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Widening Circles: Global Social Impact Program

Widening Circles—Global Social Impact Program

Program Overview

The UC Davis Widening Circles program enables students to explore new pathways for learning, sharing, connecting, and acting with purpose and humility in the face of global inequality and injustice.

Graphic with text: "I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world" by Rainer Maria Rilke

The program includes an online curriculum, guidance from experienced mentors, peer-to-peer learning, personal reflection, multimedia storytelling and the option to pursue a virtual or in-person internship from a global network of 200+ social impact organizations.

This program will be taking place during Summer 2024 through a collaboration with Omprakash, a Seattle-based global non-profit.

Program Structure

This program combines the following core elements:

  • The EdGE Classroom, where students will engage with curated content, peer-to-peer discussion, and a structure for exploring and engaging with urgent social issues at home and away.
  • Periodic discussions groups where students will process your learnings alongside fellow students and EdGE Mentors. All discussions will be held on Zoom.
  • A digital storytelling platform where students will document their experiences, share ongoing reflections, and ultimately build a multimedia Digital Portfolio.
  • Ongoing engagement with your personal EdGE Mentor — asynchronously within the classroom, and also on occasional 1:1 calls.
  • Option to pursue a virtual or in-person social impact internship or volunteer experience social impact internship with an Omprakash Partner or through their own networks.
Important Travel Information
If you anticipate utilizing the award funds for international travel, please review the UC Davis Travel Policy (UCD PPM, 300-32). Per UC Davis policy, all international travel on university business must be registered. Travel registration is an important risk management tool. If an emergency occurs in your travel destination, this is how your campus Risk Management will know where you are. You can pre-register travel through UC Away. Please see the UC Davis Travel Risk and Insurance site for further information.


All UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the program.

Program Timeline

  • Program Dates: June 24August 23, 2024



Pre-Program Orientation Call

Tuesday, June 4, 12–1 p.m. PT

Unit 1 (Pre-program Information) Deadline

Sunday, June 23

Program Start

Monday, June 24

Unit 2 Deadline

Friday, July 5

Unit 2 Discussion Group Call

Tuesday, July 9, 12–1 p.m. PT

Unit 3 Deadline

Friday, July 19

Unit 3 Discussion Group Call

Tuesday, July 23, 12–1 p.m. PT

Unit 4 Deadline

Friday, August 2

Unit 4 Discussion Group Call

Tuesday, August 6, 12–1 p.m. PT

Unit 5 Deadline

Wednesday, August 21

Final Digital Symposium

Thursday, August 22, 12–1 p.m. PT

Program End

Friday, August 23

Registration Steps

Contact Information