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  • IRRPP congratulates Administrative Council Member Professor Alfred W. Tatum, Interim Dean of College of Education, for his recognition by the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks as a 2014 Black History Maker.
  • February's Scholar Spotlight is on Paul Scheue and Phoenix Matthews and their work with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Center on Halsted, the Anti-Defamation League, and Chicago's Police Department, resulting in the report Hate Crimes Against LGBT People in Chicago.
  • Dr. Barbara Ransby, director of UIC's Social Justice Initiative and a member of IRRPP's Executive Board, is leading a study abroad session this summer in London called London's Black and South Asian Communities: Politics, Culture and History.
    Application deadline: March 21, 2014. Study abroad dates are from June 5th- July 5th, 2014.
  • A study seeks participants to understand the influence of minority stress in the lives of gay and lesbian couples.
  • Job announcement: IRRPP is looking for a Student Marketing Assistant to begin working in May. Apply by April 1.
  • Job announcement: UIC's Asian American Resource and Cultural Center is looking for a new director.
  • In honor of Black History Month, OutHistory.org is featuring biographies of Black LGBTQ and ally individuals.
  • IRRPP Director Beth Richie spoke at the Center on Halsted in the Lavender University Lecture Series about "the ways that the prison industrial complex has served to exacerbate violence against Black women" on 02/01/14.
  • IRRPP Director Beth Richie asks and answers "how do anti-violence activism and prison abolition politics get politically reconciled when the movements have been so set apart from one another?" in an article for The Feminist Wire: How Anti-violence Activism Taught Me to Become a Prison Abolitionist.
  • Dr. Miriam Ezenwa, an IRRPP faculty fellow, in UIC's College of Nursing is part of a research team that recieved a Campus Research Board grant for their project "Feasibility of a stress reduction intervention study in sickle cell disease."
  • This is a reminder to check IRRPP's scholarship index page for information on scholarships and fellowships.
    • Brown University: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Race & the Environment applications are due by February 15th.
    • Rue Bucher Memorial Award for qualitative doctoral research applications are due March 10th.
  • A Study seeks college educated black women for interviews about dating patterns.
  • January's Scholar Spotlight is on Pauline Lipman and her work with with Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) about the impacts of Chicago Public School policies on Walter H. Dyett High School in Bronzeville – a school voted to be phased out for poor performance.
  • Nelson Mandela with a DoveThe Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Club (MABPW), met at IRRPP to discuss their archived interview projects and explore future actions.
    Photograph by Kathryn Haviland, Voces Primeras
  • A study by the Battered Women's Justice Project of researcher - practitioner collaborations has yeilded strategies for successful collaborative projects. One example is "establish a formal agreement at the outset. Document roles and expectations; safety and confidentiality; and expected products and dissemination." Learn more.
  • Nelson Mandela with a DoveIRRPP joins the international social justice community to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela. We continue to be inspired by his leadership and vision for equality and his dedication to the struggle against racist & political oppression.
  • Melissa Harris-Perry, Political Science Professor at Tulane and MSNBC host, has included Beth Richie's book Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women in her Black Feminist Reading List.
  • The Sentencing Project has released an infographic fact sheet about the rapid increase in incarceration and racial disparities in the US.
  • A scholarship index of funds availible to minority students and those studying race & ethnicity has been added to our Funding page.
  • The Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy would like to express its sympathy and support for the people of the Phillipines who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

    UIC’s student organization Fillipinos In Alliance is holding a clothing and non-perishable food drive to assist typhoon survivors. To donate, please drop-off your contributions in the donation box outside of the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (ARRCC), located at 101 Taft Hall. Donations will be accepted during business hours. ARRCC will also be posting updates on donation drives on their Web and Facebook sites.
  • Lulu Martinez, a UIC Student who was among the Dream 9 immigration activists earlier this year, has been named by Chicago Magazine as one of the five Chicagoans of the Year (2013).
