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A First Ever Homecoming for Innovators in the Inland Empire

Riverside, CA - The Inland Empire is a fast-growing region that is teeming with innovation, and much of that innovation centers around the people who were born and raised in the region. Some of our innovators have made a name for themselves in the region, while many others have distinguished themselves in other parts of...
By CSI Staff |
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Equity in Higher Education–The State/Regional Approach

Last year, Governor Newsom signed a historic $47.1 billion higher education package aimed at addressing equity gaps and increasing opportunities for all students in the state. The state has also recently passed legislation addressing disparities in college affordability and accessibility. As California continues to make progress on equity in higher education, data show that these...
By Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside and |

Will redistricting help Black, Latino candidates

"Even though the Inland Empire “has been majority minority for a long time, political representation has not caught up,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a UC Riverside professor of public policy and founder of the Center for Social Innovation at UCR." Read More Here
By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise |

Fewer immigrant workers are coming to fill key jobs. That has slowed the U.S. economy

"My point is, that's good. Labor tightness is good," says Roy Beck, the founder and president of NumbersUSA, a nonprofit in the Washington, D.C., area that pushes for lower levels of immigration, and the author of a new book called Back Of The Hiring Line: A 200-Year History of Immigration Surges, Employer Bias, and Depression...
By Joel Rose, NPR |

The U.S. economy is slowing as fewer immigrant workers come to fill jobs

ROSE: Roy Beck is the head of NumbersUSA, a nonprofit in Washington that pushes for lower levels of immigration. And he's the author of a new book called "Back Of The Hiring Line." BECK: It is proven that you tighten the labor market and wages go up. It always happens. The fact that we had...
By Joel Rose, WAMC Northeast Public Radio |

Southeast Asians are underrepresented in STEM. The label 'Asian' boxes them out more

"Is every Asian American group underrepresented in higher education? Obviously that's not the case," said Janelle Wong, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Maryland and a co-founder of AAPI Data. "Indian and Chinese students are the largest groups applying to these programs. And while they do often face implicit bias on...
By Deepa Shivaram, NPR |

White House adds new initiative for Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian visibility

The White House announced a new initiative Thursday, bringing to the table items that grassroots organizers have long been pushing for — among those, disaggregation of data under the ‘Asian’ umbrella and a more diverse array of language options in federal programs. Spearheaded by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, the White House Initiative...
By Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News |

Aggregated data masks Asian disparities in Maryland and U.S.

For Maryland, “a good first step is to expand current racial identity categories on state forms to include opportunities for respondents to identify not only as Asian or Pacific Islander, but to indicate national origin as well,” said Janelle Wong, an Asian American studies professor at the University of Maryland and a researcher at AAPI...
By Trisha Ahmed, Baltimore Fishbowl |

CSI Executive Director Presents at 2021 Southern California Economic Summit

On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) hosted the 12th annual Southern California Economic Summit virtually, focusing on the theme “From Inclusive Recovery to Inclusive Growth.” The program featured the debut of new research and analysis on the state of the region’s economy, expert commentary on the issue of how to...

Our Salton Sea: Where Theory Meets Practice on Inclusive Economic Development

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to communities across the United States, and especially so for historically marginalized populations and regions. While governments at all levels have tried various means to address these inequities, many of these reforms have proven limited in changing deeply entrenched systems. A look at the history of economic development clearly...

Forecast: Southern California to see uneven recovery through 2022

Southern California has reclaimed 70% of the jobs it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the region’s ongoing recovery will be fraught with labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, equity gaps and inflation, according to a new forecast. The report, prepared by some of the Southland’s top economists, was released Thursday, Dec. 2 during the 12th...
By Kevin Smith, Redlands Daily Facts |

New $165 million state fund to battle anti-Asian hate could come this year

Ting said applications should be released to community organizations this month, with the process overseen by the state Department of Social Services. Elements of the fund include $10 million set-asides in each of several key areas: • The Stop AAPI Hate coalition, which operates a website, based out of UC San Francisco, to track anti-Asian...
By Theresa Walker, The Orange County Register |

Opinion: Democrats Still Don’t Understand Asian American Voters

In the last edition of this newsletter, I wrote about the dilemma that faces progressives who may have problems with changes in education policies and curriculums but don’t want to feed into a nationwide anti-critical race theory panic. Today, I want to dig a bit deeper into that issue by examining how voters and politicians...
By Jay Caspian Kang, The New York Times |

Reported Hate Crimes In LA County Rise To Highest Level In 12 Years

Earlier this year, the prominent policy and research non-profit AAPI Data found that while a quarter of Asian Americans said they’ve experienced at least one anti-Asian hate incident, only about 30% say they were “very comfortable” reporting hate crimes to law enforcement. Attitudes toward law enforcement, in general, have wavered, especially over the last decade...
By Ritchel Mendiola, Asian Journal |

Asian Americans Push for Representation Via Redistricting

In the Assembly, Speaker Jason Frierson, Assistant Majority Whip Sandra Jauregui and Speaker Pro Tempore Steve Yeager represent neighboring districts where the population is 28% to 30% Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. In the state Senate, Democrats Dallas Harris and Melanie Scheible's abutting districts are 31% and 27% Asian American, Native Hawaiian and...
By Sam Metz (Associated Press), US News |

Asian Americans were elected to lead 3 cities as mayor. Here’s what made that possible.

“What you’re seeing now is the aging of the second generation, those who are the children of immigrants, and they form the backbone of most of these mayoral candidates,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder and director of the policy research nonprofit group AAPI Data, told NBC Asian America. “You’re also seeing the ‘graduation,’ if you will, of...
By Kimmy Yam and Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News |

Editorial: Change California recall rules — but don’t take power away from the people

Another, perhaps more palatable option to voters (and more applicable to other statewide officers, who don’t have elected understudies) would be to separate the recall and the replacement ballots — that is, hold a recall election and if the elected official is removed, then hold a second election later to choose the replacement. Yes, this...
By The Times Editorial Board, The Los Angeles Times |

California Politics: Who wants to fix recall elections?

Over the course of several elections in the mid-20th century, California voters were persuaded to make constitutional changes through omnibus proposals placed on the statewide ballot — nips and tucks to modernize the state’s governing blueprint. Could that happen again when it comes to the recall? Witnesses at the two hearings urged caution about any...
By John Myers, Los Angeles Times |

Anti-Asian hate crimes rose 73% last year, updated FBI data says

Graphic videos of attacks on Asian elders and a shooting that killed six women of Asian descent at spas in the Atlanta area in March reopened national conversations on Asian American civil rights and led many to ask what it takes to constitute a hate crime. They can be hard to prosecute, experts say, and...
By Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News |

Editorial: We shouldn’t still be squabbling over affirmative action

Last week, U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled against the so-called Students for Fair Admissions in its lawsuit alleging that UNC discriminates against white and Asian applicants. This is one of three ongoing suits filed by the organization attacking affirmative action policies, including one against Harvard University that is currently under review by the Supreme...
By Editorial Board, The Daily Tar Heel |