March 2021 Newsletter


  • UCOP Climate & Environmental Justice Student Fellowship - Apply by April 5
  • Small Change, Better World - Applications open in April


  • 4C the Future: Compassion - March 22
  • Big Ideas Speaker Series with Sundial Foods - April 13 


  • Earthquakes and Climate Change Threaten California's Dams - Read the Article
  • Small Change, Better World - Fall 2020 Highlights
  • Spotlight: Dr. Victoria Lowerson Bredow & UNI ST 110

Earthquakes and Climate Change Threaten California's Dams

Three aging dams in the Southern California area were found to be structurally unsafe and are vulnerable to collapsing, putting millions of people at risk of inundation. Earthquakes have been a long-term threat for the stability of these dams; however, researchers are finding that climate change poses a new hazard for these structures.

In this LA Times article, featuring the Blum Center's Division of Flooding and Poverty Research Lead Brett Sanders, this risk to Southern California is brought to light as engineers and policymakers are gearing up for an emergency plan.

Read The Article
Small Change, Better World: Fall 2020 Recipient Projects
Theory of Joy

"The water and food project will help the indigenous community of Sitio Nilasin have access to clean, sustainable water and nutritious food. Through the Small Change, Better World Grant, the trouble of walking miles to get water will be taken away from the community so students can focus more on their academic ambition." - Erin Araneta
EBT Grocery Haul Series

"My project is an EBT grocery haul series on YouTube. Using a free public platform, I hope to share my knowledge of the program I learned as both a recipient and as a former CalFresh Manager of the UCI FRESH Basic Needs Hub. Knowing the stigmatization of the program and the lack of information accessible for many communities, I aspire to break these barriers for a better future." - Elissa Cobin
Applications for the Spring 2021 round of Small Change, Better World open in April. Learn more and stay updated on our website.
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4C the Future: Compassion
March 22
In this first event of the four-part UCI Brain Dialogue series, join a virtual discussion about compassion, featuring Blum Center Faculty Director Richard Matthew and other UCI faculty. Open to the public, this series will also highlight the topics of consciousness, collective memory, and creativity.
UCOP Student Fellowships
Apply by April 5
The University of California Office of the President is seeking an undergraduate and a graduate UC student with interest in/experience with environmental justice & stakeholder engagement. Work will include vetting for proposed policy language for environmental justice and social equity.
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Big Ideas Series with Sundial Foods
April 13
Have you ever been in a class and then become struck by innovation? Co-founders of Sundial Foods will share how they transformed their class project into a business that is now creating ethically and environmentally friendly plant-based meat alternatives for conscious consumers of all ages.
Register Here

Funding Projects & Nonprofits:
Enroll in University Studies 110

Last week, we interviewed Dr. Victoria Lowerson Bredow, lead of University Studies 110: Philanthropy in the Community. In this course, students direct actual funds to local nonprofit organizations in the context of a full-credit undergraduate course. Students will engage in activities at different levels, hearing from guest speakers (including UCI Blum Center Administrative Director Ruth Gyllenhammer!) and applying terms and concepts to real-world funding situations. In this article, see Victoria's plans and hopes for UNI ST 110 this spring.
Read The Article
Additional News & Events:
  • UCI Giving Day is April 28. Save the date and see the 2020 Giving Day highlights HERE.
  • Want to help the community? Browse organizations in need of virtual volunteers HERE.
  • Interested in social enterprise? Find more resources to build your ideas HERE.
  • Join the Civic and Community Engagement Minor with the Poverty Track. More info HERE.

About the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation

The UCI Blum Center’s mission is to promote social change and inspire the next generation of leaders to action with research on poverty alleviation. The Center’s innovative education programs, basic and applied research, and work in community development and policy-making engage future leaders to reduce the risks of poverty for vulnerable populations and improve humanity and its institutions.
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