August 2020 Newsletter


  • Global Service Scholars 2021 Cohort - Apply by August 21
  • UC LAUNCH Accelerator Fall Cohort - Apply by August 31


  • PSCI 192B: The Science & Practice of Compassion - Enroll for Fall 2020
  • Free Coursera for University & College Students - Enroll by September 30
  • Funds supporting Yemen & Lebanon - Donate Today!

Apply to be a Global Service Scholar!

Be a part of something world-changing. We are still accepting applications for the 2021 Global Service Scholars cohort! Students of all majors and backgrounds interested in the science and practice of compassion and community service are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the GSS program and its mission HERE.

Questions? RSVP to attend our last information session on August 19th, or email us at
Apply by Aug. 21
Nancy Rivas
2019 GSS Cohort, Paraguay
"When I traveled to the beautiful country of Paraguay through the GSS program, I learned the true meaning of practicing compassion. When you emerge yourself into a new culture, you learn what others go through and the values they have, which makes you consider what your own values are."
Krisha Lantin
2019 GSS Cohort, South Africa
"The long-lasting friendships, the invaluable knowledge, and compassion skills I have attained during my trip have opened my eyes to the beauty of life. My trip to South Africa laid the groundwork for compassion as the new foundation of my personal life."
Uyen Mai
2019 GSS Cohort, Nepal
"During my time in Nepal, working cooperatively in a close-knit community and respectfully exchanging ideas at HerFarm taught me how to be a better volunteer and effectively promote social justice. My experience has shown me how resilience and the gentle strength of kindness can help me become a more compassionate person."
UC LAUNCH Accelerator
Apply by August 31
Applications are now open for UC LAUNCH, a 3-month program from UC Berkeley that pairs teams with top-notch mentors, guiding them through the Lean Launchpad curriculum, and connecting them with the resources they need to succeed. Visit here for more info.
Apply Today
Coursera: Free Courses for Students
Sign up by September 30
Build your skills and profile with 3,800+ courses offered by Coursera! Navigate through Guided Projects, delve into Industry Specializations, and earn Professional Certificates for no cost. Explore topics such as Social Entrepreneurship, Poverty & Population, & more!
Enroll Now
The Science & Practice of Compassion
Unit cap lifts August 26
Looking for another class for Fall 2020? PSCI 192B teaches the emerging science of compassion. Students will discover how research is yielding insights into the nature of human kindness, the origins of empathy, and the benefits of living a more compassionate life.
Learn More

In need of compassion...

In face of the recent crises affecting our friends across the globe, we are tasked with the responsibility to show support and help however we can. The world is in need of compassion right now, and you have the power to help! If you are willing and financially able, please consider donating to the following funds:

80% of the Yemen population is in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Help Yemen HERE.
Lebanon is currently suffering deaths, injuries, and damages due to an explosion in Beirut. Help Lebanon HERE.
Additional News & Events:
  • Want to help the community? Browse organizations in need of virtual volunteers HERE.
  • Interested in social enterprise? Find more resources to build your ideas HERE.
  • Join the Civic and Community Engagement Minor with the Poverty Track. More info HERE.

About the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation

The UCI Blum Center’s mission is to promote social change and inspire the next generation of leaders to action with research on poverty alleviation. The Center’s innovative education programs, basic and applied research, and work in community development and policy-making engage future leaders to reduce the risks of poverty for vulnerable populations and improve humanity and its institutions.
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