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UCR: Persisting In Science

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sean Nealon and published in UCR Today on April 12, 2016.)

UCR Distinguished Professor of Genetics Susan Wessler works with students in the Neil A. Campbell Science Learning Laboratory. PHOTO BY LONNIE DUKA
UCR Distinguished Professor of Genetics Susan Wessler works with students in the Neil A. Campbell Science Learning Laboratory.

The University of California, Riverside has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships, academic support, research experience and internships for a small group of sophomores majoring in science.

The pilot project, known as PERSIST (Promoting Engagement, Retention and Success in STEM Training), will help 12 sophomores who demonstrate financial need each year, for a total of 60 scholarships over five years. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

The funding will build upon the success UC Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences has had with first-year learning communities, which bring together small groups of first-year students, placing them in the same science and math classes and providing extra academic support.

Graduation rates have nearly doubled in the college for learning community participants and first-quarter GPAs for those in learning communities have averaged about a third of a letter grade better.

The PERSIST National Science Foundation grant builds on that success and focuses on sophomores because data shows that students majoring in the STEM fields are most likely to drop out as freshman or sophomores.

For example, about 40 percent of students who enter UC Riverside intending to major in STEM fields drop out of those fields within their first two years, according to the most recent data available. In the third year only about 10 percent more students drop out.

“The key really is the first two years, especially for our first-generation and low-income students,” said Michael McKibben, divisional dean of student academic affairs in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the proposal’s primary author. “We have made great progress in the first year. Now, with this grant, we will be able to start to address the second year.  Our ultimate goal is to reduce the rate of lower division student attrition in STEM majors.”

In addition to McKibben, others involved with the project are: Susan Wessler, a distinguished professor of genetics; Marsha Ing, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education; and Jack Eichler, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Chemistry.

The scholarships will decrease the need for low-income students to work part-time and increase their opportunities to be involved in second year undergraduate research and internships.

The academic support will include activities such as a research methodology course, peer mentoring and career exploration workshops with alumni, including a biotechnology career exploration workshop at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, which offers graduate degrees that prepare students for the bioscience industry.

Part of the reason for partnering with the Keck Graduate Institute is to expose the students to the broad range of jobs available to graduates with STEM degrees. Many incoming UC Riverside students come in intent on going to medical school, without knowing or thinking about the much wider range of jobs available, Wessler said.

Participants will be selected from second-year students who went through the first-year learning community and started their freshman year in pre-calculus. These students tend to have lower graduation rates in STEM compared to students who arrive ready to take calculus.

Grants like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. UCR is dedicated to educating the next generation of students and helping them succeed. These programs play a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.

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Getty Foundation Awards UCR ARTSblock $225,000

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on April 12, 2016.)

Hector Hernandez, Bulca, 2015 (detail). COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND UCR ARTSBLOCK
Hector Hernandez, Bulca, 2015 (detail).

The Getty Foundation awarded the University of California, Riverside ARTSblock a $225,000 grant for “Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas,” an exhibition that brings together contemporary artists over the last three decades from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities and alternate worlds.

“Based on our extensive research ‘Mundos Alternos’ will include large-scale kinetic works, sculptures, photographs, drawings, paintings, costumes, and video works by more than 30 artists,” said Tyler Stallings, the interim executive director of UCR ARTSblock.

The grant follows a $125,000 award given to UCR ARTSblock in 2014 for research toward the conception of the exhibition, which allowed for curatorial travel, research, and planning. Co-curated by Stallings, Joanna Szupinska-Myers, curator of exhibitions at California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, and Robb Hernández, assistant professor of English at UCR, the trio had the opportunity to meet with artists and scholars in cities throughout the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and South America.

The exhibition will encompass the 8,000 square feet that comprise the changing exhibition galleries at UCR ARTSblock’s three venues – California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery. It is expected to travel to other venues, accompanied by a heavily illustrated book that includes original essays, art and science fiction by the curators and leading scholars with expertise in Mexico, Brazil, and Central America.

“Mundos Alterno” will utilize the world’s largest holding of science fiction materials, the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the UCR Libraries. In 2012, the Eaton Collection acquired a major collection of science fiction and fantasy pulp magazines published in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Spain.

“Science fiction offers a unique artistic landscape in which to explore the colonial enterprise that shaped the Americas, and to present alternative perspectives speculating on the past and the future,” said Szupinska-Myers.

“‘Mundos Alternos’ is a historic show placing UCR at the forefront of the first transnational effort to identify a growing tendency in contemporary Latin American and Latino art, a tendency that recasts ‘the future’ at a time when debates over immigration reform, militarized borders, and American citizenship continue to take center stage in this country,” said Hernández.

“This exhibition is particularly apt for UCR as it is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), which is reflected not only on the campus but in the surrounding community, too,” said Milagros Peña, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) at UCR. UCR was named an HSI in 2008, the first in the UC system to receive the honor.

“Mundos Alterno” is part of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,” a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 60 cultural institutions from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. “Pacific Standard Time” is an initiative of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

“All of ‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’s’ exhibitions are grounded in significant original research carried out by teams of curators – including scholars, artists, and critics – in the United States, Latin America, and Europe,” said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “The fruits of their collaborative research will be evident in the resulting exhibitions. The exhibitions will also leave a lasting legacy of scholarship through numerous catalogues and other publications. The Getty Foundation is proud to support all of this work.”

UCR ARTSblock is located at 3824 and 3834 Main St., Riverside, Calif., and includes three venues: California Museum of Photography, Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, and the Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery, which are open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., plus 6-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all three venues, and is free during First Thursday ArtWalks. For film screenings, the Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time.

This grant is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s Intelligent Growth Pillar.  Riverside embraces economic growth and directs it so it maintains and improves our already outstanding quality of life. This includes growing the economy, raising the standard of living and managing a growing population.

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Public Policy Degree For Medical Students Offered

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Bettye Miller and published in UCR Today on April 11, 2016.)

Photo Credit: UCR Today
Photo Credit: UCR Today

The School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside will expand its graduate degree programs this fall with a Master of Public Policy designed for medical students interested in health care policy and reform.

The MD-MPP program is open only to students enrolled in the UCR School of Medicine, who will complete their medical and public policy training in five years. Medical degrees typically take four years to complete; the MPP is a two-year program.

“This is a niche degree that would appeal to students who, in addition to becoming practicing physicians, may want to become health care administrators and health policymakers,” explained Anil Deolalikar, dean of the School of Public Policy (SPP). “A lot of people creating health policy have very little medical training. It would help if physicians were more involved in shaping health policy.”

The new program reflects the importance both the School of Public Policy and School of Medicine place on developing public policymakers and physicians who will serve the Inland Empire. Areas that students can work in include federal and state health care policy, medical leadership advocacy, and health care consulting.

“We are pleased to partner with UCR’s School of Public Policy to create this distinctive concurrent degree program,” said Neal L. Schiller, interim dean of the School of Medicine. “This new program will offer our medical students yet another pathway to build leadership skills necessary for developing innovations in the health care system to benefit patients and the inland Southern California region as a whole.”

Students who enroll in the program will spend a full academic year at the School of Public Policy during what would have been their fourth year of medical school, then return to the School of Medicine the following year to finish their final year of medical education. They will complete a summer internship and a capstone project that is acceptable to both professional schools. Upon completion of the fourth year of medical school and the concurrent degree capstone project, students will be awarded two degrees: Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Policy (MPP).

“By partnering with the UCR School of Public Policy, our medical students will learn the skills needed to help influence healthcare policy that will in turn help fulfill our mission in a meaningful way,” said Dr. Michael Nduati, associate dean of clinical affairs at the UCR School of Medicine. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity available for our students.  Health care reform affects all physicians and providers – from access to reimbursement. Increasingly more and more in recent years, major shifts in the health care landscape are being determined by policymakers and legislation.  The MD-MPP program equips future physicians to take a central role in health care policy and programming that will shape the future of health care in California and throughout the nation.”

Both the School of Public Policy and the School of Medicine are enrolling students who want to improve the quality of life for residents of the Inland Empire, Deolalikar said.

“We are focused on developing future leaders whose training in public policy is grounded in the scientific approach, not armchair activism,” he said. “You have to have proper rigorous training in public policy to say what policies this region needs to make life better for everyone here. We need people who can produce the data, analyze policy options, and make sound recommendations.”

The School of Public Policy may pair the MPP with other graduate degree programs, such as the Master of Business Administration, and offer public policy certificates to Ph.D. students in a variety of disciplines, Deolalikar said.

“If a student has a public policy track in addition to their Ph.D. program, for example, if their dissertation is on the public policy aspect of environmental engineering, that opens a new set of career options,” he added.

Offering a Public Policy degree for medical students is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. UCR is dedicated to educating the next generation of student in facets where the can make the biggest impact on the community and the world.

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Aviation Students Land Jobs Offers

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Madison De Genner and published in CBU Banner on March 30, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: CBU Banner

Four students from California Baptist University’s aviation flight program received conditional job offers within the last few months from growing airplane company, ExpressJet Airlines.

Although CBU’s aviation flight program is only three years old, ExpressJet Airlines took interest from the start, partnering with CBU to introduce itself to prospective pilots through the “Pathway Program.”

Kyle LeVesque, senior aviation flight major, said the Pathway Program is ExpressJet Airlines’ method of giving aviation students at CBU a guaranteed interview opportunity.

“You have to fulfill specific requirements through a three-step interview process, maintain your GPA, get all your training done, work as a flight instructor and get the minimum hour requirement to apply for a job in the industry,” he said.

All four students passed ExpressJet’s sample test, written knowledge exam, technical interview and human resource interview, leading them to conditional job offers.

“They cannot guarantee a job, but if you satisfy all of those requirements, then they give you a conditional job offer,” LeVesque said, “which is basically saying, ‘Once you meet the hour requirements and do your training, call us up and we’ll set a date for you to come and join the new hire class day.’”

The offer is conditional because each student must first complete all of his or her training before the offer can be sanctioned.

“Most likely, if you get the offer, you are going to stay committed and dedicated because you want to do well,” LeVesque said.

The other students expressed their anticipation and relief over the offers.

“I am very excited and relieved to have a job waiting for me after college,” said Hannah Guajardo, junior aviation flight major.

Amanda Snodgrass, junior aviation flight major, said the offers are a measure of the aviation flight program’s success.

“It is nice to have that opportunity in my back pocket for when I reach eligibility,” she said. “I feel very proud of my accomplishment and everyone else’s, as well. It shows how good of a program CBU has built.”

Howard Dang, junior aviation flight major, said he has been in love with aircrafts since he was a little child.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the unique aspects that make airplanes work,” Dang said. “It’s my dream to become a pilot so it’s definitely a great feeling knowing that I have a job waiting for me after graduation. I believe that if we work hard and believe in God, anything is possible.”

CBU’s efforts and commitment to education certainly illustrate the Seizing Our Destiny pillar of intelligent growth.  For students, one of the greatest challenges they meet is finding a career path after graduation.  Providing students with the opportunity of future employment while they are completing their training at Cal Baptist holds great value to aviation science students.   This is just one example of how Cal Baptist University promotes intelligent growth by collaborating to build a stronger community for future Riversiders.

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La Sierra Rolls Out First Robotics Summer Camp

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Darla Martin Tucker and published in La Sierra News/Events on March 24, 2016.)

In this 2015 photo, La Sierra Academy sophomore Lewis Keyes, left, reads instructions on how to make a connection on an Adruino microcontroller board while academy sophomore Cory Cheesebro carries out the task. The students were participating in a robotics club led by La Sierra University computer science Professor Enoch Hwang. (Photo courtesy of Enoch Hwang)
In this 2015 photo, La Sierra Academy sophomore Lewis Keyes, left, reads instructions on how to make a connection on an Adruino microcontroller board while academy sophomore Cory Cheesebro carries out the task. The students were participating in a robotics club led by La Sierra University computer science Professor Enoch Hwang. (Photo courtesy of Enoch Hwang)

Robotics Summer Camp, scheduled over two weeks between June 13 – 24 will provide participants ages 9 and up with hands-on activities that teach robotics, computer programming, electronics, and analytical thinking. The summer camp will conclude with a robot-building competition in which the winners will take home their robots.

Participants will use an Arduino kit to build their robots. The kit cost is included in the camp registration fee and comes with the Adruino microcontroller board, USB cable, LEDs, buzzer, push button, various sensors, motor and other components.

“It’s been my passion to work with electronics and robotics, even when I was a kid,” said Enoch Hwang, organizer of the camp and computer science department chair at La Sierra. “I enjoy teaching others the knowledge I have gained.”

Hwang also leads a robotics club at La Sierra in which he and a group of students with interests in robotics meet regularly to build fun electronic gadgets. Members of the club will assist with the summer camp activities.

BK Precision Corp., a Yorba Linda-based manufacturer of test and measurement instruments and Global Specialties, a maker of electronic training products also headquartered in Yorba Linda, serve as robotics camp sponsors.

Robotic technology is a burgeoning market that is breaking barriers in ways previously thought not possible, according to various reports. For some, an interest in robotics could lead to a future career in a new arena. A robotics market report published by Business Insider in May 2015 predicts a $1.5 billion market for consumer and business robots by 2019, with a growth rate seven times faster than the market for manufacturing robots.

“Getting first-hand experience in making a robot may enlighten camp participants to pursue a future career in computer and electronics engineering, which is predicted as one of the fastest growing job markets for the next decade,” Hwang said.

