Global Poverty & Practice Minor

Student Stories

 A student-arranged “Practice Experience” is the signature element of the GPP Minor, providing an opportunity for students to connect the theory and practice of poverty action.  GPP Students have completed practices experiences in the Bay Area, United States, and in over 70+ countries.

Check out some of their stories here! 

Supporting Reproductive Health Services and Education in India

  • Location: Jaipur, India 
  • PE Org: A Broader View
Anika & Anjali Kalra
Molecular & Cell Biology Students

Learning From Rural Farming Communities in Colombia

  • Location: San Juan de Pasto, Colombia
  • PE Org: Fundación Suyusama
Bori Kozek
Environmental Sciences

Working with Resettled Refugee Communities in Oakland

  • Location: Oakland
  • PE Org: Refugee Transitions 
Samia Sherif
Political Science

Protecting Civil Rights for Those Impacted by the Criminal Justice System

  • Location: New Orleans
  • PE Org: Voice of the Experience
Hannah Warshawsky
Interdisciplinary Studies

Defending the Rights of Homeless Communities in the Bay Area

  • Location: San Francisco 
  • PE Org: The Coalition on Homelessness
Ian Betrando
Philosophy & Legal Studies

Fostering Accessible Healthcare Services in the Bay Area

  • Location: Oakland
  • PE Org: La Clinica de la Raza 
Nikita Iyer
Molecular & Cell Biology

Facilitating Art Programs for Urban Youth

  • Location: Quezon City, the Phillippines
  • PE Org: People’s Solidarity
Christian Guerrero
Social Welfare

Improving safe housing and water sanitation in slums

  • Location: Ahmedabad, India
  • PE Org: Manila Housing Trust
Pallavi Panyam
Civil Engineering

Student Stories

Several students in the GPP Minor have documented their Practice Experiences by keeping blogs. Follow the links below to visit their blogs and learn more about their experiences and insights.

Stephany Martinez Tiffer

worked on issues of sexual and reproductive rights in Nicaragua with the organziation Centro De Mujeres Ixchen

Estrella Sainburg

worked in Chiapas, Mexico with Fundación Cántaro Azul focusing on issues with water filtration, treatment, & drinking water distribution

Elizabeth Cho

completed her practice with Uganda Development Health Associates, supporting programs for individuals with HIV/AIDS

Danielle Puretz

worked in New Orleans, LA with Young Aspirations/Young Artists, engaging youth in public awareness and social engagement through art.

Asia Tallino

worked in Senegal, Africa with Urban Farmers GIE, assisting the organization with fundraising as well as researching urban agricultural practices

Janine Myint

completed her practice experience in Mumbai, India with the Bombay Leprosy Project working to provide specialized care to those diagnosed with the disease

Brenda Hernandez

worked in the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India with the Bhoruka Charitable Trust’s Health of Urban Poor program.

Samantha Dizon

worked with Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines last summer on issues of women empowerment.

Chelsea Harmon

completed her practice experience with TECHO assisting with community development programs in Santiago, Chile.

Esther Chung

worked with the Uganda Village project on health care initiatives and preventative public health education.

Brenna Alexander

worked on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs as well as volunteered with an orphanage in Cambodia last summer.

Christopher Buoy

completed his practice in Cambodia last summer, working on an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program.

Christopher Carson

interned with Virtus (Виртус), a non-profit organization in the Ukraine to prevent the spread of HIV and aids.

Crystal Cantabrana

Completed her practice with Nest, a nonprofit microbartering and fair trade organization in Nairobi, Kenya.

Arienne Malekmadani

Completed her practice with Blue-Med Africa in Ghana. She shadowed doctors, and assisted with patient intake and outtake.

Angela Roh

Completed her Practice in Trichy, India working with Nest, a nonprofit microbartering and fair trade organization.

Nikki Brand

Completed her Practice in Panajachel, Guatemala where she worked with Nest, a nonprofit microbartering and fair trade organization.

Shahrzad Makaremi

Shahrzad completed her Practice with Sambhali Trust in Jodhpur, India to support the education and empowerment of lower-caste women.

Julia Hurwitz

Completed her Practice in Togo, Western Africa where she worked with Nest, a nonprofit microbartering and fair trade organization.

Danika Kehlet

Completed her Practice in Quito, Ecuador where she worked in a reproductive health clinic and assisted with sexual and reproductive health education.

Kelsey McCarthy

Completed her Practice in Cape Coast, Ghana where she worked with the Rural Women Development and Health Initiative.

GPP Photo Contest ​

All GPP students are encouraged to submit original photographs from their practice experience for the GPP Annual Photo Contest. Winners are voted on by GPP students, faculty and Blum staff, and are evaluated by visual content, aesthetic, and a compelling photo caption that reveals a deeper meaning to the image.

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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