Law Society.
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Alumna named ‘Kickass Woman’

Joanne Motoike (’90, B.A. social ecology) has been named one of Orange Coast Magazine's “Kickass Women.” She made history by joining the appellate panel reviewing trial court decisions and wants to give people a voice.
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Crimmigration nation

In her latest book, “Immigration and Crime: Taking Stock,” Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society, and co-author Graham Ousey, provide a broad overview of the immigration-crime link, including the rise of policies and practices reflecting so-called “crimmigration,” or the broader integration of civil immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system.
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The other death penalty

Tens of thousands of souls are in prison for life without parole and tens of thousands more are serving sentences that will result in them dying in prison. How that came to be in the land of the free is examined in Death by Prison: The Emergence of Life without Parole and Perpetual Confinement (University of California Press) by Christopher Seeds, assistant professor of criminology, law and society.
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Giving Day is April 18 — Consider making a donation to our Field Study program, which prepares students for success in the world.

  • April 10, Noon-1:30 p.m., Social Ecology I, Room 315 — “Humanity-Centered Design: A Planner's Perspective.” Mai Nguyen, director of the Design Lab and professor of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego, discusses how planners can use humanity-centered design to create systems change. RSVP

  • April 13, Noon-1 p.m., UCI Calit2, “Water Rights and Water Wrongs: Rethinking Equity in California.” The Water UCI Speaking of Water series presents an in-person expert panel. RSVP

  • April 17, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Humanities Gateway, Room 1010 — “Art and Abolition: The Road to Imagining and Building the World We Need.” A Poetic Justice Initiative Talk by Patrisse Cullors, artist, abolitionist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. RSVP

  • April 26, 4-6 p.m., Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517 — “Social What? Campaign Launch Party.” The School of Social Ecology's roots date back to 1970 and this is a ’70s themed party so wear your grooviest threads and join us. Highlights: Dean Jon Gould talks about our school's origins and vision for the future, a '70s costume contest, a far-out photo booth, trivia contest, dancing and free T-shirts for the first 200 guests! RSVP
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New chief fundraiser

Stacy Skwarlo, a leading fundraiser for community-based and healthcare organizations, has been named executive director of development for the School of Social Ecology, effective April 17.
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New assistant dean

Jennifer dos Santos joined the School of Social Ecology in January as senior assistant dean. Before joining our school, the UCI alumna was the chief administrative officer for UCI’s Mathematics Department.
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