Politics & public policy

Public college leaders unite in effort to graduate more students

UC President Napolitano joins CSU, community college leaders in pledging to streamline transfers and call on state to reinvest in higher education.
G. Cristina Mora

I say Hispanic. You say Latino. How did the whole thing start?

Sociologist traces the commercial, political and cultural interests that colluded in the 1970s to create a national Hispanic identity.
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Tackling urban problems with Big Data

From the classroom to the city, a UC Berkeley planning professor/entrepreneur is using Big Data to make a difference in urban life.

UC sponsors bill to close financial aid gap for undocumented students

Legislation would create an educational loan program for students who meet eligibility requirements under California state law AB 540.
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Labor expert weighs in on new Cesar Chavez biopic

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, project director with the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, talks about the first biopic to feature the iconic Chicano labor leader.

Students use alternative spring break to grow

There are plenty of UCLA students who are spending the week of spring break enhancing their suntans and frolicking at traditional meccas of fun to decompress. But spring break also represents another kind of opportunity for students who have opted to travel to other destinations. Think Detroit.

At the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, 10 graduate students have chosen to spend the week in the downtrodden Motor City to learn firsthand from city officials and leaders about the pain of insolvency and collapse of urban infrastructure.

Dave Wernick

Grad research: backbone of UC innovation

Grad students travel to Sacramento to share work vital to meeting the needs of the state and its citizens.

Symposium examines NAFTA at 20

Art, culture, politics and economics intersect at Mexico Moving Forward event.

Berkeley’s Wikipedian-in-residence is a first

Scores of Cal undergrads are working to research and write articles for Wikipedia. Their coach is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at a U.S. college or university.

Great Recession pushes millions of adult children home

In California, older adults are paying a steep price for housing their boomerang kids.