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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.

Blum Center Director Speaks on the Future of Water in Chile

May 12, 2017

On March 29th, Blum Center Director Tu Jarvis presented on the future of water regulation at a seminar titled “Future Water Challenges: What Regulation is Required?” held at the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile.  The seminar was hosted by the Catholic University Center on Water Law and Management and brought together environmental and natural resource experts from Chile, Peru, Argentina, and the US to share innovative ideas and solutions to address water scarcity and drought.

UC Wide Blum Summer Field Internship Call

April 08, 2017

Fourth Annual Blum Summer Field Internship in the UCSD Community Stations, located across the San Diego-Tijuana border region. 

We are excited to announce the 2017 Blum Summer Field Internship! PLEASE CIRCULATE below to your students!!

We are seeking 4-6 highly qualified interns to join us. *If you have an undergraduate who you believe is uniquely suited to intensive, collaborative field-work in this region, please let us know!

This internship is open to students of all disciplines. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

D-Lab launches a new seminar – Global Poverty: think big, start small

June 15, 2016

It is well-known that “we learn better by doing”. That is the concept that guides D-Lab courses, through which students obtain knowledge through hands-on experience. As an important asset for the Blum Center, D-Lab engages students in finding solutions to energy issues in developing countries. D-Lab focuses on innovative technologies and business models that can allow people at the “bottom of the pyramid” to save or earn more money.

From Ghana to the Global Health Consortium: A Blum Grant Recipient Tackles Infant and Maternal Mortality in Ghana's Volta Region

June 15, 2016

For nursing student Jerry Nutor, the Blum Center’s Graduate Awards Program – Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions - created a means to do research on child and maternal mortality and in the process, impact regional health policy in Ghana. In April of 2015, Nutor traveled along with colleagues from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing to Ghana where they conducted surveys and facilitated health education workshops on preventing maternal and child mortality.