“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 2019 Global Social Benefit Fellows

We are pleased to introduce you to the 18 Global Social Benefit Fellows for 2019.


All Across Africa


Andrea Feltz
Majors: Management & Studio Art

“This fellowship would provide me with an opportunity to turn inward and recognize parts of myself that can be used to benefit others and the world around me … I believe wholeheartedly that the only way to make lasting and beneficial changes within developing countries is by showing up prepared with an open mind.”

Faolan Sugarman-Lash
Major: Management

“GSBF places me in a unique position to garner a real understanding of how people live in situations unlike my own and of how problems with these situations can be solved through social entrepreneurship.”


Kenya & Uganda

Avery James
Majors: Political Science & Communication

“Action research is the perfect channel to fulfill my passions for finding sustainable solutions to problems facing the world, especially in agriculture and farming, as well as sparked new interests in community organizing and I realized that I am looking to spend my time abroad doing something meaningful and impactful for others.”

Lauren Serfas
Major: Bioengineering

“I believe social entrepreneurship is the most effective and tangible way to attain transformative change for social justice issues affecting our world today. Miller Center and the Global Social Benefit Fellowship is at the heart of social entrepreneurship, and allows me to directly engage and conduct action research with a social enterprise to create social impact.”



Ali Deambrosio
Majors: Political Science & Communication

“As a woman, I am committed to empowering other women across the globe because it will lead to so much less poverty and strife. As a member of this earth, I committed to finding ways that companies can be mindful about sustainability. As a person, I am dedicated to compassion. Through my privilege of being able to travel and to connect with people that live such a different life than I do I can be so much more compassionate.”

Quinn Gonzales
Major: Public Health

“Assisting community members in accessing their own capabilities and resources is the aspect of action research that most entices me”.

Avery Rissling
Majors: Politcal Science & Dance

“I greatly admire how social entrepreneurs move beyond surface-level engagement with a problem; they are finding innovative and lasting solutions that break unjust equilibriums instead of temporarily alleviating the symptoms.”


Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda

Richie Garger
Majors: Economics & Environmental Studies

“The aspects of action research that appeal most to me are the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment and the opportunity to further discern my vocation in learning how my education can address the needs of others.”

Skyler Kriese
Major: Environmental Studies

“Ultimately, I want sustainability and ethics to be at the core of every business, and working hands-on with a social enterprise that does just that will provide me with increased awareness to pinpoint how other businesses are doing in those areas. Coupling this with exposure to another culture and environment would be hugely beneficial.”



Beshoy Eskarous
Major: Management Information Systems

“I hope that this fellowship will equip me with deeper knowledge on how to ensure my business is helping the correct people without causing more damage, how to properly scale, and different strategies for obtaining impact investments.”

Emily Petermann
Major: Environmental Studies

“A fellowship in social entrepreneurship will help to allow me to make a meaningful impact in this world. My passion to make an impact on combating climate change and specifically how it affects minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status can be achieved through social entrepreneurship."

Griffin Garner
Majors: Environmental Studies & Spanish

"As a Global Social Benefit Fellow, I will not only be able to build on my prior work experience, but also engage with a community of scholars, professors, and other like-minded individuals dedicated to transformative grassroots social impact. It is the power of this kind of network that allows young people like myself to draw on … to contribute new perspectives to hard problems.”



Emily Fagundes
Major: Marketing

“The action research component of Global Social Benefit Fellowship intrigues me because of the opportunity to interact directly with communities.”

Nick Fazio
Major: Environmental Studies

“My vocational discernment is largely focused around what will enable me to work closely with people, work on tangible projects, spend time in the field, and inspire positive change and happiness in myself, others, and communities around the world.”

Solar Sister


Amanda Eason
Major: Environmental Studies & Sociology

“This fellowship resonates with me so deeply because of the integrity in its resolution to help people help themselves.”

Emma Hokoda
Major: Environmental Studies

“Action research will provide me the opportunity to take these problems in the field and work through them critically, with the social enterprise and other fellows, to develop concrete, meaningful, and ready to implement solutions.”

Three Wheels United


Gavin Cosgrave
Major: Management Information Systems

“I want to participate in GSBF to merge two passions of mine that have been largely separate up until now. The first is a desire to build skills in user experience design, business strategy, data analytics and cross-cultural awareness that I can use to add value to organizations. The second is a desire to make an impact and serve others like so many others have served me.”

Rachael Han
Major: Civil Engineering

“At first glance, engineering and social entrepreneurship seem to lack common ground. But, what draws me to GSBF and engineering is this similarity: their mission-driven, solution-seeking, and tangible natures.”


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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