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GIIP GEARS UP FOR SUMMER

**NEWS FLASH** MEASURE 37 PASSES!!!

Thanks to the hard work and organizational prowess of Gail Chadwin and Elliott Collins, and the efforts of many other fellows UCSCʼs May Referendum included an initiative to help fund GIIP internships. On June 2 it was announced that Measure 37 was passed by student voters. Measure 37 will add nearly $40,000 to the coffers to further fulfill GIIPʼs causes: undergraduate education, social justice and sustainability. Great job Gail and Elliot! Roslyn and Akua, a recipient of a Kiva loan used to expand the selection of clothing she carries at her store in the Kumasi market.

Supporting Developing Countries through Micro-Loans Roslyn Wang, Ghana

Last summer, GIIP student Roslyn Wang served an internship with Kiva. Kiva was the worldʼs first micro-lending site, giving individuals the opportunity to make small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Jon Madden interviewed Roslyn to learn about her experience. 1) What was the nature of your project with Kiva? I worked with a new Kiva partner called Sinapi. Theyʼre a microfinancing non-profit that lends to entrepreneurs all over Ghana. I visited 12 or so of their branches to post client profiles. continued on page 6

inside... Class Round Up.................................3 Gail Chadwin Chalatenango, El Salvador.................4 Accolades and Awards.......................7


LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Greetings to the GIIP Community,

GIIP Director Paul Lubeck

Itʼs been an especially active and productive year for all the GIIPers, in fact too many events, projects and successes to recount in this letter. We have strengthened our existing partnerships and developed new partnerships in Nigeria with the Centre for Information Technology and Development (www.citad.interconnection.org) and the International Institute of Education on reproductive health policy. Two GIIPers---Alejandra Bonilla and Dayana Stockdale---will be taking up GIIP-Riecken Fellowships this summer. Maira Sutton will be interning with Sisters in Islam in Kaula Lumpur for six months, and many others

will be doing GIIP projects while on EAP in India, Brazil and France. Under Adam Thompsonʼs steady hand, the GIIP-CMC Technology Leadership Institute is thriving with many GIIPers working on the August event. Former GIIP coordinator, Brandon Wright, and Adam have been building a new video-based data base for students to post their videos called “California Voices”. CMC has been a splendid partner, one that displays how the GIIP experience nurtures social entrepreneurship that supports students excluded from the University. As always, Adam has been tirelessly building networks, teaching technology and creating new partnerships. During the Spring Quarter, he teamed up with Elijah Saxon, a Sociology graduate student, to teach a new course on agile computing (Sociology 80V) using Ruby on Rails for supporting civil society and social justice groups. For most of the year, my mission has been to move the GIIP-inspired minor in “Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) through the academic shoals guarded by the faculty of the Sociology Department, the Dean of Social Sciences and, finally, the Academic Senate Committee on Education Policy (CEP). (Not possible to do of course unless I read passages from The Snow Leopard daily!) While the final approval has not yet come down from CEP, all signs are very positive so we expect to receive approval for the GISES minor and an intensive Sociology major in GISES by the end of the year. Keep your fingers crossed! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to making the GISES minor/intensive major a reality. This no trivial feat! I will close by thanking Mark and Christina Headley for their generous gift support. Mark is recovering from an illness and so we all want to beam him our warm regards as he recovers this summer. Warm regards,

