Global Poverty & Practice Minor

Advising

GPP Staff Advisors and Peer Advisors are available to meet with students both in-person and remotely on Zoom to discuss any questions they have regarding the GPP Minor.

The GPP Peer Advisors are undergraduate students who have completed a majority of the requirements for the GPP Minor, including the Practice Experience. They are a great resource to seek information about what the Minor entails, selecting a Practice Experience, course planning, and much more.

We encourage prospective students to meet with an advisor before they apply to declare the Minor. Students declared in the Minor should check in regularly with the Advisors for guidance on ensuring regular progress towards completing the Minor.

Schedule an advising appointment: https://calendly.com/gppminor/gpp-minor-advising. You may choose whether your appointment will be in person in Blum Hall or on zoom.  We encourage you to meet in person when possible.

In-person advising takes place in 100H Blum Hall.

Email gppminor@berkeley.edu with any questions.

Meet the Advisors

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Jumana Abdelgadir
Environmental Earth Science
Practice Experience: I’m conducting my PE with an on-campus organization through the BEST Lab called CARES, which stands for the Community Assessment for Renewable Energy and Sustainability. CARES is a multidisciplinary initiative that focuses on bridging the gap between the creators and implementers of renewable energy and sustainability technology and the end-users/recipients of these projects. I worked with Yael Perez to travel up to the Pinoleville Pomo Nation in Ukiah, CA this summer and plan and conduct various STEM activities at the summer camp for the Pomo youth. Planning and leading these experiments helped emphasize to me the importance of education as a climate change adaptation measure, especially among young people. Taking part in STEM afterschool programs is what allowed me to realize that I belong in STEM when I was young and pursuing higher education, and the various architectural, biological, and ecological experiments we planned and led helped pass on the same message.
GPP Elective Courses Taken: "Sectors and Methods: ENERES 160 (Climate Justice) Global Area Studies: SOCIOL 180I (Comparative Perspectives on U.S. and European Societies: Inequality)"
Activities: GPP; SURF 2023 (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship); URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program); BSP (Biology Scholars Program); CARES; UCB FAM (Faces of African Muslims)
About Me: Hey! My name is Jumana (she/her) and I’m a lifelong Bay Arean. I was born and raised in the SF/Peninsula area and I’m Sudanese-American. I knew from a very young age that Berkeley was where I wanted to be, so I’m very lucky to call the East Bay home. I’m double-minoring in Anthropology and GPP, and I am especially interested in researching climate change and interdisciplinary approaches that focus on bridging the traditionally “scientific” analysis with social and critical analysis of its causes and its effects on different communities. The GPP curriculum has helped me understand how drastically poverty can increase vulnerability to climate change, and explore how addressing the structures that create and exacerbate poverty is one of the most powerful climate change mitigation and adaptation measures we can attempt to undergo, so I’m so excited to represent this program as a peer advisor this year. Slide through to my advising hours to chat with me about OURS/research opportunities as an undergraduate as well as the GPP 115 curriculum, or anything else you’d like!
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Macy Bartlett
Social Welfare
Practice Experience: This past summer I interned with Mount Tamalpais College, a nonprofit organization and accredited college that provides free Associate of Arts degrees and college preparatory programs for people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. I worked alongside the advancement team where I assisted in grant research, social media and communications, and other projects involving the development and program teams. I am continuing this work into the fall, so come ask me about it!
GPP Elective Courses Taken: PubPol C103 (Wealth and Poverty), SocWel 114 (Practice in Social Work), SocWel 112 (Social Welfare Policy)
Activities: Kesem Berkeley
About Me: "Hi! My name is Macy and I’m from Los Angeles. I am in my ninth (and final) semester here at Berkeley majoring in social welfare. The GPP Minor is the reason I came to Berkeley– from the moment I went to Cal Day as a prospective student and attended the GPP info session, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this community. Outside of academics, I am a member of Kesem Berkeley, which is an organization dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer through year-round activities and a week-long free summer camp. I also enjoy baking, going to the beach, exploring parks, and pet-sitting for local families.  If you want to learn more about the GPP minor, discuss classes, exchange recipes, or just talk about life, feel free to drop by my advising hours! I look forward to meeting you!"
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Keerthi Konda
Cognitive Science
Practice Experience: I worked with the Sneha Sandhya Care Foundation in Andhra Pradesh, India, particularly in their palliative and geriatric care programs. My role in the organization was to accompany the team as they conducted outpatient clinics and made home and hospice visits to assist with vitals, take notes during consultations, and conduct financial surveys with patient families on healthcare costs. I also gathered feedback from beneficiaries to contribute to the physical and functional development of a new healthcare facility to expand outreach services to other rural districts.
GPP Elective Courses Taken: GLOBAL 121 (Globalization in India)
Activities: Ivry Lab Cognition and Action, Field Study Internship
About Me: Hi! My name is Keerthi and I'm from Fremont, California. I'm studying Cognitive Science with academic interests in medical anthropology and health advocacy. The GPP Minor has been an incredible opportunity for me to explore these interests, understand the impact of community projects and movements, and directly engage with and contribute to global organizations through my PE. I love cooking, movies, and going on walks. If you have any questions at all about the minor, practice organizations, classes to take, or just want to chat, stop by during my drop-in advising hours! I look forward to meeting you!
