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July 2020 Newsletter
  • Global Service Scholars - Applications open Summer 2020
  • Virtual Volunteer Opportunities - Help Your Community!
  • Student Highlights - Meet the Changemakers
  • Greater Good Magazine Podcasts - 70+ Episodes Available Now!
  • #BlackLivesMatter Resources

The Challenges and Opportunities of Remote Learning


"As we grapple with this unprecedented educational shift, we all need to learn new skills to adapt and survive."

An article written by Michael Dennin, the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, highlights how the transition to remote teaching and learning is changing university education for students and faculty. His hope that we will come to accept diverse teaching and learning styles cultivates the idea that "the fundamental core of what we are trying to achieve remains the same."
Read the Article

Global Service Scholars is back!


UCI is preparing aspiring leaders across the University of California system to solve the problems of tomorrow by offering them an experiential education through the Global Service Scholars program! We have adjusted the 2020-2021 program timeline for our students' health and safety.

Applications for the 2021 cohort coming this summer!
Paroma Wagle Congratulations to Paroma Wagle, who just recently defended her thesis this past Spring! From Paroma: "[My] doctoral research is on the persistence of water access conflicts in the city of Mumbai, India. My research adopts a methodological approach that involves eliciting, re-articulating, and analysing narratives around the issue of water-access of key actors who influence water-access policies, to understand the persistence of conflict."
Ashley Hooper
Congratulations to Ashley Hooper for defending her thesis promoting social-ecological resilience! From Ashley: "My dissertation explored how 'resilience' is conceptualized by innovative, active food organizations (e.g., food justice advocates, urban farms, food cooperatives) within urban contexts and within locally relevant policies/plans, in order to incorporate the insights of those already working within urban food frameworks and toward changing current food system outcomes."
What's next: The future of compassion
Combat compassion fatigue
UCI Blum Center Director, Richard Matthew, explores the relationships between compassion, COVID-19, and developing countries during this time. In this UCI News interview, he explains how to ward off emotional exhaustion and advocates support for those most vulnerable in the pandemic.
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Greater Good Magazine Podcasts
70+ Episodes Available!
"The Science of Happiness at Work," a podcast series offered by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, offers research-based strategies for more satisfaction, connection, and purpose at work. Additionally, explore the magazine for other educational opportunities.
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A New Generation of Race Consciousness
Article from CalMatters
Blum Center affiliated faculty member María Rendón describes how the support for the Black Lives Matter demonstrations have displayed a new awakening in race consciousness. She analyzes the shift of attitudes towards the movement from the 1960s to present day.
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Standing together in compassion


The UCI Blum Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and supports the Black Lives Matter movement. As we value compassion and equality, we encourage everyone to do their part in learning (and unlearning) to ignite change, whether it be in the form of peaceful protest, donation, or petition. Find a list of #BlackLivesMatter resources HERE

We are still in the midst of a global pandemic. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, there are people in need of YOUR help! Virtual volunteer opportunities allow you to offer your assistance safely from home. Apply HERE.
Additional News & Events:
  • An article by UCI News explains how to cultivate calm during COVID-19. Read it HERE.
  • United to End Homelessness is hosting a webinar discussing the issue of Orange County Homeless System. Register for August Homelessness 101 HERE.
  • Interested in social enterprise? Find more resources to build your ideas 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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