April 13, 2015 | Robert Reich: Inequality for All

Sponsored by the UCSD/Blum Cross-Border Initiative
in partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Center for Civic Engagement


Monday, April 13, 2015 4:30PM (PDT)
at Sherwood Auditorium
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

UCSD Center on Global Justice / Center for Urban Ecologies, Visual Arts Department

Join us for an up close and personal discussion with Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor for President Clinton, UC Berkeley public policy professor, best-selling author, and editor. Through film and dialogue, Reich makes a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class and demonstrates how America’s growing income gap threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself.

4:30 p.m.
Screening of Inequality for All, a 2013 Sundance Film Festival Award winner featuring Robert Reich.
6:30 p.m.
An Up Close & Personal Discussion
with Robert Reich

Event is free. Space is limited. Invitation is non-transferable. RSVP by Friday, April 10 to Dominique Navarro at
(619) 814-1337 or

More information is available here

March, 2015 | BLUM`s interns attend the Clinton Global Initiative

We are pleased to announce that 3 of our interns have been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative on behalf of the Blum Cross Border Initiative. Angela Tomlinson, Lilia Stone, and Jessica Guerrero with be attending the conference in March 2015 under the Poverty Alleviation section. This year the conference with be held at Miami University in Coral Gables, Florida. They will be representing their work and collaborations that have been organized in Los laurels Canyon in Tijuana, Baja California and their goals for the future of the initiative. The Clinton Global Initiative chooses 1,000 students worldwide to participate. It focuses on 5 sections: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Even though all of these areas show accurate representation of our interdisciplinary internship, the ladies applied under the Poverty Alleviation section because they felt it best described the efforts and teamwork of the entire group. The purpose of the Clinton Global Initiative is to make a Commitment to Action towards the proposed idea, provide positive change towards an area in need, gain skills and knowledge needed to make the commitments a reality, and potentially identify partnerships and network with others that share their interests. Bill and Chelsea Clinton will be hosting the event and will have a large variety of panel from celebrities to entrepreneurs to inspire the students attending. We are very excited to have them be a part of this effort and are eager to see how this will influence our initiative.

November 13th-14th, 2014 | Workshop at Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz lead Workshop at Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar. Nourished by change, the city and its architecture have a dynamic condition of networked intervention. As such, the analysis of spatial practices, politics and media is also a relational practice in which a multiplicity of actors and disciplines operate in a multivalent cultural field: NGOs, local associations, developers, dissidents, aspiring politicians and celebrity do-gooders. The idea of this Open Crit is to share ideas and projects that reflect on forms of knowledge about contemporary culture, its various representations and mis-representations and their impact on the public realm. This workshop offered a forum for students from all disciplines of the university to present their work – resolved or unresolved, built or unbuilt, complete or incomplete – to encourage the exchange of ideas among them. The workshop was introduced by a reading seminar, an evening lecture and a late night dining event including a discussion about multiple political, cultural, economical and urban realities in order to speculate about possible forms of intervention in the city and its discourses. On the second day students had a chance to present questions, ideas and projects to Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz.

September, 2014 | Alumni Leadership Weekend, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor:
Diversity and Social Equity: engaging underserved communities in the San Diego-Tijuana region

May 22nd, 2014 | 2014-15 Blum Public Scholars Award

A Public Roundtable Discussion with 2014-15 Blum Public Scholars awardees, Andrea Skorepa and Oscar Romo.

in this roundtable we discussed the future of community-engaged research and teaching at UCSD.
Read more about this event, here.

February, 2014 | Office of Research Affairs workshops on the campus strategic vision:
Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Social Justice: Access, Equity and Inclusion

January, 2014 | Sixth College, Experiential Learning Conference:
High Impact Practices, Interdisciplinary practices and creative connections: Presentation: The UCSD / BLUM Community Stations Project (with Mike Cole, Bud Mehan, Srinivas Sukumar and Teddy Cruz),

November 11th-13th, 2013 | UCSD / Bauhaus Urban Collaborative:
Waste and the Urbanization of Retrofit

CGJ, the Center for Urban Ecologies, the Blum Cross-Border Initiative and the Visual Arts Department hosted the UCSD/ Bauhaus Urban Collaborative at UC San Diego. The theme of “Waste and the Urbanization of Retrofit” was explored by faculty and students during the workshops.
Read more about the event, here.

July, 2013 | establishment of the BLUM CROSS-BORDER INITIATIVE:
The Blum Cross-Border Initiative: A Project on Cross-Border Poverty Research and Practice at UC San Diego funded by the Blum Center for Developing Economics. The initiative is led by Co-Directors Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz.
announcement by Vice Chancellor for Research, Sandra Brown.

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the BLUM CROSS-BORDER INITIATIVE: A Project on Poverty Research and Practice at UC San Diego. Teddy Cruz, Professor of Visual Arts and Fonna Forman, Associate Professor of Political Science will serve as founding co-Directors.

The project is a partnership between the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice and the Center for Urban Ecologies in the Division of Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with Calit2/Qualcomm Institute, the Urban Studies and Planning Program in the Division of Social Sciences, and the Division of Global Public Health in the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

The Blum Cross-Border Initiative at UC San Diego is affiliated with the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley, enabled through the generous support of Richard Blum, former President of the UC Board of Regents. The Cross-Border Initiative will develop new programming and curricula on regional poverty research and practice in the San Diego-Tijuana region, promoting interaction and collaboration between demographically diverse neighborhoods and the classroom, enriching the educational experience of our students while deepening UC San Diego’s partnerships with community-based organizations and the municipalities of San Diego and Tijuana. The goal is to co-produce new knowledge and action, for the betterment of our bi-national region.

The Blum Cross-Border Initiative is an opportunity for the campus to visualize and elevate its present commitment to community engagement, by integrating the many existing projects and Community Stations across the campus that embed graduate and undergraduate students in community-based education, research and outreach.

Interested faculty members and research scientists / scholars are encouraged to contact Professors Forman ( and Cruz ( We look forward to a formal launch event with Mr. Blum in Spring of 2014.

Sandra A Brown
Vice Chancellor for Research

August 19th, 2011 | Knowledge-exchange corridors: the UCSD community stations initiative

KNOWLEDGE-EXCHANGE CORRIDORS: THE UCSD COMMUNITY STATIONS INITIATIVE is an exhibition and summer workshop program by Teddy Cruz and Mike Cole. The \"UCSD Community Stations\" is a pilot community outreach initiative that will introduce a series of collaborative projects across a collective body of university leaders from campus departments and centers and a variety of social service and cultural community-based agencies located in demographically diverse neighborhoods in San Diego.

The gallery@calit2 staged a summer workshop series and evening panel discussion with Teddy Cruz and Mike Cole.

Read more about this event in "La Jolla Light"

Visit by Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, and Former US Secretary of Labor (1993-7), April 13, 2015

Visit by Antanas Mockus, Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia (1995-8, and 2000-3), May 27, 2015.