College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Other Opportunities 2011.10.14

October 14, 2011

- Learn and serve on an Alternative Break
- Apply for the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute
- Join Project Pueblo over winter break
- Volunteer with the Magnolia Project
- Team up with Friends of Northern Uganda
- Volunteer with BareAbundance
- Join the IGERT in Climate Change, Water, and Society initial cohort
- Volunteer with Audobon

Learn and serve on an Alternative Break
Online Applications are due Sunday, OCTOBER 16th, midnight! and can be found here:
Join the national movement of college students making a difference during their spring breaks. Explore a social justice issue, immerse yourself in a community, and apply your knowledge! Alternative Breaks takes teams of students to various areas throughout the Western United States on week-long service-learning trips, exploring the complexities of social issues by allowing students to work, eat, and live with people who are directly impacted by racism, poverty, and other injustices addressed in 2-unit DECals. Financial aid is available for all trips. Participants often come away from these experiences with a new perspective on social justice not only on the trips, but also in their own communities. What Alternative Breaks has to offer:
A 2-unit Spring DECal Course to learn about a particular social justice issue
A weeklong spring service trip with your peers to visit an impacted community
We are celebrating our 11th year with TEN Alternative Spring Break service-learning trips (March 24-30, 2012):
Environmental Justice: Examining Health, Building Community, Demanding Equity
Animal Welfare: Rethinking Social Justice to Include Our Furry Friends
We Are Human: Immigration & Arizona
Food for Thought: Food Justice & Sustainability
Homelessness: Give Me Shelter: An Immersion into Poverty and Homelessness
Health in Urban LA
Voices of the Unheard: The Struggle for Equality and Rights in Indian Country
New Orleans: Katrina Forgotten? Deconstructing the Aftermath
Breaking Down Borders Between San Diego and Tijuana
Central Valley: The Battle for Human Dignity: Migrant Farmworker Rights

Apply for the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute!
The Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley will host the 31st Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in the summer of 2012! We are now accepting applications for the 2012 PPIA Program. The application deadline is November 1, 2011. For the application materials and to apply, visit:

The PPIA Program is open to college juniors from diverse backgrounds who are interested in being prepared for graduate studies and ultimately careers in public policy, international affairs and law. The program is an intensive seven-week summer program of classes and co-curricular activities promoting the professional and personal development of emerging leaders in public service. For more information regarding the PPIA Program at UC Berkeley, please visit:

Please contact Nadine Spingola, PPIA Program Coordinator, email: / (510) 643-9170, or Martha Chavez, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, email: / (510) 643-4266, or if you have any questions or need more information.

Join Project Pueblo over winter break!
Project Pueblo is a student-led organization that connects passionate students with communities that truly need our help. We are currently planning an Early Winter Trip (Jan 2 - 8) to the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona, a region that has been negatively affected by historical, social, environmental and political forces. Here are some of the things that you can do:
• Improve sub-standard housing conditions and build affordable housing
• Learn about sustainable agricultural practices
• Build basic sanitation facilities (bathrooms and running water) for families that haven’t had them in the past 40 years.
• Learn about and help with environmental justice, public health, and social issues that the Navajo face
• Experience traditional Navajo Culture
If you would like more information on how to get involved and become part of the solution (and in the process reclaim for yourself Berkeley's legacy) please come out to one of Project Pueblo's info sessions:
Oct 24 (Monday) 7Pm – 8PM at Dwinelle 189
Oct 26 (Wednesday) 7Pm – 8 PM at Dwinelle 263
Nov 1 (Tuesday) 7pm – 8pm at Dwinelle 89
Nov 3 (Wednesday) 7pm – 8pm at Dwinelle 189

If you cannot make it to any of these times, please email us at or check our website for updates.

