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'Health equity tourists': How white scholars are colonizing research on health disparities [statnews.com]

By Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, September 23, 2021 F ueled by the massive health disparities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic and the racial reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd, health equity research is now in vogue. Journals are clamoring for it, the media is covering it, and the National Institutes of Health, after publicly apologizing for giving the field short shrift, recently announced it would unleash nearly $100 million for research on the topic. This would seem to be...

New program allows incarcerated students to get bachelor’s degrees alongside peers on the outside (calmatters.org)

Fifteen years ago, Kenny Butler was at a low point. He had just been sentenced to life in prison. Now Butler, 47, is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree through a new program at Pitzer College, a small private liberal arts school in Southern California. The program, which began last December and which the school says is the first of its kind in the nation, is based on Inside Out curriculum — a type of teaching that brings college students and professors into prisons to learn alongside...

What Is Life Like Now for the Pandemic Generation? (Greater Good Magazine)

© UC Berkeley photo by Keegan Houser Challenge and crisis have shaped the lives of today's college students. Where do they go from here? Students by the hundreds were streaming through Sather Gate on a brilliant morning last week at UC Berkeley, en route to class, or the library, or the familiar comforts of the Free Speech Café. It was such a pleasant scene, so familiar, and yet for Brianna Rivera, a senior in English, it was skewing a little strange. She was walking to her first class of...

Colleges rush to sign students up for food stamps, as pandemic rules make more eligible [calmatters.org]

By Alejandra Salgado, Cal Matters, August 23, 2021 This past school year, Madeline Waters struggled to find a way to pay for food while also studying for classes. As a nutrition major at Sacramento State, she wasn’t unfamiliar with what skipping meals could mean for her academic career. So this spring she applied, yet again, for food stamps. “I was really hungry, and my brain cells were barely functioning,” she said. “I was trying to get food and I’d fill out the paperwork and I was trying...

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