Kevin Cao

An International Perspective

Kevin Cao, a student at UVA and a longtime advocate for social entrepreneurship, has cultivated an internationally informed perspective on education, nonprofit work, and community development.

A Global Development Studies major at UVA, Kevin has had the opportunity to travel to numerous countries for study abroad programs, including Brazil, India, China, and Japan. He is always interested in conducting international research and exploring new cultures and worldviews. 

From 2014 to 2016 Kevin led an interdisciplinary research project backed by the Clinton Foundation addressing water infrastructure in rural Nicaragua. He was honored by former President Bill Clinton at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University for his research.

Kevin’s experiences abroad, combined with a longtime interest in foreign policy and diplomatic work, have inspired him to pursue international teaching opportunities abroad.

An avid traveler, Kevin plans to next visit Iceland and England. He enjoys taking photographs of his travels, as well as scenery in day-to-day life. Additionally, he has traveled to places like Vietnam, India, Malaysia, and Europe. He is fluent in Spanish, studying it for 8 years. 

Kevin Cao Community Work

Kevin Cao is a cofounder of Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE), the largest student-led 501(c)(3) non-profit in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. GIVE was cofounded in 2009 with the goal of cultivating leadership among youth through projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. Since 2009, GIVE has since received accolades from the Washington Post, Northern Virginia Magazine, Virginia Business Magazine, and more. The non-profit continues to thrive and meet the evolving needs of 1000+ students across four counties in Virginia. Kevin balances GIVE with his studies and currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors where he helps to make strategic decisions. The organization has done projects such a free tutoring and book drives to help give students in the area the opportunity that they deserve. 

In addition to GIVE, Kevin is interested in numerous other community organizations, including but not limited to YMCA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity. He regularly volunteers with the corporate office of Habitat for Humanity in Charlottesville, Virginia. He previously was a Community Relations Intern for the YMCA of Washington, D.C where he assisted in corporate relations as well as creating an online network of friends and donors for the organization. Much of his community work as well as philanthropic work is inspired by his faith. He is involved in the Christian Community Development Association. 

Kevin Cao also enjoys walking in U.S. National parks and cutting hair, he is working towards his barber’s license. In addition he enjoys brewing tea and planning his next travel adventure.

More About Kevin Cao: In the summer of 2016, Kevin Cao worked as a summer intern at a major consulting firm in Silicon Valley. Now back at UVA for his fall semester, Kevin has resumed numerous activities on campus. He volunteers as a University Tour Guide, giving tours of the UNESCO World Heritage site to visitors of the university. He is also continuing his three-year fellows program with the Vice President of Student Affairs, Patricia Lampkin, and will see the completion of his $4.2M proposal for a new university student center. Kevin is also a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar.