Year in Review: 2016

In 2016, the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation expanded its research and programmatic activities. As we begin a new year, we reflect on the events, scholars, and students that impacted the Center. Click each section below to learn more about a few of our favorite moments from the past year:


In 2016 we partnered with organizations and campus departments to present events that invited discussion on issues of poverty alleviation. Students, staff, faculty and community leaders were brought together at events like the Global Food Summit and the Conference on Poverty and Inequality in California. Thanks to the attendees and the support of partners including the UCI School of Social Ecology, Newkirk Center, Center for Living Peace, Towards a Sustainable 21st Century, UCI Law School and Whole Foods Market, the events successfully started conversations about how we can all work to alleviate poverty.

Global Food Summit: From Crisis to Security

Conference on Poverty and Inequality in California

Visiting Speakers and Scholars

In addition to larger conferences, we hosted events with visiting speakers designed to facilitate more in-depth discussion. Ranging from issues of water security to social entrepreneurship, these events offered students the opportunity to learn from the guests’ expertise. We also welcomed the inaugural Blum Visiting Scholar.

Luncheon Seminar with Katherine Jacobs, Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions – 4/15/16

“Social Entrepreneurship: Microfinance, Education, and Poverty Elimination” Dr. Martin Burt – 10/13/16

Blum Center Welcomes Visiting Scholar, Dr. James Orbinski to UC Irvine

Blum Ambassadors Council Initiatives

Comprised of talented and motivated undergraduate students, the Blum Ambassadors Council (BAC) offers the opportunity to create and support projects that address poverty issues on campus and worldwide. In 2016, BAC members began solidifying InSight magazine and were also recognized for their work abroad.

InSight Magazine

Student delivers hope to hospital in homeland

Blum Researcher Launches Food Security Initiative in Swaziland

Thank you to all the students, staff, faculty, departments, organizations, and community leaders who made these activities possible. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017.