UCR Hosts Immigration, Poverty Conference May 5

School of Public Policy events in May also will address educational challenges in Riverside County and reconsidering investments in medical care and biomedical research

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The relationship between immigration and poverty will be examined in a one-day conference at the School of Public Policy on May 5.

RIVERSIDE, California – Some poor immigrants improve their economic circumstances during their lifetime, but many more remain stuck in poverty. The relationship between immigration and poverty is understudied and not well-understood, and will be examined in a one-day conference at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy on Friday, May 5.

The Immigration and Poverty Conference is one of several events presented by the School of Public Policy (SPP) in May, including presentations by Riverside County’s superintendent of instruction and a distinguished medical researcher. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Six experts will address topics ranging from the impact of e-verify laws to immigrants and social mobility at the May 5 conference, which is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Humanities 1500. Reservations are required as seating is limited and may be made online . Parking for this event is free in Lot 1. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

The conference, presented by SPP and the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, will focus on the poverty of immigrants, how immigrations may influence poverty, how immigrants escape poverty, and how policies focused on immigration may alleviate or even worsen poverty for immigrants and others.

“Despite the fact that immigrants experience considerable deprivation and are often excluded from social policies, immigrant poverty has been woefully neglected by scholars and policymakers,” said David Brady, professor of public policy and director of the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty. “We will discuss the role of public policies, education and schools, assimilation, social mobility, and labor markets. There is no region in the U.S. that is more relevant to immigrant poverty than Southern California. To understand poverty and inequality in Southern California, it is essential to understand immigrant poverty and the economic inequalities connected to immigration.”

The conference schedule is:

  • 9 a.m. – Ed Telles, UC Santa Barbara, “Third Generation Disadvantage: Economic Outcome and Generations Since Immigration”
  • 9:55 a.m. – Maria Rendon, UC Irvine, “Getting Ahead: The Cultural Outlooks of Inner City Latino Young Men”
  • 11:05 a.m. – Gary Painter, USC, “Immigrants and Social Mobility”
  • 1:15 p.m. – Madeline Zavodny, Agnes Scott College, “The Effects of E-Verify Laws”
  • 2:10 p.m. – Frank Bean and Susan Brown, UC Irvine, “Cross-Generational Integration and Poverty Among Mexican Immigrants and Their Descendants”
  • 3:20 p.m. – Abel Valenzuela, UCLA
Judy D. White

Judy D. White

On Tuesday, May 9, Judy White, Riverside County superintendent of schools, will discuss “Challenges Keep Coming: the Future of Riverside County Education” as part of the Randall Lewis Seminar Series, presented by the SPP’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development. The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Engineering Research and Technology, 1084 Columbia Ave., Riverside. Parking is free. Reservations are requested as seating is limited, and may be made online.

The challenges facing the Riverside County Office of Education are immense and ever-changing, White said. New curricular standards, financing uncertainties, and teacher availability are just a few of the problems she navigates. With a budget of $223 million budget and more than 1,600 employees, White said she strives to produce a successful educational outcome for a student population that speaks 57 languages.

White was appointed Riverside County superintendent of schools on Jan. 11, 2017, and leads one of California’s largest county offices. She previously served as deputy superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified School District and superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District. Both the Association of California School Administrators Region 19 and the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators named her Superintendent of the Year for 2017. She holds an administrative credential from UCR and a doctorate in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

Joe Dunn

Joe Dunn

Former California State Senator Joe Dunn, now the assistant dean of external relations at the UC Irvine School of Law, will discuss “Understanding the Strange World of Political Advocacy” on Thursday, May 18, at 12:30 p.m. in Humanities 1500. Reservations are requested as seating is limited, and may be made online. Attendees must purchase a parking permit via a permit dispenser in Lot 24.

At the UCI School of Law, Dunn serves as the primary point person for the launch of the UCI Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute, the Civil Justice Research Institute, and the UCI Institute on Policing in Society.

He was a member of the California State Senate from 1998 to 2006, during which time he chaired key committees such as the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Housing and Transportation Committee. He received international acclaim as chair of the Senate Investigation Committee into the 2001 California Energy Crisis. California Lawyer Magazine called him “the Man Who Cracked Enron.”

Between 2006 and 2014, Dunn served as CEO of both the State Bar of California, the judicial branch regulatory body overseeing all aspects of the profession of law, and the California Medical Association, the most influential state medical organization in the nation, representing more than 30,000 California doctors.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Dunn practiced law, handling products liability litigation involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals, as well as environmental cases. He earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law and his B.A from The College of St. Thomas.

Robert M. Kaplan

Robert M. Kaplan

On Thursday, May 25, Robert M. Kaplan, professor of medicine at Stanford University, will discuss “Overpromised Cures: Why We Need to Rethink Investments in Medical Care and Biomedical Research” at 11:30 a.m. in Interdisciplinary South 1113. The event is co-hosted by SPP, the School of Medicine, and the One Health Center. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online. Attendees must purchase a parking permit via a permit dispenser in Lot 24.

“Health care in the United States is the biggest sector in the largest economy in the history of the world,” Kaplan said. “This year, we will spend nearly $3.2 trillion on health services. In addition, the United States has the largest biomedical research enterprise in the world with annual federal expenditures approaching $35 billion. Despite these large expenditures, health outcomes in the United States are not exceptional. In contrast to other prosperous economies, life expectancies in the United States have been systematically losing ground over the last 35 years.”

Kaplan, who is director of research at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, will challenge the narrative that investments on medical research and medical care are on the right track. The United States needs a shake-up in the dominant paradigm, he believes, and suggests that many public health services may have been under resourced.

He previously served as chief science officer at the U.S. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and associate director of the National Institutes of Health, where he led the behavioral and social sciences programs.  He is also a distinguished emeritus professor of health services and medicine at UCLA and the current Regenstrief Distinguished Fellow at Purdue University.  He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCR.

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