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Project News | January 27, 2022

Salinas Community Science Workshop

kids work with wood at Salinas Community Science WorkshopOur partner Salinas Community Science Workshop has been awarded a Chevron Aces for Access grant through the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Aces for Access funds youth-serving nonprofits with a focus on access, bridging the digital divide, STEM education, and youth development.

Hands joining in togetherCenter for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE)

CSCCE’s “Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals” online training course began on January 21 and will run through March 11. The course is “designed to offer new or existing community managers core frameworks and vocabulary to describe their community’s purpose, refine or create strategic engagement programming to match community member goals, and describe their own roles and value as a community manager in STEM.” The current course is sold out, but you can pre-register for CSCCE’s other courses here.

The Carpentries

GitHub Pages jekyllIn a recent Incubator Lesson Spotlight, which highlights a lesson under development by the Carpentries’ community, The Carpentries chose to highlight its “Building Websites with Jekyll and GitHub Pages” lesson. The Carpentries is currently looking for volunteers to test this lesson!

In other news, The Carpentries is hiring an Accessibility Coordinator. The Accessibility Coordinator will have a broad responsibility for integrating accessibility standards and best practices across all areas of The Carpentries organization.

Pre-Health Dreamers Building Stronger Connections & A Safe Space for Undocumented Patients

Pre-Health Dreamers

Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) held an info session on the newly launched National Community Coalition on Monday, January 24. PHD’s National Community Coalition seeks to address barriers and empower institutions who seek to better assist and work with the undocumented community. PHD enriches the spaces they provide for the most historically excluded communities through training, support, and collaboration with the members that serve in these institutions.

Get to Know Community Initiatives’ Admin Staff!

Audrey Roderick

Audrey became Community Initiatives’ Senior Client Services Manager in May 2021. She brought with her over twenty years of nonprofit experience.

Prior to joining Community Initiatives, Audrey was Executive Director of Urban Sprouts, an environmental justice organization in San Francisco, which gave her years of hands-on experience working with fiscal sponsors.

Audrey is originally from the South Bay. Her favorite places in Northern California are Calistoga and Santa Cruz as she loves being near the ocean. She is soon to move from Oakland to Alameda.

Audrey became quite the baker during the pandemic and enjoys bringing baked goods to all of her neighbors!

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