Dear Friends of Miller Center,

I am delighted to announce our new cohort of Miller Center Fellows (formerly Global Social Benefit Fellows).

These 16 talented and visionary Santa Clara students come from such diverse academic departments as Finance, Marketing, Communication, Public Health Sciences, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Sociology, Neuroscience, and Religious Studies. Seven of the Fellows are members of the University Honors program. They were drawn to the fellowship because they wanted to learn about the potential of entrepreneurship to create broad scale impact and to discern whether they might be called to this kind of work.

The global pandemic continues to thwart international travel, and thus action research this summer will primarily be conducted remotely, using digital technologies. This year’s projects have strong themes of women’s economic empowerment, climate smart agriculture, and teaching and training for social impact.

One team of three is deepening our partnership with Innovation Works in Baltimore. Two teams of fellows are working with social enterprises (Eggpreneur, NUCAFE) that are apprenticing Catholic Sisters in East Africa in the principles of social entrepreneurship, and another team is working with the Emerging Farmers Institute in Zambia. These three teams are contributing to the Sisters Blended Value Project. Four other teams are working with Access Afya, NemoCare, Development in Gardening, and Oorja Development Solutions.

Please join us in welcoming these new fellows to the extended Miller Center family as they pursue their passion for social entrepreneurship. Look for an invitation later this year for an event showcasing their research accomplishments.

A documentary about our award-winning fellowship program aired on the show Bay Area Bountiful in 2019. If you missed the show, check out the 12 minute director’s cut below— it follows the transformational journey that fellows undertake.


Keith Douglass Warner, OFM
Chief Learning Officer