Riverside’s initiative to promote and encourage STEM education is a model of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  STEM education plays a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.

Robotics Summer Camp will be held June 13 – 24, Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 12 noon at La Sierra’s Price Science Complex, Room 147. Registration is $80 per person. Registration deadline is May 31. An early-bird discount of 10% will be applied with online registration and payment before May 11.

For registration and information visit, or email La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside. A campus map is available at

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RCC School of Nursing Secures Two Song-Brown Grants

(This article contains excerpts form the article published in RCC Campus News on March 1, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: RCC Campus News
For the second consecutive year, Riverside City College’s School of Nursing has received Song-Brown grants totaling $325,000.
RCC received $200,000 from the RN Capitation Award and $125,000 from the RN Special Program Award. The $200,000 RN Capitation Award was the second-largest award presented to a college in the state. Meanwhile the College was one of six schools to receive $125,000, the largest amount awarded, from the RN Special Program Award for a Virtual Clinical Simulation (VCS) program.
The Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act was established in 1973 and encourages universities and primary care health professionals to provide healthcare in medically underserved areas, and provides financial support to registered nurse education programs throughout California.
The $200,000 award will help RCC’s School of Nursing address the RN shortage in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties and fund a full-time faculty position. The award will also allow the program to admit an additional 10 students into the Nursing program in the fall. Students admitted into Nursing 11 will have their clinical rotation at one of RCC’s partner hospitals, all located in medically underserved areas. These hospitals serve a patient population with a very high percentage of Hispanic and Spanish-only-speaking individuals. The 10 students will be expected to complete the ADN program and qualify to take the NCLEX exam. Based on historical data, after graduation as many as 90 percent of them will secure employment in the local communities.
“The Song-Brown grants will allow the program to enroll an additional 10 minority nurses over the grant period and create a Virtual Clinical Simulation program,” said Sandy Baker, dean, Nursing. “The Virtual Clinical Simulation program will ensure RCC student nurse exposure to clinical situations. Two designated faculty will prepare to become certified Healthcare Simulation Educators, who will train other faculty; develop and implement simulation scenarios with nursing students; and participate in inter-professional collaborative experiences with other members of the healthcare team.”
A 2014 landmark study conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing validated the use of simulation in pre-licensure nursing curriculum as an effective substitution for up to 50 percent of traditional clinical experiences, producing comparable end-of-program educational outcomes.
RCC’s School of Nursing is one of only 27 nationally accredited associate degree in Nursing programs in California, and has demonstrated great success in attracting and admitting members of minority groups into its RN program.
Grants like these increase the great work done at RCC and help equip their nursing students with the knowledge needed to succeed. RCC’s effort to develop programs that meet the needs of employers is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny intelligent growth pillar.

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CBU Earns Consecutive Tree Campus USA Recognition

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on February 26, 2015.)

Volunteers for the Autumn Arbor Day/Service Project gather for a picture before heading across campus to plant and cultivate trees on Dec 5. Photo Credit: cbu News & Events
Volunteers for the Autumn Arbor Day/Service Project gather for a picture before heading across campus to plant and cultivate trees on Dec 5. Photo Credit: cbu News & Events

For the second consecutive year California Baptist University has earned a Tree Campus USA recognition.

To obtain this distinction, CBU met five core standards set by Tree Campus USA in order to maintain an effective campus forest management. The requirements consist of having a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

“Your entire campus community should be proud of your sustained commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Mary Sweeney, program manager at Arbor Day Foundation, in an email to CBU on the award.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

“Tree Campus USA is a distinction that the Arbor Day Foundation has come up with that says ‘We are all about trees,’” said Ed Schmachtenberger, manager of grounds and landscaping at CBU.

In December, for Autumn Arbor Day, CBU students, faculty and staff planted trees in parking lots and cultivated areas around existing trees.

Schmachtenberger said CBU has plans to plant up to 50 additional trees around campus. With the growing concern of climate change and pollution from fossil fuels, CBU is taking steps to reduce their foot print on the environment and promote the quality of life for all through intelligent growth of their campus.

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CBU Leading Team To Enhance Science Teaching

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in cbu News & Events on January 28, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: CBU News & Events

California Baptist University will lead a team that will work on revamping curriculum and learning environments for science classes in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. The partnership will be funded by a $1.35 million grant from the California Department of Education (CDE).

The grant is made available by the California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant program and is administered by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics office at the CDE. The grant’s aim is to increase the academic achievement of students by enhancing the knowledge and teaching skills of high school instructors.

