Service learning: The opportunity for global good
Imagine Ananya, an MBA student who comes from India to UC Davis with a dream of owning her own design business. A seminar on global start-up ventures sparks her interest in the economic impact of micro-enterprises in developing nations. With her faculty advisor’s encouragement, she applies for a service learning fellowship that takes her to a classmate’s community in Peru, where she helps a group of weavers develop a business model and streamline production. Inspired by her experience, she now plans to launch an Indian textiles micro-enterprise that will inspire others in turn—from empowering women entrepreneurs in her home country to motivating a new generation of Aggies to pursue social change on a global scale. Ananya’s path—transforming her dream from personal passion to global good—has been paved by the intercultural research and service learning opportunities she has gained at UC Davis, where she is building the knowledge and experience to lead in a global world.
Pathways to a Global Education for All
UC Davis is forging pathways to open the world’s doors for every student. Fostering opportunities for global experiential learning, service and impact is key to this vision. We will engage students in research that broadens their understanding of major world challenges, creating transformative opportunities for them to apply their knowledge across cultural borders locally and globally. This includes internships with multinational corporations and immigrant community organizations as well as opportunities for clinical outreach and service, and even more.
Support global learning and leadership development
UC Davis is looking to partner with donors, corporations and foundations to accomplish the following:
- Establish Global Engagement Endowed Chairs to create new global learning opportunities
- Launch a new Global Impact Fellows program
- Fund student research grants, service learning grants, and social impact fellowships
- Develop robust globally-oriented service learning programs domestically and abroad
- Support university-wide theme events that engage students, staff, faculty, and community constituencies in exploring and addressing significant global challenges and opportunities
UC Davis is educating the next generation of global problem-solvers. Invest in the future by ensuring a global education that helps every student live, lead and thrive in an interconnected world.