UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation
Spring Quarter & COVID-19 Update

"The novel coronavirus has and will continue to hurt many people in this country, and insofar as everyone is at some risk, it will do so free from 'discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.' But over time it will almost certainly play out very differently in the two halves that make up America, because one half is simply far more resilient than the other. We cannot erase inequality, but we can reduce its most dangerous forms. The differential impacts of the coronavirus can be mitigated dramatically through inclusive policies, contextually sensitive interventions, targeted and adequate financial assistance, and acts of kindness and compassion. The skills and knowledge needed in this regard are the backbone of the educational programs we have designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for California, the US, the planet.

We also have created a new web page dedicated to reporting on the impacts of the coronavirus on America’s most vulnerable communities. We invite you to contribute — your views, stories, compelling visuals, evidence-based studies, and to help us identify resources that are available to those in need."


--From a letter by UCI Blum Center Director Richard Matthew discussing the impact of this pandemic on vulnerable communities.

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How Can We Help One Another?

"It’s a common impulse to want to help. People have survived some of history’s worst circumstances by banding together. It may be harder to do at a time when social distancing, self-isolation and quarantining are watchwords of the day. But we need to listen to our better impulses."

New York Times including commentary from Paul Piff
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Coronavirus spotlights the link between clean water and health

"More than 40% of the world’s population lives in regions where water is becoming increasingly scarce, and that figure is likely to rise. Every day, nearly 1,000 children die from preventable water- and sanitation-related diseases."

Op-Ed written by David Feldman published on The Conversation
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FRESH Basic Needs Hub
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Help Your Community Safely with COVID-19!

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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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