Social science

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UC San Diego approves new undergraduate degree in Black Diaspora and African American Studies

The new degree will not only enhance academic offerings but will foster collaborative study regarding the current experiences and histories of people of African descent.

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How to resocialize after the pandemic

COVID-19 took a toll on our relationships. Understanding why might help us come back together.

César Chávez

Historical photographs of César Chávez available through UC Merced library

The UC Merced Library holds intimate portraits of labor leader, community organizer, businessman and Latino American civil rights activist César Chávez.

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Is this the age of the vaccine passport?

Experts look at the potential impact of the passports, which are likely to permeate travel, education and the workplace.

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What are kids actually learning from popular TV?

A 50-year survey shows the values kids learn have changed from decade to decade, often reflecting shifts in the broader culture.

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New study reveals the ‘hidden costs’ of being Black in the U.S.

Near-daily discrimination takes a measurable toll on Black men, who do not enjoy the same improvements in physical and mental health that white men experience with higher incomes.

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A mass exodus from California? Not exactly, says new UC Berkeley study

But one particular area has experienced a lot of departures, researchers say.

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Mentoring by text message

More than 1,600 mentors stepped up in four months to help their fellow students feel connected.

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6 ways to manage coronavirus depression

Knowing what depression looks like and how to manage it can help prevent you from slipping into dark moods.

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Partners help us feel more connected during pandemic

But a pair of UC Riverside studies finds that kids and pets don't offset isolation from social distancing, nor do video chats.