A transformative program cultivating compassion and global citizenship

UCI is preparing aspiring leaders across the University of California system to solve the problems of tomorrow by offering them an experiential education through the school’s flagship Global Service Scholars program.

The program is a partnership between the School of Social Ecology, the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation and the Living Peace Foundation. It is rooted in compassion, and pairs rigorous academic preparation with an international service-learning trip during which Scholars learn to put that compassion to practical use.

Scholars, including many minority and first generation college students, first learn about the science and practice of compassion from world-renowned experts, including how to cultivate compassion for others and how to effectively leverage that compassion to make a difference. Then, they apply those lessons during international summer service-learning trips, partnering with local organizations that work in numerous areas such as sustainability, poverty alleviation and justice.

Students emerge from the program changed, and are now ready to change the world.

  • Launched in 2017
  • One-year program
  • Online course on the science and practice of compassion, open to all UC students
  • Advanced seminar on compassion, altruism and service
  • Country and cultural immersion training
  • Four-week international summer service learning project with their peers
  • Cohorts of 10 students per site participate each year
  • International service sites include Paraguay, Nepal, South Africa, Cambodia, Peru, Thailand, Ghana and Washington, DC.

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