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CSU honors Cal State San Bernardino professor for leadership to advance student success
Aug. 28, 2019
The California State University has recognized Montgomery Van Wart, a professor of public administration at Cal State San Bernardino, as one of 19 faculty members who will receive the CSU's Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award (FILA).
Van Wart, who has taught at the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration since 2005, will be among the faculty honored for having demonstrated extraordinary leadership to advance student success at the CSU. 
Read the complete article at “CSU honors professor for leadership to advance student success.”

CSUSB professor awarded for service
Precinct Reporter
Aug. 29, 2019
Angie Denisse Otiniano Verissimo, an associate professor in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology at Cal State San Bernardino, was selected for the Wilmer Amina Carter Award from Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino) office for her continued service to the Inland Empire community.
She received the award during Reyes’ 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony and Art Showcase in downtown San Bernardino.
The 30 Under 30 program was established by former Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, a CSUSB alumna and retired CSUSB staff member.
Read the complete article at “CSUSB professor awarded for service.”

CSUSB professor explains why teaching about and remembering the Holocaust is important
Los Angeles Times
Aug. 29, 2019
Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was quoted in an article about Holocaust survivors who share their stories at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the Museum of Tolerance. The article comes in the wake of news reports of teens appropriating Nazi salutes and other symbols and customs, and a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes.
Knowledge of the Nazi atrocities among young people is decreasing.
“Time, fragmented online echo chambers and ignorance have enabled bigotry and Holocaust denial a renaissance,” said Levin.
Read the complete article at “As anti-Semitic crimes rise and Holocaust awareness fades, a survivor is always ready to speak.”

Better reporting of hate crimes from vulnerable communities needed, CSUSB professor says
KPCC Radio (Pasadena)
Aug. 28, 2019
While the Los Angeles Police Department investigates a possible hate crime involving two transgender women who were forcefully removed after an altercation with another party at a downtown Los Angeles bar recently, the newscast interviewed Brian Levin, director of the Cal State San Bernardino Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, for some context.
The incident comes not long after the center released its latest study on hate crimes in major U.S. cities, which reported a sharp rise in hate crimes against the LGBTQ community of Los Angeles in the past year.
Levin said the data only shows the number of reported incident, and that actual number may be higher because some victims may be reluctant to go to the police.
“We can always use better reporting, particularly from communities that feel particularly vulnerable,” he said. “Numbers there are often time smaller than what the overall totals would be organically.”
Listen to the segment at “07:05 KPCC-FM (Radio).”

CSUSB center report shows increase in hate crimes in San Antonio, Texas
KSAT TV (San Antonio, Texas)
Aug. 27, 2019
 A recent study from California State University shows that hate crimes in 2018 went up by 9% nationwide and went up by 100% in San Antonio. 
The study says in 2017, San Antonio had four hate crimes, and that number went up to eight hate crimes in 2018. Compared to San Antonio, Philadelphia had 43 hate crimes and San Diego had 41 hate crimes.
A San Antonio rabbi who was a victim of a hate crime says the community needs to teach tolerance to prevent further crimes.
Watch the related online video segment at “Study finds hate crimes rose by 100% in San Antonio in 2018.”

Social media not only radicalizes extremists, but also provides an archive of ‘a folkloric warrior narrative,’ CSUSB professor says
Daily Kos
Aug. 27, 2019
An article examining Russian online disinformation campaigns influencing and exploiting far-right extremists included a brief interview with  Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
What has caught everyone off guard is the speed with which the phenomenon is spreading.
“In pre-Internet days, the violent extremist act itself of neo-Nazis and white supremacists was considered messaging and labeled ‘propaganda of the deed,’”  Levin told Daily Kos.
“Today, sociopaths, particularly ideological ones, are seeing social media not just as a radicalizing and messaging tool, but also as an archive of a folkloric warrior narrative,” he continued. “Once they too act out, they have a link to notorious killers of the past, where their new manifestos are inscribed in a continuing perverse online subculture of scripted violence.”
Read the complete article at “Far-right terrorism is now a global phenomenon, with help from Russia.”

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