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The Many Flavors Cacao

May 02, 2019
UC Davis students and experts are working to better understand cacao, a vital ingredient necessary not only to chocolate production, but to many people across the world. A part of the pursuit is sharing knowledge to better understand the complex challenges and issues in the wide world of chocolate production. Graduate student and Blum Center grantee Madeline Weeks studies the social, economic and environmental dimensions of fine flavors of cacao and chocolate.

UC Davis Alumni Using Solar Power to Fight Jaundice on Global Scale

February 14, 2019
With an extra boost in funding after winning the competition's Global Poverty Alleviation Award sponsored by the Blum Center for Developing Economies within Global Affairs during the Graduate School of Management's 2018 Big Bang! Business competition, Scott He and Nicolle Ma are improving jaundice treatment on a global scale.

Transfer of a Lifetime

August 22, 2018

Leanne Bolaño ’17 is an aspiring political leader in the field of environmental studies. She’s attending law school on a full ride and is passionate about gender equity, global development and environmental justice. As an undergrad, she secured an international fellowship to oversee agricultural research and served as UC Davis president of IGNITE, a national organization that empowers women to pursue leadership careers in political office. She’s exceptionally bright and charismatic—a born leader—and a natural fit for the university.

UC Davis Blum Center Reaches New Heights with Blum Summer Fellowship

November 16, 2017

In 2011, the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Davis initiated a new program to support promising undergraduate students who design and undertake poverty-alleviating projects abroad.  Last year, all six undergraduate colleges/divisions at UC Davis agreed to collaborate in supporting and co-financing the Blum Center Summer Fellows Program (AKA the Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) grants program).  As a result of this collaboration, the Blum Center was able to support 24 undergraduate students last summer.

Chancellor Gary May's Visit to Global Affairs

September 22, 2017

Chancellor Gary May and Provost Ralph Hexter visited with Global Affairs in the International Center to discuss new global opportunities and intercultural experiences for the entire UC Davis community. After meeting with Global Affairs leadership, Chancellor May and Provost Hexter heard about innovative programs from Director of Study Abroad Zak Freiders, Travel Security Manager Marik von Rennenkampff, and Blum Center for Developing Economies Executive Director Lili Larson.

UC Davis Blum Center Launches Support for Student Initiative in Haiti

July 30, 2017

In 2011 Carolina Taverez received a grant from the Blum Center as an undergraduate student to hold Spanish classes for Haitians in the border community of Anse-a-Pitres. Market vendors needed Spanish language skills to interact with their main customers from the Dominican Republic but there were few places to take classes.

Blum Center Launches the First UC-Wide Global Poverty Action Day

June 16, 2017

On the 19th of April, the Blum Center hosted the campus and local community for a screening of the documentary Poverty Inc. This event was held in tandem with the eight other UC campuses as part of a UC system wide initiative - Global Poverty Action Days - which was the first of its kind, and is expected to occur every year.

Introducing the 2017 Blum PATA Summer Fellows

June 15, 2017

The Blum Center is pleased to announce its newest cohort of Poverty Alleviation through Action (PATA) Summer Fellows! This summer, the Center will be sending 26 undergraduate students to tackle issues in poverty and inequality in 14 countries, including the US, on four continents.