Educating leaders in the fight against global poverty
“In less than a decade, we’ve seen the glimmer of an idea for a center focused on poverty alleviation come into being in a truly remarkable way. The center supports students’ incredible talent and energy.”
When Vice President Al Gore spoke at the 2009 groundbreaking for Richard C. Blum Hall, the new home of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, he called for a “commitment of the head and heart” to take on extreme poverty and disease. Today the center signifies a collective resolve to help the billions of people worldwide who live on less than $2 a day.
Initiated by a significant gift from financier and UC Regent Richard Blum ’58, M.B.A ’59, the Blum Center brings together brilliant people across disciplines to create solutions addressing safe drinking water, electricity, and health care. It also inspires thousands of students to take part in the struggle against global poverty.
Drawn to Berkeley to pursue the center’s minor in global poverty and practice — one of the campus’s fastest growing minors — Rebecca Peters ’14 is just one student with an active head and heart. She has gone to Latin America many times to work on rural water purification projects, contributed to international water development policy, and developed a course on water and human rights.
“The mentorship and support I have received at the Blum Center have been critical to my activism, research, and advocacy,” she says.