Director's Letter

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Published December 2018

Dear Friends,

Happy holidays from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry! We want to thank our extended community for the ongoing support you provide to the Confluencenter. We’ve had a lot going on this year and have a lot to look forward to in 2019.

Following a robust strategic planning retreat featuring our community supporters and University of Arizona participants in January, the Confluencenter was able to finalize its Strategic Plan and move forward with our mission of “encouraging interdisciplinary synergies across campus communities, promoting a dynamic intellectual environment, supporting creative research and activities, and sharing those results, in engaging ways, with the broader public community.” As a part of the new strategic plan for the Confluencenter, we have brought on both new and long-time supporters on our new Advisory Board.

We also had the opportunity to engage and play a role in the UA Strategic Plan. President Robbins presented the plan to ABOR in November, and it was enthusiastically endorsed and approved. The plan under Pillar 3 (The Arizona Advantage), outlines a greatly expanded role for diversity, arts and humanities, cross-border collaborations and innovative economic development. As the plan moves to its implementation phase, we anticipate the Confluencenter playing an active role in this process.

Show & Tell, our public, interdisciplinary multimedia presentation series that’s been going on since 2012, has found a new home at Petroglyphs Tucson in the Lost Barrio. In November, we had a launch party that involved the likes of Salvador Duran, Mariachi Milagro and a food cart from Tacos Apson! If you’d like to be involved in future Show & Tells, our call for proposals for Spring 2019 are due January 6th.

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Photo Credit: Eric McCune

Speaking of calls for proposals, in 2019, we will be re-launching Innovation Farm, funding small interdisciplinary groups of UA scholars exploring interventions that address inequality, for up to $15,000! Proposals are due February 15th

Congratulations to the December graduates, including our own Research Coordinator Christian Ruvalcaba (PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching), and undergraduate student workers Lloyed Cho (Graphic Design), and Yazmin Vasquez (Criminal Justice)! We are confident they are all on to do great things!

Many things are in the works here at the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, so stay tuned for updates from us in the coming months!

I take this opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work of the Confluencenter Team and the continued and enthusiastic support of our campus and community friends.

With much gratitude,
 
Javier.