Global Service Scholars Partnership


The Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation partners with Digital Filmmaking to document the work of the Global Service Scholars. Undergraduate students in the Global Service Scholars program study compassion and participate in immersive service experiences. Each year the DigiFilm faculty select two to three student filmmakers for five-week international filmmaking scholarships; most recently to Paraguay and Nepal. The documentary films produced from this research are eligible to be screened in the UCI Collegiate Showcase at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The Global Service Scholars program, in partnership with the School of Social Ecology and the Living Peace Foundation, is rooted in compassion and pairs rigorous academic preparation with an immersive service-learning trip. Scholars, including many minority and first generation college students, first learn about the science and practice of compassion in specialized coursework, examining how to cultivate compassion for others and how to effectively leverage that compassion to make a difference. Then, they put those lessons to practical use working with organizations that work in numerous areas such as sustainability, poverty alleviation and justice.