Welcome to the UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy

The UCSB Blum Center aims to foster interdisciplinary, socially engaged research and learning about poverty and inequality, and to contribute to collective action that advances intersectional economic and environmental justice regionally, in the United States, and abroad. Established with funding from UC Regent Richard C. Blum and the UC Office of the President, it is part of a ten-campus network across the UC system.

In our March newsletter, we cover the dramatic rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the US, highlight one of our community partners, provide an overview of Eviction Moratoriums in California, and more. 

The Blum Center stands in solidarity with all Asian Pacific Islander DesiAmerican (APIDA) and Asian members of our campus community. We stand against the overt racism, violence and insidious discrimination currently (and historically) faced by our APIDA and Asian students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of these communities across the United States.

The Blum Center invites proposals for student research in the area of cooperative economics in order to promote scholarly and public understanding of the principles, practices, and prospects for cooperative enterprise on the Central Coast of California, in the U.S., and worldwide.

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