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CSUSB professor interviewed about work life in a post-pandemic world
The Sun/Southern California News Group
March 10, 2021

Christina Hassija, professor and interim chair of Cal State San Bernardino’s Department of Psychology, was interviewed for an article about society reopening a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced sweeping changes, including remote learning and working from home for many. Some things may not go back to the way they were.

As for returning to the office, Hassija said she believes most want to. “As human beings, we all have a need for social interaction,” she said. “And the workplace provides that.”

That’s not to say it won’t be a bumpy transition because going back will mean dressing formally again, in some cases, and contending with traffic, she said.

“Life was so stressful before,” Hassija said. “It will take some time to adjust to the life that we were used to because it has been so long.”

Read the complete article at “For some Southern Californians, coronavirus pandemic routines here to stay.”

Retired CSUSB professor says getting the COVID-19 vaccine ‘wasn’t bad at all’
Precinct Reporter
March 11, 2021

Fear of needles, among other things, didn’t stop Mildred Henry, CSUSB professor emerita, education, from being first in line at Community Hospital of San Bernardino to get her first COVID-19 shot recently.

Any hesitation she might have felt was offset by watching the rise of the daily death toll, lately about 2,400 a day in the U.S.

Her last jab was March 9, but this time, she was a pro.

“Just the thought of a needle hurts, but I decided I better go on and get it while the getting is good,” said Henry, an education advocate. “It wasn’t bad at all.”

Whatever reservations she had didn’t outweigh the devastation she sees in the Black community of those who have lost loved ones through the pandemic.

Side effects were a concern, but she had none. One of her friends is 101 years old, Thelma Earl of San Bernardino, had the shot and is doing fine.

“I heard a couple of instances on the news, but I didn’t know anyone who had side effects,” said Henry said. “Several of us talked and we were all reluctant. Two people I knew took it and they had no effects.”

Read the complete article at “No time to wait: Vaccines ramp up.”

Anti-Asian hate crimes rose nearly 150% in major U.S. cities last year, CSUSB study says
CBS News
March 11, 2021

new study based on police department statistics across major U.S. cities found a nearly 150% surge in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020, while overall hate crimes fell by 7%. The numbers reflect a growing trend of discrimination against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

The report, released this week by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, examined hate crimes in 16 of America's largest cities, found the first spikes rose alongside COVID-19 cases in March and April. 

Professor Brian Levin, who co-authored the hate crime study, said the numbers identify a trend but reflect "vast underreporting" of these crimes. As states lift COVID-19 restrictions, he anticipates a rise in hate crimes against other groups but predicts attacks against Asian Americans will decline, before plateauing at a level higher than before the pandemic. 

Read the report and watch the online video report at “Anti-Asian hate crimes rose nearly 150% in major U.S. cities last year.”

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