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University of California Blum Federation

The UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America is one of 10 UC Blum Centers that now form a network across the UC system. Each Blum Center has an interdisciplinary and applied approach to understanding and confronting challenges of poverty and inequality in California, across the nation and around the world.

The UC Blum Federation, launched in February 2016, brings together the 10 individual Blum Centers and initiatives to enhance teaching and research collaboration on global poverty, economic and social justice, and democracy. Seed funding for the Federation was provided by the UC Office of the President.

Each of the 10 Blum Centers brings specialized expertise to addressing the problems of poverty, justice and democracy. The Federation will integrate that wide-ranging expertise under a single umbrella, while opening new educational opportunities for students.

UC Blum Federation Activities
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About the 10 UC Blum Centers


UC Blum Federation Activities


UC Blum Federation Research Compendium: CALL TO ACTION

This publication, scheduled for release in spring 2017, will provide a thumbnail sketch of current and recent innovative research being conducted throughout the UC Blum Centers. The publication is coordinated through the UC Blum Research Action Network with leadership from UC Santa Cruz Blum Center, UC Riverside Blum Poverty Initiative, and the UCLA Blum Center.

Researchers at all UC Blum Centers are invited to submit research abstracts or summaries for the compendium. Please download, complete and submit this form to

Deadline: January 27, 2017

Big Ideas

This annual contest provides funding, support and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students with “Big Ideas.” Through the UC Blum Federation, the Big Ideas program has expanded its outreach to all 10 campuses. For the 2016-17 year, UC Berkeley Blum Center has received pre-proposals in all nine categories (Art and Social Change; Energy & Resource Alternatives; Financial Inclusion; Food Systems; Global Health; Hardware for Good; Improving Student Life; Information Technology for Society; Scaling Up Big Ideas). Five to eight teams in each category will be invited to submit a full proposal (due March 8, 2017). From these proposals, judges will select between two and five award winners in each category. Read more.


UC Blum Federation Student Activities


Student Action Council for Eradicating Poverty and Inequality (SACEPI)

The Student Action Council for Eradicating Poverty and Inequality (SACEPI) serves as the student body and voice of the Blum Federation. As such, SACEPI links student power across the UC system to shape and advance the Blum Federation’s mission and actions while nurturing a growing student movement for equity and social justice locally, nationally, and internationally.


The UC Blum Federation supports on-campus and other student activities throughout the year. From the UCLA Blum Center, two fellowships were offered in 2016-17 and three fellowships will be offered in 2017-2018. Watch for more information in spring 2017.

Health Equity Curricula

The UCLA Blum Center develops and delivers several courses related to health equity. As part of our work for the UCLA Global Health Minor, we supported three courses listed below. In addition, we delivered the Health Equity and Civil Rights course

  • Global Health in Asia and Field Preparation, spring 2016 - Taught by Professor Roger Detels. This course explores the fundamental principles of public health and its application in addressing systemic health issues in East, Southeast and South Asia.
  • Global Health in Practice, summer 2016 - Taught by Professor Kelika Konda. This course introduces students to important concepts and topics in global health, including burden of disease, global health actors and the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals, and provides significant opportunities to experience global health in the field.
  • Diversities and Disparities: The Case of Peru, summer 2016 - Taught by Professor Angela Bayer. This course helps students better understand how diversities and disparities in peoples and places impact human health, using Peru as a case study. After a general overview of the topic, students explore key global health issues. For each health issue, the “state of the issue” is briefly discussed at the global level and then more specifically within the context of Peru. Excursions complement classroom lectures.


For more information on the UCLA Global Health Minor.



About the 10 UC Blum Centers



UC Berkeley Blum Center for Developing Economies
Focus: global poverty and inequality
UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies
Focus: finding sustainable solutions to alleviating global poverty
UC Irvine Blum Center for Global Engagement
Focus: sustainable energy, hydrology, public health innovative financial methods and public policy
UC Los Angles Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America
Focus: working across boundaries to reduce poverty and health inequalities in Latin America
UC Merced Blum Center for Developing Economies
Focus: the developing economy of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada region
UC Riverside Blum Poverty Initiative
Focus: the nexus between poverty, water and sustainability in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County
UC San Diego Blum Cross-Border Initiative
Focus: poverty research and practice in the San Diego-Tijuana region
UC San Francisco
UC Santa Cruz Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise and Participatory Governance
Focus: unique training and research opportunities for students to work and learn firsthand about poverty alleviation projects

UC Santa Barbara Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development
Focus: research and public programming concerning global poverty alleviation and sustainable development