Congratulations to Vera L. Chang, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, for her selection to the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor & Employment (IRLE) Dissertation Fellowship. For her dissertation, Chang researches a new model for labor and human rights in corporate supply chains that was created by tomato pickers in the southeastern United states called worker-driven social responsibility (WSR).
The selected projects were chosen for their quality and potential for meaningful research insights on labor and employment. Other winning project topics range from oral histories of the United Farm Workers movement, the employment trajectories of transgender workers, and the dynamics of race and racism in the technology industry.
Learn more about the award on the IRLE website. Chang was also recently featured in the Rausser College Student Spotlight series for her scholarship and journalism about solutions to human trafficking, forced labor, and sexual assault of workers within United States agri-food systems.