Advocacy Initiative

The UCGHI Advocacy Initiative trains UC students and faculty in political advocacy for federal funding for global health issues.

Student advocates from across the UC system lead advocacy efforts on their respective campuses by collaborating with faculty, campus global health groups, and each other to build system-wide momentum in support of global health. Current proposed cuts to the global health budget threaten the health of communities both globally and locally. UCGHI AI helps ensure student, faculty, and community voices are heard throughout California and in Washington, D.C. by coordinating campus events and outreach to members of Congress and other elected officials.

UCGHI AI is partnered with Kyle House Group (KHG), a DC-based international advocacy and government relations consulting firm, to implement an advocacy strategy tailored to UCGHI's focus areas — Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment and Planetary Health — with a goal of harnessing the power of the 10-campus system in a shared advocacy effort.

Student Advocates

Our inaugural group of Student Advocates represent UC campuses and communities across California. Although they come from different fields and backgrounds, they share an interest in global health and passion for encouraging continued US leadership in global health.

Student Advocate Activities

  • Attend webinar trainings about the legislative process, advocacy strategies and updates on key events in Washington with the Kyle House Group
  • Participate in weekly conference call meetings for program updates and new assignments
  • Develop social media content to be shared on UCGHI's social media platforms
  • Coordinate campus engagement in the program, such as organizing events on Student Advocates' respective campuses and communities. In some cases, Student Advocates may also collaborate with other campuses on events.
  • Actively engage with program leaders to provide feedback on program development. We want to hear your ideas!

Want to be a Student Advocate?

We are looking for Student Advocates from all UC campuses to build advocacy networks and develop the program on each UC campus. Our program has recently started, but we are still seeking applicants with a strong interest in global health advocacy from UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, and UC Riverside. For more information, see the internship description.


If you have questions or would like to apply, please send your resume and brief letter of interest to Betty Nguyen at