The Library Corner - Spring 2023 Edition

May 22, 2023

BIMI Cultures in Community Mural @ the IGS Library!

The IGS Library is so pleased to partner with the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) to display this mural. It is a colorful and joyful addition to the Library.

The IGS Library seeks to be a welcoming place for all UC Berkeley students. We want the IGS Library to better...

Blog: IGS Fellows in the World

Our Matsui Center undergraduate fellows share their unique and transformative experiences in public service, research, and public policy opportunities.

G. Cristina Mora, wins 2020 Assembly Faculty Mentor Award!

March 25, 2020

The Office of the Graduate Division recognizes the 2020 recipients of the Graduate Division's Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards and the Graduate Assembly's Faculty Mentor Awards:

"Excellent faculty mentorship has an indelible impact on the well-being, academic success, and overall experience of graduate students. It...

IGS Resident Scholar Thomas E. Mann weighs in on the pandemic’s impact on American politics

April 6, 2020

IGS Resident Scholar Thomas E. Mann weighs in on the pandemic’s impact on the way Congress does business, the 2020 presidential election, and the future of American democracy, with Kelly Jones for the Institute of Governmental Studies.

IGS: What are the likely impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2020 presidential election? Is the pandemic—and the Trump Administration’s handling of it—likely to hurt or help President Trump’s chances to win in November?

Thomas Mann (TM): I preface my response...

CCI Faculty Director, Karen Chapple, on the pandemic's effects on housing insecurity and displacement

July 29, 2020

CCI Faculty Director, Karen Chapple, on the pandemic's effects on housing insecurity and displacement

Professor Karen Chapple is the Faculty Director of IGS’s Center for Community Innovation (CCI). Currently, she and her team are conducting research on a wide variety of topics ranging from gentrification and displacement to local...

William Brandt wins award for civic achievement

September 7, 2020

William Brandt, Chair Emeritus of IGS’s National Advisory Council, was awarded the Magis Medal for civic achievement by the National Jesuit Honor Society.

The Magis Medal is given annually by Alpha Sigma Nu, the Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, to members who have demonstrated scholarship, loyalty and service in their work. It was established in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Society.

“Mr. Brandt, a graduate of Saint Louis University and the University of Chicago, has a longstanding commitment to higher education, seen in his service...

Transforming the Public Sector with Research on the People in Government and the Communities they Serve

January 22, 2021

IGS's newest research center, The People Lab, "aims to transform the public sector by producing cutting-edge research on the people in government and the communities they serve." We are thrilled to welcome Faculty Directors Amy Lerman and Elizabeth Linos, along with their talented group of interdisciplinary graduate student researchers, to IGS.

The People Lab now has over thirty projects underway, ranging from recruiting and retaining a diverse set of talented public servants to assessing and addressing the burnout of 911 dispatchers. No matter what project The Lab is...

Gardner Fellow, Nick Shafer, Wins the Marshall Scholarship!

December 8, 2020

Please join us in congratulating UC Berkeley Gardner Fellow, Nick Shafer, for being awarded a Marshall Scholarship. The Marshall Scholarship is one of the most selective graduate scholarships in America—with only about a 4% acceptance rate. The Marshall Scholarship pays for recipients to pursue a graduate degree at any university in the United Kingdom. Nick will use it to pursue a MSc in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford and a MA in Governance Development and Public Policy from the University of Sussex. The Marshall Scholarship, along with the Gardner...

Executive Director, Jasmijn Slootjes, on How BIMI's Research is Addressing Migrant Needs at a Time of Unprecedented Strife

November 2, 2020

Jasmijn Slootjes is Executive Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Research Initiative (BIMI). She coordinates BIMI’s research projects, training programs, public engagement and grant writing. Based at IGS, BIMI is a partnership of faculty, researchers and students who investigate human mobility, immigrants’ integration and the ways migration transforms societies around the world. IGS's Kelly Jones spoke with Jasmijn about the Initiative's current projects in the face of the pandemic.

IGS: BIMI recently advertised an upcoming symposium on “Migration...

IGS alumna Varsha Sarveshwar receives prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

November 22, 2021

BERKELEY, CA – UC Berkeley graduate Varsha Sarveshwar ('20) has been named a 2022 Rhodes Scholar-Elect. The scholarship grants students the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford. Sarveshwar was a 2020-21 fellow in the Matsui Center's John Gardner Public Service Fellowship program, and a recipient of the...