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Black male students coalesce for success at CSUSB
Black Voice News
Sept. 14, 2020

In the Jack H. Brown College at California State University, San Bernardino “Black Education Matters.”

During the 2018-19 academic year, 5 percent of California State University students were African-American and although educational institutions have worked to maintain diversity and inclusion of students, employees, and staff, they continue to fall short in this regard.

Francisca Beer, professor, associate dean and director of the CSUSB Jack H. Brown College Office of Academic Equity stressed how despite what institutions have talked about regarding diversity, inclusion and equity, “As far as Black men are concerned, we have in fact made very little progress in the college.”

“If you look at data [provided] by the National Center for Education and Statistics for last year or the year before,” she explained, “you will see Black men are all the way down at the bottom among men who go to college, that we retain in college, and who graduate in a timely manner.” Statistics like these, she admitted, caused her to be alarmed. She even reflected on the lack of diversity in her own teaching experience at the school.

“I realized as a finance professor, 99.9 % of the time I am the only Black woman in the department, let alone a Black man. I know the University and the college are actively working to recruit a more diverse group of faculty members. We have a new grant, the ADVANCE grant that is focusing on such recruitment. One of the goals of the office is to support the university.”

Read the complete article at “Black male students coalesce for success at CSUSB.”

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Discussion about retirement should include how to ‘reframe’ life after work, CSUSB professor says
Journal of Accountancy
Sept. 1, 2020

An article on the news website for accounts included an interview with Kenneth Shultz, CSUSB professor of psychology and co-author of the book, “Happy Retirement: The Psychology of Reinvention.” The article encouraged financial planners to talk about more than just money with their clients who are preparing for retirement, such as how to stay engaged in activities instead of a job.

Some of the more challenging issues can be circumvented if clients have a clearer idea of what to expect in retirement and if they create a plan for filling the space in their life that work once did.

“They need to reframe who they are in terms of what they want to accomplish in their life," said Shultz.  

He also encouraged CPAs to educate themselves and their clients about the psychological aspects of retirement, for instance by encouraging clients to read books on retirement, or by taking retirement workshops and courses.

Read the complete article at Talk about more than money when readying clients for retirement.”

CSUSB professor comments on reports of increasing threats, violence aimed at Republicans
The Washington Times
Sept. 14, 2020

A disturbing increase in threats and violence aimed at Republicans has stoked fears that the American political process is crumbling, which conservatives blame on the left fanning anti-Trump fervor into an out-of-control political blaze.

While no one tracks exact statistics of political violence, a Washington Times review of reported incidents uncovered at least 15 major skirmishes since February. The number is likely greater, however, since so many incidents are unreported.

“The hard left is certainly getting more active,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “We had the first homicide from the far left in many, many years this year.”

Further in the article, he said, “With respect to the individual reporting of specific incidents of intimidation committed against conservatives, they are not given the same level coverage in the mainstream media that maybe some in the niche media would.”  

The media has breathlessly covered the rise in right-wing violence that has emerged over the past few years, largely fueled by white supremacist groups.

Mr. Levin said far-right and far-left extremist violence differ because the leftist incidents appear to be less organized and typically target one or two individuals. Far-right violence, meanwhile, has typically been more deadly as its perpetrators seek to cause mass casualty events.

“The hard-left is a sapling, while the hard-right is an oak,” he said. “But we can no longer say that fatal violence is really just limited to the hard-right, although they look for higher body counts.”

Read the complete article at “Republicans targeted with violence, threats as Election Day looms.”

CSUSB professor writes on the dependence on smartphones and what people can do about it
Psychology Today
Sept. 14, 2020

Anthony Silard, CSUSB professor of public administration, wrote about our attachment to our smartphones, and how we can wean ourselves from it, in his weekly blog, “Art of Living Free,” on the Psychology Today website.

He wrote: “The larger question each of us must answer is how we will develop a healthy relationship with the increasingly less expendable phone we carry around with us just about every waking moment—touching it, on average, over 2,600 times each and every day of our lives. (That’s the average: 10 percent of us touch our phones over 5,400 times daily.)”

Read the complete article atDo you enjoy your phone or feel trapped by it?

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