May 2021 Newsletter
  • Small Change, Better World - Apply by May 25
  • Our Moral Judgments Affect Our Perception of COVID Risk - Read the Article
  • California Plastic Crisis Conference Series - May 20, 27
  • Transition Age Youth Homelessness in Orange County - May 20
  • Mind Your Mental Health: Understanding Sleep Deprivation - Read the Article

Earn up to $3K for your social project!

Looking to get involved with social service and philanthropy? Want to start taking steps towards effectively addressing 21st century challenges?

Small Change, Better World seed grants (up to $3,000!) give students an opportunity to help their affiliated communities through one-time, limited scope projects addressing specific needs. At this point, we have seen 39 projects implemented internationally and have directly impacted over 64,000 community members - this is your chance to make a change!

The SCBW application is open from now until May 25th for spring and summer projects. Questions? Email

Apply by May 25
Provide for others

"With funds raised from SCBW, we were able to replace and refresh medical equipment and supplies needed to ensure we take accurate vitals and help monitor the conditions which patients face at our monthly free clinic in the El Niño community of Tijuana, Mexico."

- Dean Wong, Spring 2018 recipient
Create a lasting change

"The 2019 Costa Rica Program cohort used the funds to help build a new covered nursery for seedlings at Finca Siempre Verde. Additional seedlings will also be shared with La Gloria High School. We hope the funds will help this cross-cultural activity to educate students on the importance of conservation, land-use, and local communities."

-Shine Kim, Fall 2018 recipient
Our Moral Judgments Affect Our Perception of COVID Risk
Read the Research
"Churches and protests are safe, beaches and parties are not?" In this article by Reason, a research team at UCI discusses how their studies are important for public policymakers and officials who may give inconsistent advice for staying safe during the pandemic.
Read The Article
California Plastic Crisis Conference Series
Every Thursday in May
Hosted by the Newkirk Center for Science & Society, CLEANR, and UCI, this 4-part speaker panel and conference series will engage the community in a discussion about the scope of the plastic problem, the impact of plastic pollution in California and beyond, as well as plastic alternatives, and policy solutions.
Register Here
Transition Age Youth Homelessness in OC
May 20
Community Chats are virtual opportunities to hear from local experts about topics related to homelessness in Orange County. This month's Community Chat topic will be focusing on what Transition Age Youth homelessness is, what it looks like, and what is being done to address it.

Mind Your Mental Health: Understanding Sleep Deprivation with Dr. Katie Ohene

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the OVPTL will post weekly articles featuring Vice Provost Michael Dennin interviewing a UCI Counseling Center professional to discuss common mental health struggles that UCI students may be facing. The goal is to help students, staff, faculty, and other members of the Anteater community to understand these challenges arising from the pandemic and offer avenues of support.

In this interview, Vice Provost Dennin meets with Dr. Katie Ohene to talk about the mental, emotional, and physical effects of sleep deprivation as well as helpful strategies ro combat this serious issue.
Read The Article
Additional News & Events:
  • Big Ideas Contest is seeking Innovation Ambassadors for Fall 2021. Interested candidates must be current UC students. Learn more and apply 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.

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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