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Zines for 2021 Miller Center Fellows!

We are pleased to present to you 8 zines for our 16 Miller Center Fellows this year! Each presents the team of fellows, the host social enterprise requesting an action research project, and the “country culture context” of the social enterprise, its mission and this project. We are particularly pleased with the video self-introductions by the fellows — each presents a bit of their own background and their aspirations for engaging our social enterprise partners. This year all international placements will be virtual.

These are the just the first chapters of these zines. Please click the zine cover to read the full content. On June 14 the fellows will pitch their research plans for the summer, and a recording of that will be included in the second chapter. As the fellows complete various milestones in the program they will report out results and reflection in these zines — we will share updated versions with you later this year!

We hope you can join us for the research pitch session on June 14! Request an invite here.

The Miller Center Fellowship was formerly named “Global Social Benefit Fellowship”

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2020 Miller Center Fellowship Completed Portfolios

We are honoured to share with you the completed portfolios for our amazing 2020 Miller Center Fellows.

The Covid-19 pandemic meant their field research experiences were curtailed. However, these 16 exceptional Fellows completed their Action Research projects 100% remote. The fellows demonstrated remarkable resilience during this crisis and learned to navigate the ambiguity of this present moment, all while pursuing projects that added value to the social enterprises.

The additional skills the Fellows learned during the pandemic uniquely positions them with new skills as they pursue their own paths in social entrepreneurship and beyond after graduation.

Peace and all good,

Keith

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Announcing 2021 Miller Center Fellows

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.

Kindness,

Keith Douglass Warner, OFM
Chief Learning Officer

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2020 Global Social Benefit Fellowship Action Research Project Proposals

Learning how to pivot is a fundamental skill for all social entrepreneurs, and the Global Social Benefit Fellows have learned that by the necessary adjustments of our program this year. With international travel impossible this summer, our social enterprise partners have adapted their requests for practical research to projects that can be delivered remotely via WhatsApp and Zoom. Projects have shifted toward more global research teams (fellows and local social enterprise staff work collaboratively) and more social media strategy / marketing and communication projects. We have remained true to our foundational principle of providing value to our social enterprise partners, but pivoted in how we deliver that value. You can watch presentations of their research project proposals below.

That our fellowship can continue during a pandemic is a testament to the value that our social enterprise partners perceive in our fellows’ work. Six of the original host enterprises have continued with modified projects, and two additional social enterprises have come on board. Ours is one of the few international fellowship programs offered by Santa Clara University that has continued during the pandemic. Unlike other international student programs, our Global Social Benefit Fellowship is designed first to advance the mission of our GSBI social enterprise partners, and secondly to facilitate fellows’ learning. Our partners’ work on the frontiers of sustainable development is needed, now more than ever, and thus so too is the action research of our fellows.

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Announcing 2020 Global Social Benefit Fellows

Dear Friends of Miller Center,

I am delighted to announce our new cohort of 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 Science, Ethnic Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Seven of the Fellows are members of the University Honors program.

The COVID-19 pandemic means that their field research experiences, normally conducted June-August, have been postponed until the next academic year. A majority of the 8 GSBI alumni social enterprises hosting fellows have requested remote engagements, research projects that can be initiated now and conducted over zoom and with other distance technologies. The fellows have demonstrated remarkable resilience! They are learning to navigate the ambiguity of this present moment, all while pursuing projects that can add value to the social enterprises. The fellows are learning in real time the real world lessons in how social enterprises manage crises brought about by COVID-19.

Two teams of fellows are working with social enterprises (Eggpreneur, Teach A Man To Fish Foundation) that are apprenticing Catholic Sisters in East Africa in the principles of social entrepreneurship. These fellows are actively contributing to the Sisters Blended Value Project.

Please join me in congratulating the Global Social Benefit Fellows as they pursue their passion for social entrepreneurship — even as they have to navigate the uncertainties of this pandemic.

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 here — it follows the transformational journey that fellows undertake.

Peace and all good,

Keith

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