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Supporting Community Impact: Evolving Best Practices to Promote Scholars Giving Back
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When: Thursday, November 5, 2020
12PM - 1PM (MT)
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Brubaker

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Supporting Community Impact: Evolving Best Practices to Promote Scholars Giving Back


Scholarship programs increasingly aim to facilitate community impacts as well as benefits for individual student recipients. In October 2019, a group of students, administrators, funders, and researchers came together to discuss best practices contributing to both Scholar advancement and community-wide improvements. A number of exceptional practices were highlighted, but strategy evolution didn't stop there. This webinar again brings together Scholar, funder, and administration perspectives to reflect on what we’ve learned and the impacts of the pandemic.


Ben Kerman, Ph.D.
Consulting Senior Advisor for Learning and Strategy
Social Science Research Council

Racheal Chris Nassimbwa
Michigan State University

Jane Hopkins
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation


Martha Saavedra, Ph. D
Associate Director of the Center for African Studies
UC Berkeley

Presenter Bios
Ben Kerman , Ph.D. uses data, evaluation and a little unconventionality to help improve programs and partnerships. He currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Social Science Research Council and consults privately with funders, non-profits and social impact investors. Until The Atlantic Philanthropies completed its grantmaking in 2016, Ben was Head of Global Strategic Learning and Evaluation. There, he designed and managed evaluations of philanthropic ‘big bets’ in the areas of Children and Youth, Human Rights and social change leadership development. Prior to joining Atlantic, Kerman led child and family services and systems reform evaluation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He is a Clinical Psychologist by training, completing adjunct faculty and post-doctoral posts at Yale Child Study Center, and degrees from the University of Rhode Island and Tufts University.

Racheal Chris Nassimbwa is a fourth year student at Michigan State University pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science, with a minor in Global Public Health and Epidemiology. She served as a Scholar Representative at MSU, where she worked as a liaison between the Mastercard Foundation staff and the Scholar’s community to ensure successful collaboration and conducive environment for students’ success. Racheal served on the Mastercard Scholar’s Council for the 2018/2019 academic year. In her role on the council, she worked on the Giveback/ Global outreach sub-committee where she coordinated the scholar’s community from all partner schools across the globe to organize service activities that created sustainable impact for various communities. She also participates in a wide range of outreach programs and volunteer activities with different organizations like UNICEF USA, Ndirande Handicap Center (Malawi), Spartan Service, NYAKA AIDS Orphans Project (Uganda), Lansing GiveGab and American Red Cross. She is also a co-founder for a non-profit organization that is working to ensure equitable access of healthcare services to vulnerable communities in Uganda.

Jane Hale Hopkins is the President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Founded in 1986, by The Coca-Cola Company and its U.S. based Bottling Partners, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has awarded over $66 million in scholarships to over 6,000 Scholars nationwide, enabling a brighter future for each one. As President, Ms. Hopkins is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s efforts to develop an influential community of socially-conscious and service-minded leaders who positively shape the world. Ms. Hopkins has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Centre College; a Masters of Public Administration from New York University; and a Masters of Business Administration from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, the Jeanette Rankin Foundation and GA CASA. She is the past Chair for the Emerge Scholarships in Georgia and the past Treasurer for the National Scholarship Providers’ Association.

Martha Saavedra , Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at UC Berkeley where she manages the MCF Scholars Program, other Center fellowships and public programs. Trained in International Studies and Political Science, she has taught in Spain, Ohio and California. She has published on agrarian politics in Sudan, ethnic conflict in the Nuba Mountains, representations of Africa in Chinese popular culture, and gender, development and sport in Africa. Her current research projects include a study of women’s football around the Indian Ocean and mental health services at African universities. She is a board member of Soccer Without Borders. 

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$35 for non-members*
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