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Promoting social change and inspiring the next generation of leaders with research.


The UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation believes in bringing together the expertise and exceptional research abilities found at this world-class university with the passion and energy of the students who form the leaders of tomorrow. We collaborate across disciplines with students, faculty and practitioners to rigorously explore systemic, geopolitical, technological and climate forces affecting poverty.

We’re passionate about our areas of expertise — the science and practice of compassion, the co-production of advanced computational modeling to mitigate flood risk, and the impacts of human trafficking and modern slavery — as well as our global partnerships addressing environmental peacebuilding and planetary health.

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Our Work

Compassion research overview
We inspire the next generation of leaders and engage community stakeholders to use the power of compassion and empathy.
Flood Hazards research overview
We utilize big-data to identify solutions to mitigate flood risk and foster peace and stability in flood-affected communities.

Human Trafficking research overview
Through research about the economic impacts of human trafficking and slavery, we mobilize stakeholders and leaders.



For Students

Student opportunities
We offer a range of experiential, curricular and mentorship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
Global Service Scholars program website
The Global Service Scholars program offers immersive service opportunities with partner organizations.

Small Change Better World grant program
Small Change, Better World offers mini-grants to for student-led projects addressing tangible needs.