An International Perspective
Kevin Cao, a student at the University of Virginia (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 visit a number of countries for study abroad programs, including Brazil, India, China, and Japan. He is interested in conducting international research especially in development, anthropology, and sociology.
From 2014 to 2016 Kevin led an interdisciplinary research project backed by the Clinton Foundation and several grant programs improving 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 education and international development opportunities abroad.
An avid traveler, Kevin documents his trips through landscape and still photography. He has visited Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His academic and professional experiences abroad have inspired him to pursue educational opportunities in other countries. Kevin is proficient in Spanish, having studied it for eight years and having served as Spanish Honor Society President.
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 founded in 2009 with the goal of cultivating leadership among youth through projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. GIVE has since received accolades from the Washington Post, Northern Virginia Magazine, Virginia Business Magazine, and others. The non-profit continues to help over 1000+ students across four counties in Virginia. GIVE runs projects such as a free tutoring program and book drives to extend opportunity and work towards educational equity. As a full time student, Kevin Cao serves on the organization’s Board of Directors where he helps to make strategic decisions.
In addition to GIVE, Kevin has been involved in a number of other community organizations, including the YMCA, International Rescue Committee, and Habitat for Humanity. He previously was a Community Relations Intern for the YMCA of Washington, D.C where he assisted in corporate relations by creating an online database of friends and donors for the organization. Much of his community work as well as philanthropic work is inspired by his faith. He attended the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) National Conference in2016.
Kevin Cao enjoys hiking the U.S. National Parks and cutting hair. He is working towards his barber’s license. In addition, he enjoys listening to podcasts and completing crosswords while drinking a nice cup of coffee.
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.