IRLE NEWS | JUNE 5, 2019

A Stellar Year

IRLE's stellar year began with a lively fall reception, followed by visiting lecturers on issues such as myths about the future of work and research presentations from staff and students. In 2018-19, we:
  • Hosted over 20 lunch and evening events
  • Funded 24 faculty with research grants
  • Provided faculty grant assistance: $2.8 million in applications and $3.3 million in funds management
  • Were awarded $8.7 million in new multi-year awards from external funders to support IRLE and our Centers!

Celebrating Our Students

Nearly 200 talented Berkeley students are directly involved with IRLE each year. They bring new ideas and perspectives, hard questions, and important research. We're proud to support them on their path to excellence!  In 2018-19:
  • Six dissertation fellows won support from IRLE
  • 15 undergraduate and graduate students won IRLE funds for their own research projects
  • 22 International PhD students and visiting faculty called IRLE offices home
  • 40 students learned valuable research skills in apprenticeships with Berkeley faculty through IRLE, and presented their findings in our fall and spring showcases
  • 44 students attended the Navigating Cal course, which helps first generation and transfer students find their footing at Berkeley
  • 80 students enrolled in one of our three Labor Studies courses, offered through GSPP
  • 12 took part in the Labor Studies graduate program course, including a government official from Singapore
  • Daily Cal student journalists wrote five stories about IRLE and Labor Center research on issues from the uninsured to low wage workers
  • 51 students worked as researchers on projects at IRLE
  • 10 work study students supported IRLE communications, events, and administration

Latest News

New IRLE Policy Brief: Finding Work After Contact with the Carceral System

This new brief looks at research by Sandra Smith which examines how ineffective job search methods make finding employment difficult for the system-involved.

The People Lab has launched!

IRLE is hosting the People Lab - a new endeavor (and website) by affiliate faculty member Elizabeth Linos. People Lab designs and evaluates strategies to better recruit, retain, and motivate public servants.

IRLE mourns the passing of former Institute Director Ray Miles

Berkeley professor emeritus Raymond Miles passed away in May in Albany, California. He was 86.

New Research

Investing in Early Care and Education: The Economic Benefits for California

More investment in ECE could add hundreds of thousands of women to California’s labor force, according to a new Labor Center report.

Prison time has little bearing on long-term public safety

The latest study by IRLE faculty affiliate David Harding suggests that imprisoning individuals who are eligible for probation is an ineffective long-term solution for violence prevention. 

Media Coverage

Op-Ed: Why Newsom’s budget proposal won’t do enough for young kids
San Francisco Chronicle | May 29, 2019
Marcy Whitebook and Lea Austin’s tough words for the Gov’s policy

How to End the Child-Care Crisis
New York Times | May 24, 2019
Quotes CSCCE’s 2018 Early Childhood Workforce Index

$15 minimum wage is a win for the working poor.
Courant  | May 18, 2019
Features CWED study on the effects of a $15 minimum wage in California

Aiding low-wage workers is a matter of life and death – literally
The Hill  | May 7, 2019
Anna Godoey and Michael Reich (CWED) op-ed on their NBER working paper

Wage gap between teachers and other college graduates exacerbates teacher shortages
Ed Source  | May 1, 2019
Quotes Sylvia Allegretto, CWED

Text & Tunes - Megan Collins, Shift Project

Who: Megan Collins, Project Manager of the Shift Project at IRLE.

Working on: I coordinate data collection activities and personnel, monitor local and state legislation, and generally keep things shipshape. And I tweet! #Plug for @Shift_UCB.
On my nightstand: I just finished There There by Tommy Orange (powerful), and am about to start My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. I’m also in the middle of moving and have been finding and reading old papers and doodles from my childhood.
Listening to: Podcasts: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, 10 Things That Scare Me, or The Daily at 1.5x speed.  Music: The Umbrella Academy soundtrack was my spring fling, Hamilton is my workout track, Elvis Perkins’s “Doomsday” at full volume is the theme song for my heart and the song they’ll play when I die.
Megan on vacation in Ein Gedi, Israel
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UC Berkeley
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