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Annenberg and Cal State San Bernardino establish new bicoastal exchange program
Annenberg School for Communication
Aug. 14, 2023

Mihaela Popescu, CSUSB professor of communication studies, director of the CSUSB xREAL Lab, spent a month at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication with CSUSB graduate students Jocelin Monge and Esperanza Martinez, who are the inaugural cohort of the CSUSB-Annenberg Pipeline Program, a new exchange in which communication studies graduate students from CSUSB spend a month at Penn and doctoral students from Annenberg teach at CSUSB.

Popescu is an alumna of the Annenberg School and co-founder, with Annenberg’s Murali Balaji, of the CSUSB-Annenberg Pipeline Program. The program began as a result of a conversation between Popescu and Balaji, who is an undergraduate lecturer and the graduate diversity advisor at Annenberg, about encouraging more students from Minority Serving Institutions to apply to Annenberg’s doctoral program. CSUSB is one of the country’s 451 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

New small biz resource center in S.B.
Precinct Reporter
Aug. 17, 2023

Existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in San Bernardino are about to have a new resource available to help them launch and grow businesses, thanks to an innovative initiative developed by the City of San Bernardino and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).

The newly created Entrepreneurial Resource Center (ERC), led by CSUSB’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE), is designed to be an easily accessible hub for small business services, centrally located in downtown San Bernardino at Studio D.

“The new center will improve access to resources for all aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, increase the rate of business creation, and foster greater success and long-term sustainability for local small businesses,” said Mike Stull, a professor of entrepreneurship and director of the IECE and the CSUSB School of Entrepreneurship. “The ERC will also seek to address disparities in small business ownership and entrepreneurship through a deliberate focus and outreach to underrepresented groups in the city.”

The Long Reach of Juvenile and Criminal Legal Debt: How Monetary Sanctions Shape Legal Cynicism and Adultification
Children and Youth Services Review

Andrea Giuffren (criminal justice) coauthored a study that examined the “long-term effects of juvenile legal system involvement such as increased risk of criminal legal system involvement as adults. This paper examines retrospective accounts of how that process occurs by exploring the following research question: how does one’s involvement in the juvenile legal system, which includes monetary sanctions, shape peoples’ views of law and legal institutions and with what consequences?”

Evaluating the social cost: The mention of diversity and group identification moderate responses to high-status ingroup claims of bias
European Journal of Social Psychology

Donna Garcia (psychology) was one of the authors of a paper that examined claims of discrimination made by high-status groups (e.g., White people, men) that “have become increasingly more common. To understand ingroup support for such claims, we examined perceivers’ group identification (GID) and perceived social costs as contributing factors. In addition, we examined the impact of the claimant blaming 'diversity' as a source of discrimination to see if this may influence perceptions of social costs and ultimately support.”

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