Blum’s Initiative for the Study of Poverty and Health in Latin America

Description: UC Regent Richard Blum provided resources for the creation of a cluster course for UCLA undergraduates dealing with the intersectionality of Latin America, poverty and health. This funding financed a year-long series of courses targeting over 160 UCLA freshmen. CSRC assistant director Francisco Javier Iribarren was one of four key developers and instructors in this cluster course initiative. In addition to the undergraduate students targeted, four graduate students played key roles at both instructional and research levels. An inaugural symposium was held in May 2013 to assess and celebrate the first year of the initiative.