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GIIP Student Projects

Class Round Up

GIIP students are involved in developing and

implementing a number of innovative projects, locally and abroad. If you are interested in supporting any of these exciting programs, please contact GIIP: giip@ucsc.edu Maira Suttonʼs project involves working with Sisters In Islam (SIS) for 6 months in Kuala Lumpur to help them with re-designing and translating their website, and with all technological issues to increase their efficiency and functionality as an organization. She will also train permanent staffers in tech skills to sustain technological expertise within SIS. As a bilingual Japanese speaker, Maira will translate their site from English to Japanese for researchers and potential Japanese funders of SIS. As an internationally reputed organization, it is crucial for them to represent their organization through a design-rich, interactive website. By upgrading their site into a user-friendly, interactive web tool, SIS can increase awareness of issues and build a supportive community of Islamic Malaysian women and eventually branch out to the international community. Dayana Stockdale is working on a project involving digital storytelling and radio broadcasting in Honduras. She hopes to complete this project abroad in Honduras this summer with help from the Riecken Foundation, a partner of GIIP. Her project is called Honduras en Accion! and addresses the lack of access rural communities have to media and info technology. Through teaching students from rural Honduras how to manage their own radio program, as well as teaching them more about computers and film making, Dayana hopes to help connect these students and their communities with the global community. She hopes that “the ability to create meaningful content through personalized design will empower every participant, listener, viewer, an actively encourage self-expression, documentation communication and collaboration.” Dmitry Kogan will be going to India this summer and into fall quarter of next year as part of the Education Abroad Program at UC Santa Cruz. During Continued on page 5

Agile Web Development for Social Justice with Rails

Winter 2008 was a great success for GIIP.

The curriculum included the process of writing an effective project proposal and theories on project design and innovation. With this knowledge the students were able to refine their ideas and produce a more focused project that can be realized. The resulting project ideas were very creative and included many topics such as water resources, environmental issues, human rights, education, sustainable development, and universal access to technology. The class also had a technical lab where students learned valuable technology skills to incorporate in their projects. There were three possible labs students could attend with varying degrees of difficulty. The Tech Essentials lab taught basic tech literacy. The Web lab is the most popular and provides students with the fundamentals of web development. The Ruby on Rails Lab was an experimental lab section for those students who wanted a challenge. Winter quarterʼs Ruby lab was so successful that it became a full 5 credit class under the Sociology Department as SOCY80V: Agile Web Development for Social Justice. Thanks to the combined effort of directors Paul Lubeck and Adam Thompson, consultant Elijah Saxton and GIIP Fellows all the class components were very successful.

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Gail Chadwin: Chalatenango, El Salvador for the site in both English and Spanish... I taught two of the staff members how to update it, using Joomla!, a Content Management System, during my last week of work.”

Community members pose at a tree-planting

GIIP fellow Gail Chadwin spent Summer and Fall quarter in Chalatenango, El Salvador, helping a local NGO preserve natural resources and improve the local infrastructure and economy. Working with the Intermunicipal Technical Unit (UTI) of the Association of Municipalities Mancomunidad La Montañona (MLM), Gailʼs project focused on enhancing the UTIʼs organizational capacity. Some of Gailʼs most exciting work improved the UTIʼs utilization of information technology. She first created a database of possible grants and foundations to which the organization could apply for funding. Finding the right foundations proved difficult, but Gailʼs final database included several promising opportunities. She also observed how the UTI used technology over several months, and wrote an extensive assessment on how they could increase their technical capacity. Near the end of her stay, Gail took charge of improving the municipalitiesʼ internet presence as well. Looking to improve the local economy, the MLM wanted to attract tourists, but was having trouble marketing on a wide scale. Gailʼs solution was to write Wikipedia pages for each municipality. When their original contractors didnʼt come through, she also picked up the task of creating a website for the UTI. “I eventually grew tired of waiting and, with the support of the rest of the staff, completed a design and wrote content

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In addition to her technical work, Gail got involved in the UTIʼs community projects. She was the organizationʼs representative at the Intersectorial Committee for the Rescue of the Tamulasco River, and was able to meet with community members, representatives of nonprofits, and local government officials, including the mayor of Las Vueltas. She also taught English at the local school and to forest rangers who needed to be able to communicate with tourists. “My work with the Mancomunidad was overall very rewarding.” she says, “I enjoyed working on all of the technology and other projects and learned a lot through my work.” Gail was able to use the skills she learned from GIIP throughout her project for the technical assessment, the grants database, and in creating a Joomla! site. Though she was often frustrated by set backs and procrastination, especially from the Executive Director, she was able to accomplish a great deal by working closely and effectively with her coworkers. “Luckily I had support from my other coworkers, so I was able to complete all of my planned projects... Hopefully the work I completed will help to improve the organizational capacity of the Unidad Técnica and the staff.”

