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CSUSB Palm Desert Campus receives grant for Nursing Street Medicine program
Palm Desert Patch
Nov. 27, 2023

The Desert Healthcare District & Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $73,422 to the Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus to support its Nursing Street Medicine program.

Grant funds will be used to provide free healthcare services to individuals in the community through nurse and medical clinics, serving the homeless, unsheltered and vulnerable populations in the Coachella Valley.

“The funds from the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation will provide support for us to continue our efforts to grow our Nursing Street Medicine program,” said Diane Vines, street medicine program coordinator and CSUSB nursing faculty member. “We are providing much-needed healthcare services for homeless and unsheltered people in the Coachella Valley, and preparing our future nurses to understand the needs of this vulnerable population.”

Opinion: School safety drills alone won’t prevent shootings. We must assess our vulnerabilities.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nov. 29, 2023

Thomas McWeeney, director of the Institute for Public Management and Governance at the Jack Brown College of Business and Administration at Cal State San Bernardino, co-wrote an op-ed column on school site safety. With Stephanie F. Dailey, Ed.D., assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, and Dale Watson, executive assistant director (ret.), counterterrorism and counterintelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation, they wrote: “Over the past 25 years, $3 billion has been spent to address school shootings in the United States, an investment that has brought enhanced physical security to many of the nation’s schools. By almost every measure, American schools are much safer than 20 years ago.

“Yet, in the last three years, we have witnessed a surge in school shootings marked by the loss of innocent children — surpassing any other three-year period since the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. In 2022 alone, there were 51 incidents resulting in 40 deaths. This suggests that existing approaches are not working.”

‘I’ve been waiting for you’: Vermont shooting is being investigated as a hate crime
Los Angeles Times
Nov. 27, 2023

Brian Levin, founder of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article about the arrest of a suspect in the shooting of three Palestinian students in Burlington, Vt., on Saturday. While police have yet to declare a motive, they are investigating whether it was hate-motivated.

The shooting comes amid a pause in fighting nearly two months into the Israel-Hamas war, as Jewish, Palestinian and Arab communities in the U.S. remain on high alert amid a surge in reported hate crimes against the groups. At times, the tension has erupted into violence, including the fatal stabbing of a 6-year-old Palestinian boy in a Chicago suburb in what was described by authorities as a hate crime, as well as manslaughter and battery charges in the death of a 69-year-old Jewish man who suffered a head injury at a Thousand Oaks protest.

“We could see decade highs in anti-Muslim hate crime and possible records in anti-Jewish hate crimes after final data comes in,” said Levin, who ran the center until last month. “Since the outbreak of the [Israel-Hamas] war, across North America and in California in particular there has been a precipitous rise in anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim and [anti-Arab] hate crimes reported to police that is both diverse by offense and often public and brazen.”

Anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim incidents may be at decade-long high
News Nation
Nov. 27, 2023

Brian Levin, founder of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article about the shooting of three Palestinian students in Burlington, Vt. Authorities said they were looking into the possibility the assault was hate-motivated. Levin noted it can be difficult to determine motivation in attacks like these.

“Right now, we want to make sure we keep our windows open on making sure that every possible piece of evidence that would suggest that this individual is acting in whole or a significant part [based on racial or religious hate] factors into the equation,” he said.

His organization tracks anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and anti-Jewish incidents, and he suggested both types of incidents may be at a decade-long high.

The illogic of hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S.
The National (United Arab Emirates)
Nov. 28, 2023

Hussein Ibish, a member of the board for CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, wrote an opinion column in which he said the dehumanizing acts against Palestinians and the antisemitic rhetoric are posing a danger to American society. He also quoted Brian Levin, founding director of the center, who said, ““The bigoted backlash from the Israel-Hamas war is causing online invective and disinformation to skyrocket, while anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate crime incidents are spiking to possible decade highs, and in the case of anti-Jewish hate crimes, a possible record in the US.”

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