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Project News | March 11, 2021

Latino Outdoors: Participate in Latino Advocacy Week

The first ever Latino Advocacy Week is being presented by the Hispanic Access Foundation from March 14-20. Through a variety of workshops, Latino Advocacy Week will support Latino communities, organizations, families, and individuals becoming advocates for themselves and in their own communities around the issues that impact their daily lives. Latino Outdoors is joining in by hosting a screening of their short film “Yo Cuento: Nurturing Grassroots Advocacy for Conservation” followed by a panel discussion. The film and panel focus on California’s PUBLIC Lands Act, the power of community, and how anyone can get involved in conservation advocacy. Panelists include Roberto Morales from Nature for All and Laura Navar from the National Parks Conservation Association. The free event will take place on March 18 from 7:00-10:00pm PT.
You can register for the screening and panel here.

Participate in Another Latino Advocacy Week Event

Watch Latino Outdoors’ Film on YouTube

Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE): Community Call – Tackling Virtual Meetings

CSCCE continues to host 90-minute community calls through Zoom every third Wednesday of the month. This month’s community call will take place on Wednesday, March 17 at 8am PT. From accessibility and inclusion to tech tips, the call will focus on brainstorming ways to improve virtual and hybrid meetings. Breakout rooms will be facilitated by expert moderators from the CSCCE community. Anyone is welcome to join the conversation!

Join the 3/17 Call Here & Access Past CSCCE Community Calls Here

Pre-Health Dreamers Conference

Pre-Health Dreamers has opened registration for its first annual conference: Revolutionizing the Health of Undocumented Communities. The conference is scheduled for June 19, but early registration is encouraged as tickets are limited. The conference is designed for healthcare professionals and advanced students in health professional programs who seek to empower and help build healthy undocumented communities.

Register for the Conference or Sponsor a Student Here

Community Initiatives: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Update

Community Initiatives is pleased to announce that we now received a Second Draw PPP loan in addition to the First Draw PPP loan we received from the federal government in 2020. We also filed for First Draw PPP loan forgiveness and will find out soon if we qualify. The PPP loans provide support to Fiscally Sponsored Projects with payroll and help them continue the pivotal work they are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic by keeping staff employed.

Board Member Highlight

Phillippe Wallace

Community Initiatives Board of Directors Service: April 2018–present

Professionally, Phillippe serves as the CFO of College Futures, an Oakland based private foundation working to ensure that more students who reflect California’s diversity complete a B.A. and access the opportunity for a better life. He oversees the Foundation’s $500 million endowment as well as finance, accounting, information technology, facilities, and non-grantmaking operations. He has served in the CFO and COO roles in philanthropy for almost 20 years. Earlier in his career he focused on investment management, technology investment banking, and private equity. In addition to the Community Initiatives Board of Directors, he currently serves as a trustee and treasurer for The Christensen Fund, a private foundation supporting and strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ efforts to secure and exercise their rights to their land, territories, resources, and sovereign systems of governance. Previously, he served on the board of Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG), and on the alumni diversity council at the Haas School of Business.

A native New Mexican, Phillippe moved to Berkeley over 25 years ago for grad school and never left. His passions include soccer (Barcelona fan), skiing (US favorites: Snowbasin, Alpine Meadows, and Taos), dark beer (Brother Thelonious, Lagunitas Imperial Stout), food from around the world, financial planning, investments, and behavioral economics. He can be found most evenings navigating the hill paths of North Berkeley with his wife Sara and their toddler Zolin.

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