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Madison Lindke
Political Science
Activities: Executive Director of Campus Safety and Climate (UC Berkeley ASUC)
About Me: Hi everyone! My name is Madison Lindke (she/her) and I am from Vallejo, California. I'm a third year studying Political Science with a focus in International Relations, while also minoring in GPP and Public Policy. I took GPP115 my second semester at Cal and immediately knew that the minor was right for me and my future. I chose the GPP minor because it gives me hope that I can make a real difference during my time at Cal. Global Poverty and Practice allows me to better explore poverty locally and globally, better understand the impacts, and helps me connect with others who have the same poverty alleviation goals as I do. When I'm not in class you can typically find me grabbing a latte from a local coffee shop or locked away in a Moffitt study room. If you are interested in international relations/politics, want a coffee shop recommendation, or want to chat about GPP, feel free to schedule a meeting! Can't wait to meet you all!
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Kaylee Morgan
Business Administration
Practice Experience: I intern with the Outreach department of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, which partners with 29 different organizations locally and globally. I've had the opportunity to serve with several Bay Area nonprofits including CityTeam and Street Meal, which often looks like helping organize volunteer events, and doing marketing-related activities as well. The variety of organizations that my Practice Experience has allowed me to connect with has really enriched how I understand and respond to class content, and is one of my favorite parts of the minor program.
GPP Elective Courses Taken: "UGBA 107 The Social, Political, and Ethical Environment of Business History C187 The History and Practice of Human Rights "
Activities: The Berkeley Group (consulting club), Business Review Berkeley, Global Management Program (GMP)
About Me: Hi! I'm originally from Davis, California and grew up going to a Spanish Immersion school, so I'm fluent in Spanish! I love running, skiing, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Taking GPP 115 was such a groundbreaking course for me, and because of it, I'm hoping to pursue my passions in human rights and global poverty through a law degree. I love getting to talk to people about what they're passionate about and how they feel like they can use those passions in their career journey.
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Coco Steel
Nutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism
Practice Experience: Though my practice experience isn't secured yet, I am planning on working with the organization Child Family Health International (CFHI) in Kabale, Uganda within a nutrition and rehabilitation center. This center helps provide re-feeding and rehabilitation to malnourished children under the age of five. With this role, I will learn more about essential proteins, fats, and calories and how to increase intake among young children.
Activities: PH116 Teaching Assistant, Alpha Delta Pi Director of Philanthropy, Nutrigenomx club
About Me: Hi everyone! My name is Coco and I am originally from Melbourne, Australia, but now live in San Luis Obispo, California. I am majoring in Nutritional Science and my main areas of interest are malnutrition, food insecurity, and largely the intersection between nutrition and global health. My interest in the GPP minor stemmed from taking GPP 115 (one of my favorite classes I've taken at Berkeley!) and I have found that the principles of the minor are so interesting and applicable to my interests in global health. Outside of classes, I love to run, cook, try different foods, and explore different areas with friends. If you have any questions about GPP, good running trails, favorite restaurants, or just want to chat please feel free to drop into my advising hours!
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Quiona Trimmell
Anthropology
Practice Experience: For my practice experience, I worked at Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA), which is right beside Strawberry Creek Park. I worked at the elementary after-school program; this included playing with the kids, homework help, and facilitating activities. I am also part of the Wahkan Internship program at BYA. This program is primarily concerned with raising awareness of various public health issues. Recently, BYA started a Youth Advisory Board (YAB), so within the last few months, I have been participating in YAB.
GPP Elective Courses Taken: "Taken: Violence, Social Justice, and Public Health (PBHLTH 107) Will be taking Fall 2023: The American Landscape: Place, Power, and Culture (GEOG C160)"
Activities: "College Corps (site: Alternative Breaks) RUF "
About Me: Hello! My name is Quiona. I completed my Anthropology Associate for Transfer at community college in San Luis Obispo. It’s hard for me to identify a single place of origin, so where I went to community college seems like a decent place to start. Paso Robles, which is very close to San Luis Obispo, is the first place I lived in California, playing a huge role in fostering an affinity for the state. Overall, I have moved around a lot, living in several states in the USA as well as Panama, the Philippines, and Peru. I’d love to have a conversation with you about the transfer experience and any potential relations it may hold to GPP; or, we could talk about your life and how it might affect the type of practice experience you pursue. Nevertheless, I am here to talk, so please feel welcome to come and chat.

Fall 2023 Drop-in Advising Schedule

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11:00amKaylee

Maddy
Jumana


Coco
Quiona
Maddy


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11:30amKaylee

Maddy
Jumana
Keerthi

Coco
Quiona
Maddy


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12:00pmKaylee
Keerthi

Maddy
Keerthi




No AdvisingJumana
Maddy



No Advising
12:30pmQuiona
Keerthi
Keerthi


Kaylee

Jumana
Macy



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1:00pmQuiona
Keerthi


Kaylee

Jumana
Macy



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1:30pmNo AdvisingKeerthi


Kaylee

Jumana
Macy



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2:00pmNo AdvisingCoco


Macy

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2:30pmNo AdvisingCoco


Macy

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3:00pmNo AdvisingNo AdvisingMacy

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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship