Support the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues to foster interdisciplinary research on the topics that shape our world today.
The Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the wide array of issues that permeate public debate, politics, and policy throughout contemporary American society. Although much of the Institute's scholarship is focused on American society, international events and issues that impact American social life are also studied. The Institute is made up of multiple centers that initiate multidisciplinary research projects on a range of topics related to social change, right-wing movements, indigenous and Native American issues, ethnography, social medicine, and Latino policy. In addition to developing new research initiatives, the Centers provide training in new and innovative social science methodological tools, produce research monographs, sponsor colloquia and conferences, and collect and archive national, state and local data sets for public use.
Your gift to Friends of ISSI may be designated to support one or more of ISSI's Centers or Programs:
Center for Ethnographic Research, which promotes and supports interdisciplinary research on social issues using ethnographic methods.Center for Research on Social Change, which promotes and supports interdisciplinary research on social change.
Interdisciplinary Research Group on Privacy, a semester long, discovery-oriented, research (and professional) skills training program focuses on the review, discussion, translation, and dissemination of privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity knowledge to the public.
Night Out/Night Off, an initiative to diversity the performing arts experience from the people in the audience to professionals on and behind the stage. Night Out/Night Off pays for UCB graduate students to attend performances in the Bay Area, building community and providing access to the arts.
(Please specify how you would like to direct your gift in the comments box on the giving page.)
Your gift to the Graduate Fellows Program will be used to provide training and mentorship to a new generation of scholars engaged in research on race, ethnicity, gender and class in the United States.
Your gift to the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine will be used to support established scholars and graduate student engaged in new and vital research on social medicine.
Your gift to the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies will support both established scholars and graduate and undergraduate students who are engaged in new and vital research on right-wing movements on a wide range of geographical contexts.
Your gift to the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues will support graduate and undergraduate students who are engaged in new and vital research on issues that affect Indian country.
Your gift to the Indigenous Cultures and Languages Program will be used to cover expenses related to offering intensive Indigenous language classes and cultural exchanges, so that classes may remain free and open to students and members of the public. This program is a collaboration between the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley student group Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl and the community based groups Panquetzaliztli and Nahui-Ehecatl.
Your gift to the Kids First - David L. Kirp Prize supports this annual award to a UC Berkeley undergraduate who has developed innovative strategies to increase opportunities for children and youth or whose personal experience demonstrates a commitment to improving the future of children and youth.
Your gift to the Thomas I. Yamashita Prize supports this annual award to an outstanding young activist. The honoree’s work provides a solid foundation for social change and builds lasting bridges between the academy and the community.
Your gift to Friends of the Latinx Research Center supports this interdisciplinary and transAmericas research center to address social, cultural, economic, and political inequality affecting the diverse Latinx population of the United States.
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