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We are pleased to announce that the faculty search for the next Director of the Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality and Democracy at UC Santa Barbara, who will be hired as an Associate or Full Professor, is now open. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong record of success in innovating and applying public-facing or community-centered scholarly research in critical political economy (or related fields) to address social issues across geographic and social scales.

For a complete description and to apply, please visit:  https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02708/  

Inquiries may be directed to Casey Walsh, Professor of Anthropology, UCSB: cwalsh@ucsb.edu.

We are pleased to extend a campus-wide invitation to our Annual Research Symposium featuring the 2023-24 UCSB faculty and student Central Coast Regional Equity and Cooperative Economics awardees. 

When: Tuesday, May 21st, 3:00-5:30pm

Where: Hybrid Event: SSMS 4135, Annenberg Conference Room, & via Zoom

UCSB’s Blum Center Student Leader Team and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Local Affairs (EVPLA) are co-sponsoring a Renters’ Crisis Housing Forum and Q&A Session.

When: Tuesday, March 14th @5:00-7:00pm

Where: UCEN, Santa Barbara Harbor Room

Food will be served

 

Renters’ Crisis Forum panelists include the EVPLA, Associated Students, Santa Barbara Tenants Union, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Student Life Katya Armistead, Isla Vista Community Services District (IVCSD), and the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE).

 

RSVP by May 13th: LINK

Please join us for our Spring Quarter Cooperative Economics workshop this Friday, April 26th, from 2-4pm in HSSB 4020.

We are pleased to feature Feminist Studies Hull Profess Eileen Boris and her collaborators Joann Lo with AFSCME Local 3930 and Madison Avila from the Sociology Department. Their project, entitled "Assessing a Home Care Cooperative," assesses the feasibility of establishing a home care cooperative in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

This work-in-progress presentation will be followed by a Q&A discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Participate in-person or on Zoom. RSVP in advance for a Zoom link. All are invited! Additional questions can be sent to Nick Cohen at ncohen@ucsb.edu.

Discussion: Ending Poverty in California: A Movement, A Plan, A More Equitable Future

When: Thursday, April 18th from 4:00-6:00pm

Where: HSSB 6020, the McCune Conference Room

What would a California without poverty look like? How would ending economic hardship advance freedom and well-being for all? This discussion with the community-based leaders of End Poverty in California (EPIC) will focus on a movement that aims to change the narrative about poverty—and California’s economic future. Use this link to learn more.

A reception will follow.

The Blum Center is co-sponsoring the event with the History Department and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s Imagining California series. Blum Center Director Dr. Alice O’Connor will moderate the panel. 

Please join us to view End Poverty in California's (EPIC) documentary Poverty & Power. Poverty & Power is the story of what happens when you bring people with lived experience—their voices, ideas, and aspirations—to the halls of power. It is an empowering story of what might happen and how transformative it would be if people in poverty were not just listened to, but actually heard. Following the documentary the Blum Center Student Leader Team will host a Q&A discussion with our audience. 

When: Tuesday, April 16th @6:30pm

Where: HSSB 6020, McCune Conference Room

RSVP HERE by Monday, April 15th

Light refreshments will be provided.

This screening event supports EPIC's Ending Poverty In California: A Movement, A Plan, A More Equitable Future event on Thursday, April 18th at UCSB. The event is co-sponsored by the Blum Center and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Please contact Becky Chen, beckychen@ucsb.edu, with any questions

 

Please access our 2024 Winter Quarter Newsletter to learn about our recent launch of our People's Guide to UCSB's Housing Crisis and the Student Housing Forum we held in February, our up-coming Spring Quarter Cooperative Economics Workshop featuring Hull Professor Eileen Boris on April 26th, Labor Summer application information, recent capstone projects completed by UCSB students enrolled in the Poverty, Inequality, & Social Justice Minor, and our new Blum Center Student Leader Team and Central Coast Regional Equity Initiative student team. Newsletter link can be accessed here.

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