CBU is the lead university in the project that also will include University of California, Riverside and Michigan State University. Additionally, the California Science Project, a statewide network for educators, and Concord Consortium, a software company known for its innovative technology, will be part of the collaborative efforts.

Together the group will develop curriculum to help teachers in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space. Furthermore, they will create labs and computer simulations that teachers can use to meet new state standards in science.

“[The grant will] help teachers have a higher level of content knowledge and also provide more tools for them to make sure they’re producing better students,” said Dr. Jim Buchholz, CBU professor of mathematics and physics and principal investigator of the grant. He will be working with other CBU faculty from the department of natural and mathematical sciences to develop tools for the teachers. Riverside is working everyday to embrace intelligent growth within all facets of the community.

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RUSD Joins Forces With Girls Who Code

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in RUSD News.)

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Photo Credit: RUSD

Riverside Unified School District announced today a partnership with Girls Who Code, the national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. The partnership between the school district and the non-profit will provide computer science education and real-world programing experience to girls through two free programs: the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program and the Girls Who Code Clubs Program. This is Girls Who Code’s first formal partnership with a school district in the country.

With this partnership, Riverside Unified and Girls Who Code will work to inspire, educate, and equip girls in the Riverside community with the skills and resources they need to pursue opportunities in computing. The Summer Immersion Program is a free 7-week introduction to computer science for rising juniors and seniors in high school. The Clubs program is a free after-school or weekend program for middle and high school students. Interested students and parents can find out more about both programs by visiting

Since 2012, Girls Who Code has reached more than 10,000 girls in 42 states. Importantly, 90 percent of Summer Immersion Program graduates have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science.

“Since founding Girls Who Code, it’s been my dream to democratize access to computer science education for girls across the country,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “Thanks to the Riverside Unified School District, we are one step close to achieving that dream.”

Dr. Angelov Farooq, Board Trustee at Riverside Unified School District said “as a school district dedicated to equipping students with technical skills they need to get jobs, we are thrilled to pioneer the first­ever Girls Who Code partnership with a school district. Reshma is both a personal friend and a true visionary, and I’m excited to work together to bring the national movement to close the gender gap in technology to the Riverside community.”

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs open in the computing related fields, but the United States is only on pace to filling 29% of them with computer science graduates. At current rates, only 3% will be filled by women. Girls Who Code and its partners nationwide are seeking to change that.

This partnership is the latest commitment by Riverside Unified to bring technology education to its students. Sporting the tagline, “Innovation in Education,” Riverside Unified has made technology implementation one of its highest priorities. The District supports the city’s Smart Riverside computer training for low-income families as well as its Code to Careers initiative, which grew out of the success of the city’s computer training and the district’s participation with Google’s CS First initiative, in which 1,700 RUSD students have written more than 12,000 hours of code. The district has also spearheaded a multi-district consortium with

Riverside’s initiative to promote and encourage STEM education is a model of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  STEM education plays a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non­profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st ​century opportunities. Additional information is available at w​​

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Riverside Art Museum Awarded $800,000 from the James Irvine Foundation

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Photo Credit: The Press Enterprise

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) has been awarded a three-year $800,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation to advance sustainable organization transformation that leads to expanded arts engagement. RAM is one of six California arts organizations – and the only one from the Inland Valley region – who received a New California Arts Fund grant.

The purpose of the New California Arts Fund is to help nonprofits move arts engagement to the core of who they are and what they do. The James Irvine Foundation provides a combination of support for organization capacity building and for arts engagement programming that encourages and expands participation in the arts among California’s growing and diverse communities. New California Arts Fund grantee-partners are selected through an invitation-only process.

Specifically, the funds will support the museum‘s engagement work over a three-year period. This includes incorporating lessons learned from the popular Riverside Art Make engagement project into “core” programs such as art education classes, art exhibitions, and collections stewardship. The Art Make, which brought hands-on art making projects to a variety of Riverside neighborhoods, provided lessons on which type of art practices can facilitate collaboration, participation, and break down the misconception of “I am not an artist.” During the Riverside Art Make, the museum served 9,533 individuals. Nearly one-half had never been to the museum, yet 92.5% said they would attend future RAM events. Survey data also indicated that the top most enjoyable aspect of the Riverside Art Make was “participating in creating something.”

This grant is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s Intelligent Growth Pillar.  Riverside embraces economic growth and directs it so it maintains and improves our already outstanding quality of life. This includes growing the economy, raising the standard of living and managing a growing population. Our community uses land and repurposes historic structures to provide excellent jobs, support to businesses and steward our heritage and natural beauty.