News for EC/ENST students - 2/6/2023

1) Black Liberation Month 2023
The theme for Cal Poly Humboldt's Black Liberation Month 2023 is “#KuumbaForLiberation.” Kuumba means creativity in Swahili and is one of the nguzu saba's seven principles which guide the work being done in the Umoja Center for Pan African Excellence. The Umoja Center and our campus collaborators have cooked up some great opportunities for students and the rest of our campus community. See here for details.
  • *A new event not yet on the calendar*: CRGS has booked SH 108 for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 3:00-4:30pm to screen the live conversation at Columbia University in NYC that will examine the attacks on AP African American Studies and discuss the threats to anti-racism & democracy. The event is from 3:00-4:30. Then afterward, we'll have about 30 minutes of our own discussion in response. 
2) Faculty candidate research talk, teaching demo, and meet and greet

Active link for the teaching demo

3) "Understanding 'TEK', how the term came into existence, and how it related to indigenous knowledge," Feb. 8
4) Teachers, EduLeaders, Advocates, and Scholars Speaker Series
Active Zoom link
5) Delta Science Communication Fellowship
The Delta Science Communication Fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity for an early career science communicator to gain hands-on experience in coastal, estuarine, and freshwater science communication and stakeholder engagement. The work will primarily include producing content that highlights scientific research findings on high-priority topics that are critical to managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The successful applicant will be placed at California Sea Grant in San Diego for a 12-month paid fellowship ($4420.75 per month) starting in July 2023, with the possibility of an earlier start date pending funding availability.

Applications are due by April 3 and may be submitted by a recent graduate or current student close to completing a degree (Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., or J.D) in a field related to science communication, journalism, or science, at a U.S. university. See here for more details and information on how to apply.
6) Humboldt Bay Mycological Society talk, February 15

Dr. Ximena Curiel,a biodesigner and university professor on the subjects of Biomimicry, Ethnography and Climate Change, will discuss "Fungal Pigments" on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Dr. Curiel is a biopreneur of natural pigments for textile applications; her interest in color led her to research fungal pigments and its potential to replace synthetic dyes in the fashion industry. She currently lives in the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, where she collects Ascomycota species for color testing and lab culturing. See here for more details.


7) Labor Summer Internship Program, applications due Feb. 15
Spend your summer learning about social and economic justice and exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, and immigration in the labor movement! Labor Summer is a full-time, PAID, intensive eight-week internship program designed to train the next generation of labor and community leaders. After receiving training from the Labor Summer team, you will be paired with a labor or community organization to apply your skills in real-world settings on issues vital to the state’s working people. You’ll also gain the skills and networks to explore and prepare for labor-related jobs after graduation.
  • Labor Summer runs June 20 - August 11, 2023
  • All programming will be in-person!
  • Open to rising juniors and seniors, graduating students, and graduate students
  • Undergraduates are paid $20/hr and graduate students are paid $22/hr
  • Applications are DUE Wednesday, February 15, 2023
  • Learn more about the Labor Summer Internship Program on our website. 
  • Check out our FAQ page
  • Even more questions? Email Clementina Jara at 
8) HEIF Idea Papers and committee openings

Have an idea about how to make campus more sustainable? Submit your idea AND receive funding for it. Approximately $150,000 is available for on-campus ideas! The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund is a concept championed by students where student fee money is collected into a fund that is then available to students for sustainability projects on the Cal Poly Humboldt campus. If you want to learn more about HEIF, click here. Check out previous projects here. Submit your idea to this google form.  

The HEIF Committee reviews ideas and is composed of 5 students and 4 staff/faculty who are responsible for voting on idea paper and project proposals, implementations, and more. Associated Students is seeking 2 students to represent the student body on this committee, including a student co-chair. Student Committee members typically spend 1-3 hours per week in meetings. Apply here through AS. We would love for you to join us!
9) "Using Detection Dogs to Conserve Wildlife," Feb. 15
The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM as a hybrid event, offered both in-person and on Zoom. Jennifer Hartman and Heath Smith of Rogue Detection Dogs will present “Using Detection Dogs to Conserve Wildlife.” The event begins with a Zoo update slideshow at 6:45 PM. The lecture starts promptly at 7:00 PM. More details here.
10) New PhD program in sociology with strong environmental component
The University of Texas at El Paso will begin its new PhD program in sociology this fall, and we are accepting invitations. While it is sociology, there are four reasons your excellent students should consider applying. It is at the U.S.-Mexico border, an extraordinary place for doing important social science. The university has 85% Latinx students, and the program will focus on Latinx people. The department has anthropologists and geographers as well as sociologists, and all are included fully in the program. And we will have generous support for students. 

International Education Week
Cal Poly Humboldt's 24th annual International Education Week. FREE events with keynote speakers, discussions, and workshops from many academic disciplines! Feb. 6-10 across campus. See the full schedule here.

Environment Studies Club, Feb. 6 meeting
Care about the environment? Looking for community? Or just new friends? The ENST Club or Environmental Studies Club is back up and running and excited for a new semester. The Environmental Studies Club is comprised of individuals who care about the environment and the beings living in it. The club also focuses on having a positive outlook on environmental issues and often holds meetings specifically to mitigate anxiety and fear surrounding climate change. All students are welcome and you don't have to be an Environmental Studies student to join. 
Club meetings are on Monday at 6:15 pm in Founders Hall 181 followed by an excursion somewhere in Humboldt County on the following Saturday. Meetings are biweekly. Below is a full semester calendar of events and meeting times. For any questions or to get on the mailing list email We hope to see you there!