Global Poverty & Practice Minor

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About the Minor

Established in the Fall of 2007, the Global Poverty & Practice (GPP) Minor—one of the most popular minors on campus—gives students an opportunity to examine contemporary forms of poverty, wealth, and inequality through academic coursework and practical experience. 

Through GPP, students from across academic disciplines come together to think critically about issues of poverty and inequality, and investigate how to effectively engage in poverty action.

Central to the minor is a fieldwork opportunity—the Practice Experience—in which students connect theory with action  by interning or volunteering with nonprofits, community organizations, government agencies, or other development programs locally or abroad. The Blum Center offers funding support for students’ Practice Experiences through a fellowship.

Students graduating with a minor in Global Poverty & Practice will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the following:

  1. Scholarly approaches to understanding poverty, wealth, and inequality in an historical and global context.
  2. Knowledge of international development and domestic poverty alleviation policies, programs, institutions, and social movements.
  3. An ability to critically engage in public debates about poverty and poverty action through written texts as well as through the use of social, digital, and visual media.
  4. Knowledge of the history and contemporary politics of poverty and inequality in a particular place or world region, in preparation for the practice requirement of the minor.
  5. Analytical and practical skills gained through the Practice Experience in a particular sector of poverty action (e.g., agricultural and rural development, urban poverty, public health, human rights, legal systems, education, energy resources, and sustainable technology), at various scales (e.g., community, global) and in various forms (e.g., government policy, social movements).
  6. An understanding of different modalities and relations of power involved in poverty action, developed through historically informed analytical skills, the practice experience, and critical reflection.

To declare the minor, submit a GPP Declaration of Intent form online.

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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