Volunteer with the Magnolia Project!
Interested in a summer service trip or internship in New Orleans/the Gulf Coast? Want to experience one of America's most culturally and historically rich cities with the mission of social justice and solidarity?
Come out to our informational session/teach-ins in October 2011 to learn more about the program, hear from past participants, meet The Magnolia Project Team, and learn how to apply!
10/24/2011, 7-8:30pm, 108 WHEELER
Applications available: October 14 - Applications due: October 28
The Magnolia Project seeks dedicated student volunteers who are not afraid to get dirty and challenge their own assumptions about a just rebuilding process in the Gulf Coast. The program offers a 3 week Summer Service Trip, an 8 week Summer Internship Program, and a Semester long exchange with the University of New Orleans*. Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The Magnolia Project is a University of California, Berkeley student social justice organization created in collaboration with the Cal Corps Public Service Center. This year marks the fifth summer of a ten-year commitment to working in solidarity with Gulf Coast communities.

Questions: or check out the Facebook group page:!/groups/2230979450/

Team up with Friends of Northern Uganda!
Are you passionate about human rights issues? Would you like to advocate for the rights of child soldiers in Uganda? Do you want to know more about one of the longest running civil wars in Africa?

Friends of Northern Uganda (FNU) is an ASUC sponsored club with the purpose of bringing awareness to the University of California, Berkeley campus and the surrounding community in regards to the war and the use of child soldiers in Northern Uganda. We work closely with the Concerned Parents Association, a non-governmental organization in Northern Uganda, to achieve our goals.

We have several upcoming fundraising events planned, as well as some socials! Meetings are regularly scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:30pm, in 104 GPB (room subject to change). If you are interested in joining, would like to be added to our mailing list, or would like more information please contact us at!

Volunteer with BareAbundance
BareAbundance is an ASUC sponsored, non-profit service organization dedicated to food justice and waste reduction in the Berkeley and Oakland areas. We have been recognized as a newly established student group by the Blum Center, the Associated Students of University of California, as well as the UC Berkeley and have recently won the BigIdeas Competition for our
work. Our mission is to facilitate the development of healthy and sustainable food communities through a multifaceted education program targeting vulnerable populations. We hope to teach students how to make nutritious meals during our after school program, while simultaneously encouraging the formation of ‘food-driven’ values that focus on the issues of health, sustainability, and homelessness in our local communities.

We are looking for undergraduate or graduate students who would like to join the BareAbundance team this fall semester and, ideally, continue throughout the academic year. There are positions on our team for members of all types and commitment levels, however, we are currently striving to find dedicated and committed students to fulfill the positions of
Secretary, Treasurer, Grant-writer, and Media Relations Coordinator as well as Director of Sustainable Practices, Director of External Affairs, and Director of Membership. Please note that this can also be counted as your local practice experience for the Global Poverty and Practice minor! If you are interested in these positions, or want to know how to get more
involved, please contact us at with questions and

Join the IGERT in Climate Change, Water, and Society initial cohort!
Climate change and related water problems pose some of the most formidable challenges to science and society today. The IGERT in Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS) at UC Davis is designed to provide a new generation of scientists with the disciplinary depth and the multidisciplinary breadth to address effects of climate change on water resources, including unification of hydrologic and climate science toward a more advanced understanding of hydroclimatology and better translation of science into action.
In partnership with our cooperating institutions – the Colorado School of Mines, California State University, Fresno, and University of Concepción, Chile -- the CCWAS IGERT will provide transformative interdisciplinary training spanning...
hydrologic science
atmospheric science
resource economics, and
political science.
We seek talented students to apply to the CCWAS training program. CCWAS trainees will receive a stipend of $30,000 per year plus fees for two years.

For more information, go to, or contact our academic coordinator, Carole Hom (

Volunteer with Audobon!
Audubon needs your help to spread the word for our upcoming volunteers trainings. We have had such fantastic support from UC students in the past; we would be so grateful if you could circulate the our call for volunteers for our fall/winter Eco-Education programs. Visit for more information. Also, here is a link to our new program video: