March 16, 2021: The importance of local leadership: contributing to campus equity and inclusion goals through visiting scholar programs

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March 16, 2021 | 12 - 1pm | Zoom

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This session is open to UC Berkeley faculty and staff only.


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The importance of local leadership

Contributing to campus equity and inclusion goals through visiting scholar programs


Local scholars are best positioned to identify and address challenges in their own communities and countries. The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley helps train scholars from low- and middle- income countries to lead rigorous research in their home countries and regions. Through semester-long fellowships at UC Berkeley, visiting scholars audit development economics courses, present their work at seminars, apply to competitive funding opportunities, receive faculty and peer mentorship, and network with faculty and students across the CEGA network. In addition, the CEGAGlobal Networks program organizes conferences to disseminate locally-generated research, connects fellows with policy makers and other partners, and hosts events for scholars to deliver and receive feedback on working papers.

CEGA will share an overview of their work and discuss how it contributes to UC Berkeley’s equity and inclusion goals. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss shared challenges in diversifying international exchange and visiting scholar programs at UC Berkeley.


Maya Ranganth, Senior Program Manager, Global Networks

Chelsea Downs, Senior Program Associate, Global Networks

About CEGA

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is an Organized Research Unit advancing global development research that inspires policy change. Headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley, CEGA’s large, interdisciplinary network–including a growing number of scholars from low and middle-income countries–identifies and tests innovations designed to reduce poverty and promote development. CEGA researchers use rigorous evaluations, tools from data science, and new measurement technologies to assess the impacts of large-scale social and economic development programs. CEGA’s work spans different topical sectors (including Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, and Health), and including local researchers from low-and middle-income countries is at the core of the Center’s approach.

Berkeley International Group events are designed for UC Berkeley faculty and staff and are not open to the general public.

The Berkeley International Group (BIG) is composed of UC Berkeley faculty and staff who are invited to meet monthly to collaborate and participate in informal discussions related to the international work we do across UC Berkeley.  During the academic year, the group typically meets once a month, with the host(s) deciding upon the topic, date, time, and location of the meeting. Each meeting is typically hosted by a different unit on campus.

Since 2019, BIG is a recognized Staff Organization Community of Practice, which facilitates opportunities for staff to become more involved in campus life. Joining relevant communities of practice allows staff to continue to develop and broaden their skills, as well as meet people who have similar professional interests.