Erin Gruwell

“Most of you set the curve in school, go off and do great things. These kids are 14, and they don’t know where they’re going to get their next meal.” These were the words spoken at the Dean of Students Winter Leadership Conference in January by Erin Gruwell, a UC Irvine alumna who has become famous throughout the realm of education.

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Anteaters Get Crafty: DIY Club

On a Tuesday night in Social Ecology II room 1306, there are nimble fingers moving. These fingers are not busy calculating math problems, nor are they busy writing essays – they are in the midst of knitting. Huddled in a large circle, the murmurs of the students can be heard, but all stay focused on creating a delicate rectangular piece. This room has become the home of members of the DIY Craft and Art Club, and knitting is just one of the projects brought to campus by the organization. The DIY Craft and Art Club, which was started in the summer of 2009, promotes self-expression and has grown over the last year.

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UCI Volunteers Go International

It was a sweltering summer day in a village outside of Nairobi, Africa. Jenna Tourje, a second-year graduate student in urban and regional planning, approached a man who lived in a mud hut in the middle of the African savannah. Armed with a translator at her side, Tourje sat down, among the gathering of goats and chickens, to speak with the man about his water needs in order to understand what kind of project her group, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), could accomplish at that site. As the conversation came to an end, Tourje heard the ring of a cell phone. To her surprise, the man, who had almost nothing to support his three wives and starving children, took out a cell phone. At the moment, Tourje realized how incredibly connected the world had become.

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