  • IRRPP has published a newsletter featuring the accomplishments over the past year of our sponsored researchers, activists, and organizations. Come to our office to pick up a copy!
  • Photo galleries are now online for the Feminist Book Celebration and The Social Cost of America's Race to Incarcerate lecture.
  • Alan Detlaff (UIC, Social Work), IRRPP grant recipient, has won a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services for his new research project 3/40 BLUEPRINT: Creating the Blueprint to Reduce LGBTQ Youth Homelessness. The project is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

    Detlaff seeks a 50% graduate research assistant appointment Project Coordinator, this is a position with a tuition waiver that is available immediately through September 2016. Preferred qualifications include project management experience, organizational skills, experience conducting literature reviews, and strong writing skills. Interested candidates can contact Dr. Alan Dettlaff, Principal Investigator, at aland@uic.edu.
  • Beth Richie was spotted at the IUPLR welcome party with UIC Professor Barbra Ransby and UIC Board of Trustee member Ric Estrada:
    IUPLR party
  • Disproportionate minority contact is the subject of an essay inspired by IRRPP's upcoming Marc Mauer lecture The Social Cost of America's Race to Incarcerate on 11/07/13.
  • The Chicago Reporter interviewed Troy Duster, prominent sociologist and grandson of Ida B. Wells after a lecture he gave at UIC about civic engagement, higher education, and social justice on 10/10/13.
  • IRRPP's new neighbor, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) has a new newsletter issue about their new location at UIC and their new director, Maria de los Angeles Torres.
  • IRRPP has a new brochure, which explains who we are and what we do. Pick up a copy at our office for yourself or to share with others. Also, we are introducing a series of reports called Featured Research in which we summarize the work of individuals whose work we have funded.
  • The National Science Foundation awarded funding to IRRPP Director Beth Richie for her upcoming "Workshop on Women, Immigration, and Incarceration." The workshop, happening in 2014, will explore the common factors that lead to the mass incarceration of women and the gendered dimensions of immigrant enforcement, detention, and deportation. 

    The project will result in an edited volume of theoretical and empirical papers, a policy-oriented paper, and an incubation of two or more collaborative research projects between researchers who investigate questions of race/ethnicity, gender, policy, and law. An audience of community leaders, affected families, and elected officials will be invited to a public event, where they will be exposed to and respond to the topics being raised, and contribute to an ongoing engaged research agenda on mass incarceration and the effects of immigration policy on women.
  • Beth Richie will be the keynote speaker for CONVERGE! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, a conference at the University of Miami School of Law.
  • The national Critical Ethnic Studies Conference hosted by IRRPP at the UIC Forum was a huge success. Over 1,000 speakers generated ideas and debates that will resonate in the work and lives of the conference's many attendees.
  • The Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy is now accepting applications for Faculty Fellowships, Faculty Scholars, and Policy and Social Engagement Fellowships. These awards provide support to UIC faculty members engaged in policy-relevant and community based research on race and/or ethnicity.
  • IRRPP Board Member Alicia Matthews (Nursing) is part of a research team that has received a $20,000 Ignite Proposal Development Initiative grant from UIC's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR). The research team will study the access to and engagement in substance abuse and HIV prevention and treatment among transgendered women of color.
  • Jennifer Brier (Gender & Womens Studies), an IRRPP funded scholar, has also been awarded a grant, the Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), for a collaborative project, History Moves: How to Design a Community-Engaged Public History Project on Wheels.
  • Francesca Gaiba, IRRPP's Associate Director for Research, recently passed the Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA) exam. The CPRA body of knowledge covers four areas:
           •   Research Partnership and Funding
           •   Project Development and Proposal Submission
          •    Budget Design and Development
           •   Awards and Pre-award Compliance Considerations
  • 8/28/13 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Learn more about this march of over 250,000 people at the Zinn Education Project.
