UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation
May Newsletter


  • Small Change, Better World grants - Applications due May 25
  • CGIU Student Action Fund - Applications due June 3


  • New Venture Competiton Grand Finale - May 21
  • UC-Wide Virtual Career Fair - May 26/27
  • Parkside Chats - May to June 2020


  • Student Highlights - Meet the Changemakers
  • South County Outreach - Ways to get involved in the community
  • Earth School - Online learning with UN Environment and TED-Ed

Compassion in Action in your Community

Small Change, Better World provides funding to undergraduate and graduate students working to address poverty in their community at home or abroad.

The Spring 2020 round of applications welcomes proposals addressing categories of need such as education, food security, and healthcare. Proposals addressing needs associated with the coronavirus pandemic are particularly encouraged.

Complete the short application to be considered for up to $3,000 in funding for your project!
Apply by May 25th
Kelsey Morgan
UCI Social Ecology graduate student Kelsey Morgan has been selected as a 2020 National Science Foundation Global Research Fellow for her research on human trafficking. She also hosted a "Lunch and Learn" series through her nonprofit, Willow International, with US Trafficking In Persons Ambassador John Colton to discuss COVID-19 and its impacts on trafficking. Way to go Kelsey!
Aditi Mayer
Aditi Mayer is a recipient of the Fulbright x National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, which provides opportunities for selected grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme. In 2021 she will document the social and environmental impacts of the fashion supply chain in India-- from farmers, garment workers, textile waste and more. We can't wait to see her work!

Deyanira Nevarez Martinez

As part of CARE USA's first CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship cohort, UCI graduate student, Deyanira Nevarez Martinez, created her own research project titled "Informal Settlements in Southern California" while receiving extensive training experiences and a $9,000 stipend. Congratulations Deyanira!
NVC 2020 Finale
May 21 | 3-6 p.m.
The 15th annual New Venture Competition comes to a close with 10 finalists in the Grand Finale! See each team's 3-minute fast-pitch to a panel of distinguished judges from Orange County’s startup ecosystem. Including the Social Enterprise Track finalists.
Register Here
Parkside Chats
May to June 2020
The School of Social Ecology is launching “Parkside Chats,” a webinar series featuring conversations with faculty experts on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. UCI Blum Center Faculty Director Richard Matthew will be featured in a chat about compassion fatigue on June 5th.
Learn More
Earth School
Get Started Today!
Sponsored by UN Environment and TED-Ed and supported by numerous global organizations, #EarthSchool includes teaching modules developed and delivered by experts on our planet. The series of 30 quests is about halfway over, but it's not too late to join in!
Get Started
An Economic Pandemic
Takeaways from a webinar held with Lara Fisher
We would like to thank Lara Fisher from South County Outreach for speaking to UPPP 115 about how the pandemic has been affecting lower-income communities and what we can do to help. Read Lara's recommendations and learn about South County Outreach.
Read the Story
Groceries for Grads
Funds to help graduate students in need.
Program started by the School of Social Ecology provides stipends for Social Ecology grad students to assist with expenses in light of COVID-19. Donations allow students to continue summer research and provide for daily necessities.
Donate Here
CGIU COVID-19 Student Action Fund
Apply by June 3
The CGI University has launched its COVID-19 Student Action Fund. This grant aims to provide funding for projects that are related to the pandemic through initiatives such as awareness campaigns to other emergency response programs! Receive up to $5,000 in funding.
Apply Here
Additional News & Events:
  • A story by WIRED, featuring Richard Matthew, suggests how cities should redesign themselves to slow the pandemic. Read it HERE.
  • A Nature article featuring Paul Piff highlights that when poverty is connected with situational factors, there is a "greater concern about inequality, preference for egalitarian policies." Read it HERE.
  • First UC-Wide Virtual Career Fair allows all UC students to engage with employers in a live setting during this time when in-person career fairs are not possible. STEM-specific on May 26 | General Fair on May 27. Register via Handshake 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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