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The Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy is a proud ally of all LGBTQIA+ members within our UCSB campus community. Pride month is about celebrating the beautiful humanity of LGBTQIA+ culture and supporting LGBTQIA+ rights and political activism. Each color on the symbolic rainbow flag Gilbert Baker created in 1978 has been expanded on to represent a vibrant spectrum of affirmative and joyful values embodied by the LGBTQIA+ community and now includes Black Lives Matter and trans pride.

UCSB offers community, resources, and educational opportunities to support and visibly enhance the importance of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff on campus. A variety of student organizations emphasize the importance of LGTBQIA+ identity, addressing intersectionality experiences, and demonstrating the myriad of ways the LGBTQIA+ community meaningfully contributes to campus life. UCSB also provides programs and resources to educate and ensure professional and personal development surrounding topics of LGTBQIA+ identity, perspectives, and culture for students, faculty, and staff through its QTies Seminar programming.

Here are a list of additional useful campus resources addressing community, housing, mental health resources, and basic needs:

In our June/July newsletter, we cover Blum Center announcements, saying farewell to Associate Director Joanne Nowak, highlight Juneteenth, Pride Month, and APIDA Month, introduce Communication Professor Dan Lane's DPILab, and more. Read the full newsletter here.

The Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy spotlights Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month to celebrate the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi descent to the United States. The umbrella term APIDA broadens inclusion of the diverse array of Asian Americans in the United States by recognizing cultures from the entire Asian continent—including East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

In partnership with UCSB’s Asian American Studies Department we stress the importance of research documenting Asian American activism on campus and recognizing its broader contribution to issues of equity and diversity within the UC system. Below we highlight campus resources for support and community, as well as ways to support those building community to support APIDA students, faculty, and staff:

The Blum Center is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to support UCSB faculty and graduate student research. Projects examining inequality within the Central Coast region of California are eligible for up to $10,000 in funding support.

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