Claremont Graduate University invites students to participate in our scholarly community by submitting original research to the 15th Annual Research Conference. At CGU, it is our mission to bridge theory and practice, while fostering a transdisciplinary approach to solve real world problems with real world solutions. The conference theme, “Embracing Connections in times of Global Stress” encourages students to pursue innovative forms of scholarly inquiry in the midst of new and unprecedented social, political, cultural and economic challenges. This conference will present diverse perspectives to promote and support the formation of new knowledge for the betterment of society. If you are a student who is new to presenting at conferences and who is looking for professional development opportunities, the 15th annual research conference provides a safe, nurturing environment to learn how to submit a conference proposal, present at a conference, and prepare your paper for publication.
Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), a community development laboratory committed to building sustainable communities in urban areas. Rudy specializes in identifying profitable investment opportunities in low-income communities, researching the informal economy and its innovative entrepreneurs, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socio-economic revitalization of their neighborhoods. Rudy has worked at Emerging Markets Inc. and the AARP Foundation where he used his skills to design and manage place-based initiatives with financial institutions, foundations and regional non-profits. Most recently he was a Senior Program Officer at Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC), a Community Development Financial Institution in South Los Angeles where he provided micro-loans and business assistance to street vendors and other informal entrepreneurs. He serves on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Los Angeles, the Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Development Fund, the Board of Directors for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, and on the Leadership Board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. Rudy holds degrees in Business Administration and Urban Planning.