Gail with co-worker, Norma


Student Projects, con’t his stay in India, Dmitry will be working with a group called Drishtee. Drishtee sets up Information Kiosks around rural India. The organizationʼs goal is to develop a village model for strengthening their infrastructure and empowering rural communities with technology. Dmitry will be working on this initiative as well as other projects upon his arrival to India. Alejandra Bonilla will be working on helping Honduran women with domestic & sexual violence. She is targeting teenage women in her workshops so that they can avoid domestic violence and violence in general. She is traveling to rural Honduras this summer with help from the Riecken Foundation to implement her project. Scott Reed will be teaching tech classes on Microsoft Office, web design, and databases in Kano, Nigeria primarily with organizations involved in reproductive health/rights. The idea is to “train the trainers” to make a sustainable program. Ian Andersonʼs project focuses on developing a computer recycling program for public schools. He hopes to deliver barely used computers (in good working condition) to public schools in hopes of lessening the gap in technology access between private and public schools. Sarah Olsenʼs project is to start a Bicycle class at UCSC. Her project addresses the crucial need for environmentally friendly transportation amid our changing global climate. This project includes the creation of a bike library on campus in addition to all the fun bike rides to come! Felix Vayssieres is working on developing a managable composting program for the city of Santa Cruz. Massive amounts of food waste are wasted in landfills. Felixʼs project addresses the problem of resource mismanagement and provides a sustainable alternative to harmful landfills.

GIIPers Help Student Activists “Power Up” Their Orgs - Suzi Grishpul

The pilot run of Power Up Your Org!, a work-

shop series for student organizers, was a tremendous success. It consisted of two sessions: the first on strategies and online tools for managing group projects, the second on developing a communications strategy and attractive publicity materials. Natasha Collins, Gail Chadwin, and I developed the curriculum for the workshop, augmenting it with input from a survey of student organizers on what topics they would be interested in covering. The goal of these workshops was twofold; we wanted to create a space for students to share and discuss their work, as well as conduct a hands-on training in a few simple and effective tools that address the issues identified by fellow student organizers. We ourselves use these tools in organizing GIIP, and have kept ourselves quite sane in doing so. We had participants from a variety of groups on campus, including: Kinetic Poetics Project, Student Environmental Center, Centro Americanos Unidos, and many others. This event was a great way to promote GIIPʼs presence on campus and invite students into the program. It was also a great way for us to apply what weʼve learned about the use of technology in non-profits to student organizing. Colleges Nine and Ten did us a great service in helping us promote the event, and Merrill, Crown, Oakes, and College Eight graciously helped us provide lunch for attendees. We also received pointers on curriculum and facilitation from Sayo Fujioka (Director of SOAR), Allen Gunn (from Aspiration), and Evan Rosen (former GIIPer with killer design prowess). More information on tools and topics covered at the workshops can be found at: http://powerup.giip. org. If youʼre involved in a student organization at UCSC, please fill out a quick survey on the site and help us make future workshops more relevant to your work! 5


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I also kept a blog of my personal experience on Kivaʼs website. The most important part of my fellowship was to connect internet browsers from around the world to the micro-borrowers in Ghana. (http://fellowsblog.kiva.org/category/ghana/roslynwang/) Because Sinapi was a new partner, my fellowship was somewhat unique. I familiarized Sinapi with Kiva and also developed a posting method for Sinapi to post profiles on their own. 2) What were your goals going out, and how did they change over the course of the project? My goal was to stay malaria free and to keep up with the Kiva fellowship job requirements. One challenge I faced was the slow and inconsistent internet connection. I was not able to upload as many pictures as I would have liked, but compromised with more descriptive blog entries. I also didnʼt get malaria, but compromised by getting skin fungus. 3) How has GIIP aided your project? I was able to get a grant from College Nine using the grant proposal we developed in the GIIP class. Right now I am applying for a position at the Kiva office in San Francisco. They require the applicants to be familiar with database design and CRM applications, which I learned in GIIP. 4) How did the goals of your project play out? Was it successful? Actually, Iʼm not sure what is happening on Sinapiʼs part right now. They have not had any activities on Kiva for a while. Hopefully they will start posting by the end of this month, as Kiva distributes the loans at the end of each month. Kiva is also sending another fellow to Sinapi in February. We have been corresponding over email and Iʼve 6

