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UC’s Blum Federation to tackle global poverty

The University of California will deploy the collective power of its 10 campuses in a multidisciplinary effort to combat poverty in California and around the world, UC officials announced on Feb. 8.

The new Blum Federation, launched with $1.32 million in seed funding from the UC Office of the President, brings together individual Blum Centers and initiatives from across the UC system to enhance teaching and research collaboration on global poverty, economic and social justice, and democracy.

Each campus Blum Center brings specialized expertise to addressing these multifaceted problems. The federation will integrate that wide-ranging expertise under a single umbrella, while opening up new educational opportunities for students.

“As a public research university, we are uniquely positioned to look for innovative approaches to intractable issues like poverty,” UC President Janet Napolitano said in announcing the award. “The new Blum Federation will accelerate universitywide research and education on one of the most difficult issues of our time.”

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