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Article - Sep 11, 2022
ESAL launches new portal to local engagement

We've revamped our website to make it easier than ever to find the resources and information you need to make a difference in your community.

Article - Jul 17, 2022
Connecting Science and Art for Effective Community Engagement

On May 19th, ESAL discussed examples of artistic-scientific collaborations presented by three panelists working at this interface. Learn how the panelists have emphasized ongoing dialogue between scientists and artists towards community engagement.

Article - Apr 29, 2022
Meeting our Commitments to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

An update from ESAL Founder & Chair, Arti Garg, about our progress in 2021 toward meeting our commitments to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Article - Apr 2, 2022
Building More Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate Change

On February 15th, ESAL discussed ways in which local intervention has been implemented to allow for better adaptation and mitigation efforts in the face of climate change. Learn from a panelist of nonprofit and local agency representatives about how they have been carefully monitoring flooding, in particular, to address the needs of the community.

Article - Feb 3, 2022
Science Policy in Action: Making Local Connections

On December 13th, ESAL discussed perspectives on outreach and inclusivity with a panel of water experts. Learn how the panelists have worked towards contributing to science communication and making science accessible to everyone.

Article - Nov 26, 2021
Community-driven Solutions to Rural Water Needs

ESAL hosted a virtual panel on October 12, 2021 that focused on culturally sensitive solutions to providing sanitary water to local communities in need.

Article - Oct 25, 2021
Translating Trust: Community-Oriented Mental Health Care

Read about the impact of the work done by Professor Denise Chavira’s research group, the Culture and Anxiety Lab for Mental Health Advances (CALMA) at UCLA. The group targets the extra hurdles ethnic minorities in rural communities of the U.S. have to manage around stigma, knowledge, and access to mental health services. Chavira's group is dedicated to improving mental health services in chronically underserved communities by working and building trust in Imperial Valley, California.

Article - Sep 16, 2021
Navigating the City Budget Process to Achieve Community Outcomes

Senior Budget Analyst of Fort Collins, CO, Cody Forst chats with us about a typical municipal budget timeline and how crucial involvement from community members through online feedback and participatory budgeting aid in the process.

Article - Sep 8, 2021
Visualizing Government Accountability Using a City Budget

This is the second in a series of three articles to help you understand and interpret local budgets. ESAL sits down with Open Budget Oakland’s Felicia Betancourt and Jess Sand to discuss their efforts towards making municipal budgets accessible. Read about how Open Budget Oakland advances local government engagement by combining community and coding.

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