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CSUSB professor discusses increasing crimes against houses of worship
Oct. 26, 2021

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for a segment on the program “Axios Today” that discussed the rising incidents of hate incidents aimed at houses of worship. From Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples to Catholic churches and Muslim mosques, houses of worship this year are experiencing high levels of vandalism, arson and other property damage. According to early numbers, 2021 is on track to be a record year for hate crimes in the U.S., and many of those are linked to religious bigotry.

“The communal institutions, which hold us together traditionally —academia, arms of government, the media, the medical establishment, and now, religious institutions are held in low esteem relative to decades prior, right? So when there are disputes or questions about authority, there's always a place for someone of faith to be scapegoated,” Levin said.

“One thing though, that I want to point out that's been occurring, is that when there's political conflict, it is now translating over, in other words, it's bubbling over. It's not only affecting one group and that's something that's a little different now. So we have a series of catalysts. They can be political, it can be religious holidays and even conflicts among faith communities in other parts of the world that translate here.”

Listen to the segment at “Crimes against houses of worship are on the rise.”

CSUSB Cybersecurity Center targets increasing cyber workforce
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
Oct. 25, 2021

Through its innovative programs and partnerships CSUSB's Cybersecurity Center is dedicated to increasing the number of professionals the cyber workforce.

The center’s executive director, Tony Coulson, in testifying before a congressional subcommittee in July, said the nation is in a crisis situation of needing 500,000 people to fill jobs in the cyber workforce. "Let that number sink in," Coulson told the lawmakers. "That's an absurd number. If this was doctors and nurses, there would be a national outcry."

But the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center has been dedicated to changing that by bringing more awareness to the problem through its work with federal agencies, other colleges and universities and businesses to create state-of-the-art programs and partnerships for cybersecurity education, training, internships, jobs and most recently apprenticeships.

Read the complete article at “Cybersecurity Center targets increasing cyber workforce.”

CSUSB professor and other relationship experts say little things matter
Oct.25, 2021

Kelly Campbell, CSUSB professor of psychology and a recognized expert in relationships, was quoted in an article about doing the little things at the start of a relationship, such as taking turns in making plans.  

When one person falls into the “planner” role, you could be setting up an unequal dynamic–one with unnecessary resentment on all ends, the lifestyle website reported. “If they initiated plans the first time, you can initiate the second time and so on, but don’t always be the person texting first, calling, and initiating plans,” says Campbell.

Also, she said, it can be “illuminating” to mix things up early. Spice up the usual routine of first dates with these ideas that aren’t going to a bar. This way, you avoid getting stuck in a rut right at the start of something new.

Read the complete article at “Do these little things at the start of your relationship, experts say.”

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