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Programs and Initiatives
Santa Clara University supports many externally funded projects across a wide range of program areas—from innovative research to high-impact community outreach and K-12 activities.
Some of the exciting initiatives taking place on our campus are:
Environmental Studies Institute (ESI)
Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™)
The Global Social Benefit Incubator is the signature program of SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS). Providing an intensive two-week residential program for promising social entrepreneurs worldwide, it empowers participants to hone and scale their business models. Since 2003, 101 award-winning social enterprises have come to Silicon Valley to attend this program, joining a growing network of GSBI alumni creating a more just and sustainable world.
Learn more about the Global Social Benefit Incubator (PDF document)
K-12 Character Education
Extensive character education programs offered through SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics draw on the considerable expertise of practitioner and scholar, Stephen Johnson. Professor Johnson has established a long track record of grant funded curriculum development projects for alternative and court schools, which have now been implemented in more than 20 California counties. The Center also offers comprehensive programs for foster youth, parochial schools, and teachers across the state.
Learn more about SCU's character education programs
Public Interest Law
SCU's Center for Social Justice and Public Service (CSJPS) instills a commitment to public interest law, offering scholarship and practicum opportunities to those enrolled in the School of Law. Through direct legal service placements working with underrepresented clients, students make an impact on the community and prepare for leadership in the nonprofit and public sectors. Particular emphasis is placed on services for at-risk youth and families facing immigration proceedings. Gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, and foundations enable CSJPS to offer fellowships to students who demonstrate career aspirations in this area.
Learn more about current CSJPS programs and funding needs (PDF document)