  • A report by UIC professor of Urban Planning Nik Theodore was referenced in the New York Times article A Brighter Line on Immigration Policing. Theodore's full report, Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement, may also be read online.
  • Erica R. Meiners (Gender and Women’s Studies and Education, Northeastern Illinois University), Traci Schlesinger (Sociology, DePaul) and Beth Richie discussed the Trayvon Martin case in the context of transformative justice at the Hull House on 8/15/13.
    Learn more about the event and listen to the discussion below.
  • Pamela Quiroz, professor of sociology, and Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, associate professor of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies, have been selected as the co-editors of Social Problems (University of California Press, 1953-2013), the official publication of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and one of the leading sociology journals. 
  • Ryan Viloria, IRRPP's Office Manager, was interviewed by the Windy City Times about his attendance of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) summit in Hawaii.
  • UIC student Lulu Martinez is one of the Dream 9 activists held in an Arizona detention center for civil disobedience about the U.S. immigration system. 60+ UIC faculty members have signed a press release urging Obama and other politicians to free these students.
    UPDATE: Martinez and the other Dream 9 students have been released. Watch an interview with Martinez about the deportation.
  • A press release from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids underscores the importance of Rahm Emanuel's steps with the Chicago Board of Health and the Chicago Department of Health to begin a menthol tobacco prevention ad campaign.
  • Marc Mauer, Director of The Sentencing Project, is coming to UIC on November 7th. Read his response to the Trayvon Martin case.
  • Beth Richie will be a panelist in the Goodman Theater's July 17th event The Price We Pay: The Costs of Deportation and Mass Incarceration which compliments the Albany Park Theatre Project's Home/Land. The other panelists are Elena Quintana (Adler School of Professional Psychology) and Reyna Wences (Immigrant Youth Justice League). RSVP required.
  • Lorena Garcia, an IRRPP Faculty Scholar funding recipient, is the 2013 winner of the ASA (American Sociological Association) Race, Gender and Class Section's Distinguished Book Award for her book Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself.
  • Beth Richie was interviewed by Windy City Times about her book Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation.
  • Beth Richie and Lisa Brock (Director, Arcus Center of Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College) have written Our Sister, Assata Shakur: Life, Struggle, Justice, and Love for The Feminist Wire, about the unjust listing of the activist Assata Shakur on the US Most Wanted Terrorist List.
  • Alan Dettlaff, associate professor at UIC's Jane Addams College of Social Work, has created the Migration and Child Welfare National Network to study and improve the programs and policies related to immigrants involved in the public child welfare system.
  • The Chicago Justice Project: IRRPP's Director Beth Richie will join Chicago activists, judges, journalists, lawyers, police, and educators in a panel about Documenting Violence Against Women on May 28th.

  • Beth Richie was the commencement speaker at UIC's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2013 graduation ceremony.
    download Read her speech, watch the video (her speech begins at 36:25), and visit our gallery (coming soon).
  • IRRPP has a new donate page, with a brand new fund for our annual Bowman Lecture, and a general fund for IRRPP.
  • Beth Richie received an honorary degree from CUNY School of Law.
  • Brenda Parker (one of our Faculty Scholars) and her research on urban homesteaders is featured on UIC's News Center.
  • 5 IRRPP Directors, past and current!
    From left to right, Connie Dallas, Kevin Kumashiro, Beth Richie, Phil Bowman and Cedric Herring.
    Five past and current IRRPP directors
  • A Victory for Women, but Which Women?
    Beth Richie (IRRPP Director), Sarah Deer (professor of law at William Mitchell College), and Lisalin Jacobs (Government Relations VP at Legal Momentum) discuss the merits and blind spots of the Violence Against Women Act in an interview.
  • IRRPP Director Beth Richie has a new book:
    "Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation."
    Lectures by Beth Richie and discussions of this book happened in Chicago, Berkeley, and New York.
  • IRRPP Faculty Fellow Federico Waitoller discusses educational reforms on WTTW's Chicago Tonight show.