Santa Clara University

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Academic Programs

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:

Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI™)

2GSBI-Link_1  The Center for Science, Technology and Society's Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI™) enlists Silicon Valley acumen to help social entrepreneurs scale the impact of their ventures. GSBI mentors - CEOs, seasoned venture capitalists, company founders - work with social entrepreneurs through a structured curriculum to develop financially sustainable business models, analyze gaps in their ventures, implement operational scaling plans, and source appropriate capital. Industry and content experts as well as impact investors form part of the ecosystem around GSBI programs to support our social entrepreneurs.

Learn more about the Global Social Benefit Institute


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)



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