“Action research creates social value for social entrepreneurs, students and the university.”


“Action research creates social value for social entrepreneurs, students and the university.”



Miller Center accelerates leadership in social entrepreneurship by providing Santa Clara University students opportunities to learn and work on the front lines of poverty eradication and sustainable development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and action research within the GSBI® worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. The Fellowship combines a fully funded summer field experience with two quarters of academically rigorous research. It is a program of practical social justice, in the Jesuit, Catholic educational tradition.

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AshokaU awarded the the fellowship the Cordes Innovation Award in Academic Student Learning for 2017. This is the most prestigious award in social enterprise higher education. The action research model of the Fellowship simultaneously supports rigorous, transformative undergraduate student learning and the scaling of social enterprises in developing countries that participate in our world-class Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) accelerator programs. Action research is a practice-led approach that emphasizes learning from working with social enterprises. This provides a robust value exchange between students and social enterprises. You can learn more at our Youtube channel.





Announcing the 2018 Global Social Benefit Fellows

We are pleased to introduce you to the 18 Global Social Benefit Fellows and 6 Social Enterprise intern students for 2018.


All Across Africa

GSBF, Rwanda

Bella Rios
Major: Political Scienc & Spanish

“Action research intrigues me due to its commitment to intellectual pursuit and engagement with locals.”

Madison Hokans Csurilla
Major: Child Studies & Psychology

“I am attracted to the fellowship as a radical learning opportunity to recognize a social problem and measure how it is being addressed.”


GSBF, Uganda

Joe Curran
Major: History & Political Science

"I feel a drive to use my life to try to work towards structural change in whatever small way I can."

Anne Hsia
Major: Electrical Engineering, Music & Math

"What excites me most about the fellowship is action research: being in the field doing work alongside the people."

CareNX Innovations

GSBF, India

Varsha Kalavar
Majors: Public Health Science & Economics

"In a world where health disparities are increasing rapidly, the social entrepreneurial movement on creating change is invigorating to me."

Jessica Recchi
Major: Management

"This fellowship would give me seven weeks to practice empathy which is the foundation of innovation and critical to the success of social enterprises in developing countries."

MoringaConnect & Farmerline

GSBF, Ghana

Kimberly Meunier
Major: English & French

"Recording true accounts of people’s lives can offer a direct link between people affected by changes in their communities, and those who cause those changes. "

Erin Ronald
Majors: Environmental Science & Sociology

"I wish to use these experiences, among others, to learn how to effect permanent, positive change."

Jean Baptiste Tooley
Major: Environmental Science

"I believe to truly understand the problems at hand, one must immerse themselves into the community and embrace both the strengths and challenges of the region."


GBSF, Uganda

Kristi Chon
Major: Economics

"I would like to interact directly with the communities to better understand the root causes of the injustices they have faced."

Efren Oxlaj Tambito
Major: Environmental Science

"I understand what it means to grow up in a marginalized community with extreme poverty, therefore I want to take my knowledge beyond the classroom and apply it to help such communities break from the cycle of poverty."

PICO Rwanda

GSBF, Rwanda

Neil Brorsen
Majors: Political Science

"This program directly relates to my vocation as an aspiring entrepreneur while emphasizing empathy."

Elizabeth Kamya
Major: Sociology & Psychology

"At the intersection of social work and social entrepreneurship, I see something beautiful."

Jennifer Walsh
Major: Communications & Theater Arts

"If my work can document a social problem and a potential solution of fixing that problem, it will be an incredibly effective way of motivating others to act."

Pollinate Energy

GSBF, India

Samantha Bennett
Major: Environmental Science & Psychology

"Action research is valuable because its backbone lies in critical thinking and encourages creativity and collaboration"

Huda Navaid
Major: Political Science

"Action research resonates with me because it stresses the importance of learning from the people who you are serving, recognizing that they are your partners, and seeing them as your equal. "

Vitalite Zambia

GSBF, Zambia

Andrew Descourouez
Major: Philosophy & Environmental Science

" I want social entrepreneurship to take over the world and this is the perfect opportunity to hone the technical skills I have been developing for most of my life to help our world toward this ultimate goal."

James Wang
Major: Electrical Engineering & Environmental Science

"With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly drastic, I want to take measures to address these newfound problems and try to create a more sustainable world encouraging agroecology, renewable energy, product management, and education."

PICO Rwanda

Social Enterprise Internship, Rwanda

Kelly Grunewald
Major: Sociology

"Action Research appeals to me because it is an opportunity for me to collaborate with social entrepreneurs to create a more just and sustainable world."

Jazmine Low
Major: Neuroscience

"I’m hungry for human encounters, particularly uncomfortable ones, because this is how we learn."

Megan Sauter
Major: Civil Engineering

"I want to learn what reality is for social entrepreneurs in the field and how they deal with curveball."

Pollinate Energy

Social Enterprise Internship, India

Vivian Avila
Major: Biology

"Social entrepreneurship has the ability to empower whole groups of people, so the community is not only doing better but also feeling better."

Nathan Redinbo
Major: Economics & Environmental Science

"This Practicum is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about collaborating in a business environment while utilizing the Jesuit values that matter to me and this university."

Patricia Yuzon
Major: Finance & Environmental Science

"The practicum will provide me with the problem-solving and leadership skills that integrate both big-picture and detail-oriented thinking, which I will need in future situations."




Course Work

Miller Center teaches social entrepreneurship in partnership with other campus units. In partnership with the University Honors Program, the Center offers Honors 20:  Innovation for Social Justice (fulfills the STS core curriculum requirement). The Center teaches two courses foundational for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, ELSJ 134  Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, and ELSJ 135  Research in Social Entrepreneurship (these fulfill the STS and Experiential Learning for Social Justice core curriculum requirements). In the School of Engineering, in partnership with the Frugal Innovation Lab, Miller Center offers graduate course ENGR 341 Innovation, Design, and Spirituality.


Roundtable Podcasts

Thesis Work

Haley Harada, Finance, 2018
Pathways to Accelerate Social Enterprises that use Mobile Information Communication Technology

Grace Krueger, Biology, 2018
Social Enterprise Acceleration Services for Sub-Saharan African Health: Positive Impacts of New Program Innovations

Karen Mac, Public Health, 2018
Understanding Sanitation Preferences: A Human Centered Approach to Tackling India’s Open Defecation Crisis

Marisa Rudolph, Environmental Science & Political Science, 2018
Women’s Agency for Ghanaian Agricultural Development

Erika Francks, Environmental Studies, 2017
The Future of Solar Microgrids in Sub-Saharan Africa: How social enterprises can accelerate the spread of renewable energy to off-grid communities

Carson Whisler, Economics, 2017
A Coordinated Approach to Investing in Clean Energy Access

Victoria Yu, Communication
Using the Simulation Operation Belmont to Teach Research Ethics

William Swanson, Political Science, 2016
Assessing Social Impact in Base of the Pyramid Markets.  

Caroline de Bie, Public Health Science 2015
Would Paul Farmer like BanaPads? An Assessment of Social Enterprise as a Women’s Health Intervention.  

Monet Gonnerman, Sociology 2015
Women’s Livelihood Creation and the Affiliation Capability: A Critical Programmatic Analysis.  

Jesse Caemmerer, SCU Political Science 2014
Innovative Microfinance, Technology for Social Justice project.  

Phillip T. Cooke SJ, 2014
Social Entrepreneurship and Jesuit Social Ministries: A New Path of Liberation. A thesis in partial fulfillment of a Sacred Theology Licentiate at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.  

Nikita Agrawal, 2014 Senior Honors Thesis
Cost-effective Health Interventions for Improved Education and Employment: An Integrated Approach to Development  

Jack I. Bird, 2014 Senior Honors Thesis
The Potential of Agroforestry to Reduce Energy Poverty and Environmental Degradation in Rural Zambia  

Ashley Armstrong, 2013 Senior Honors Thesis
The Efficacy of Microfinance in Alleviating Food Insecurity  

Amanda Nelson, 2013 Senior Honors Thesis
Savings and the Poor: A Review of Savings Products Offered by Microfinance Institutions  

Mary Nicole Nienow Birch, 2013 Senior Honors Thesis
Public Health Interventions in the Developing World: An Opportunity for Social Enterprise Involvement