been trying to help him prepare for Ghana as much as possible. (Editorʼs Note: Sinapi has resumed participation with Kiva) 5) What was the most fun you had there? The University of Ghanaʼs basketball team—the Wild Pussies—was lots of fun to play with, but the highlight of my travels has to be the 10-day bike trip from Cape Coast to the Ivory Coast border. At the end of the trip we traded our bikes to an Ivorian film director for food and accommodation, though a tarantula dropped its egg sack into our jollof rice during dinner.

California Voices Premier GIIP partner, and alumnisʼ labor of love, the Center for Multicultural Cooperation held a premier for digital stories produced through students involved in CMCʼs California Voices after school program. Former GIIP fellows, Brandon Wright, MaryJane Skellerup and Julie Caso hosted nearly 200 people on May 21 for this event, which was kicked off by the grand opening of the Fresno Youth Empowerment Studio (FresYes!). GIIP Assiociate Director, Adam Thompson presented the audience with a new social networking site to host their videos anad create community across the statecaliforniavoices.org. Congratulations to CMC and to the hard working and creative youth who participated in this yearʼs event!

Welcome Wagon Welcome our newest fellows: Sydney Campos, Latin America & Latino Studies John Dulay, Information System Management Carolyn Steinle, Politics Dayana Stockdale, Anthropology Ian Anderson, Sociology & Mechanical Engineering Scott Reed, Feminist Studies


Noteworthy News Accolades and Awards Dan Zarchy has several recent awards and accomplishments to highlight. In September he was awarded the Katharine M. MacDonald award for excellence in student journalism at the California Journalism Awards. In Winter quarter he was awarded the Weiss Family Scholarship, and appointed as editor-in-chief of UCSCʼs City on a Hill Press. Congratulations! Suzi Grishpul was awarded a scholarship from the Glaser Foundation to complete her degree in Sociology. Barney G. Glaser, PhD. and Hon. PhD. in Sociology, was inspired to study sociology during his undergraduate years, and his foundation has established this scholarship with the goal of promoting a quality undergraduate education that provides students with a broader perspective and greater insights about the world around them. In her application, Suzi reflected on the valuable insight she has gained from being involved with GIIP, particularly on applying the study of Sociology to addressing real-world issues. She feels honored to have received this award and intends to use it wisely as she concludes her time at UCSC. Carolyn Steinle is working with Christina Hamill on finalizing plans for the UC Technology Leadership Institute. They are pleased to report that this program has recently received full funding for the next four years from the Fresno Unified School District, and has also received an award from the UCSC Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity. Building on the success of last yearʼs pilot program, is a five day training session for youth leaders from Fresno. Through sessions with UC representatives from campus organizations including Admissions, Financial Aid, and Educational Opportunities Program, students will gain a detailed understanding of the process of applying and finding funding for college, as well as learning cutting edge social computing tools. Throughout the week students will be video documenting the workshops to create an online resource to further disseminate this vital information to their peers.

Check us out: online!

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Special thanks to our partners and supporters! UCSC Sociology Department • Social Sciences Development Division • Lisa Nishioka, Assistant to CGIRS • Ronnie Lipschutz, Professor Politics • Arif Mamdani, Christine Roessler, and Mark Sherman of the Progressive Technology Project • Bob Minnis, Sita Shapiro, Roger Shaff, and Michael Hernandez of International Health Programs • Brandon Wright and MaryJane Skjellerup of the Center for Multicultural Cooperation • Mark and Chris Headley • Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society • The Compton Foundation • The Reicken Foundation • David Taylor, Radical Designs • Allen Gunn, Aspiration • Odwalla • The AT&T Foundation 7


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