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Project News | April 9, 2021

Leadership Learning Community (LLC) Addressing Anti-Asian Violence

Earlier this month, LLC published a statement in response to recent attacks on Asian Americans. LLC is committed to supporting leadership that reflects racial justice values. As such, LLC will be hosting two events to make space for reflection, strategy, and comfort. They hosted a Community Gathering on Anti-Asian Violence at 1pm PT on Thursday, April 8 in addition to their monthly BIPOC Affinity Group, a space for BIPOC leaders to connect and offer peer support. This month’s BIPOC Affinity Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 27 at 12pm PT. LLC has also put together a list of resources for anyone wishing to contribute to Asian American organizations and anti-Asian violence causes.

Register for the BIPOC Affinity Group Here

U.S. Digital Response (USDR) Celebrating One Year of Achievements

USDR has accomplished a lot over its first year in existence, including developing tools to help states and agencies identify and apply for grants, making it easier for the public to find COVID vaccine appointments through online platforms, and improving access to accurate and timely COVID-related information and guidance. USDR would like to thank its partners for the incredible work they are doing for their communities around the country by hosting their first-ever Stretch Clap Awards on Thursday, April 22 at 12pm PT. The free virtual event will celebrate the work USDR and its partners have accomplished together throughout the last year. Subscribe to USDR’s distribution list to get a save-the-date email with more information about the event.

The FoodWorks Fund Providing Hunger Relief

Since its launch in August 2020, The FoodWorks Fund has provided healthy food to more than 22,000 people in need. In order to continue to feed communities in need and support farmers facing tough times during the pandemic, The FoodWorks Fund will continue its fundraising efforts through the end of April 2021.

Donate Here

The Center for Engaged Scholarship (CES): News from the Center

The Center for Engaged Scholarship recently drafted a petition to President Biden requesting the cancellation of student debt, arguing that it would be an important step toward diminishing the Black-white wealth gap. Earlier in the year, CES President Fred Block’s article “Fixing the Academic Paradox” was published in Nonprofit Quarterly. The article breaks down the myth that social science professors are all leftist radicals and encourages more social scientists and scholars to transform their theories into practice as contributors to movements for social justice.

In other CES news, the Center will be announcing its 2021-2022 fellows later this month! Check out their website for updates and more information on their current and past fellows.

Latino Outdoors Co-Sponsors Film

“Cycles of Ancestry” is a short film about Mario Ordoñez-Calderón, a first-generation Mayan American who bikepacks 1,500 miles through the Yucatan Peninsula to explore his cultural heritage and learn about how one’s roots can change their future. The film, directed by Ryder England, was sponsored by Latino Outdoors, in addition to REI Co-op, Hispanic Access, and a few others. You can watch the ten-minute film on REI’s blog or YouTube.

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