And they need your help

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has an endowment of over $42 billion – made up of donations from some of the richest (and most influential) people in the world.

In January, Bill and Melinda Gates published the foundation’s annual letter, an aggressive 15-year plan to change the lives of people living in poor countries for the better. They’ve laid out an inspirational agenda that seeks to merge ideas and innovations from business, technology and humanity.

The Gates embody the spirit of change. And we think there’s a bit of that in all of us. Deep down, we all see ourselves as agents of change. We believe we can do something positive to make a better life for ourselves, our families, and our community – maybe even the world. At Regis University, we’ve got a passion for propelling students’ careers and helping them follow their dreams. And for championing the social causes that are important to us all.

It’s worth reading the whole Gates letter, but here’s the four major areas the Foundation is predicting will be impacted in the next 15 years, how you can play a part, and how Regis will help you get there.

  1. Health prediction: Child deaths will go down, and more diseases will be wiped out. The Gates Foundation aims to reduce the number of children who die before age five in half, along with eradicating diseases like polio and malaria. Health care leaders like nurses and doctors will make the biggest impact on global health, combining compassion, ethics and leadership that strengthens and supports communities everywhere. Regis is committed to empowering the next generation of heath care leaders to make this prediction a reality.
  2. Farming prediction: Africa will be able to feed itself. With better technology and innovations in farming, African farmers will be able to increase productivity by 50 percent. Sustainability and stewardship of the planet are major tenants of Regis’ Jesuit Values and we incorporate that thinking into our course work. Students can chose from a range of courses that dive into global and environmental issues like Sustainability and the Context of Business in the 21st Century or Global Business Issues.
  3. Banking prediction: Mobile banking will help the poor transform their lives. The Gates letter predicts that, by 2030, 2 billion people who don't have a bank account today will be storing money and making payments with their phones. That means that over the next 15 years, we’ll need technology experts who’ve also got an eye on solving big, social issues. Skills that you can develop and hone with computer and information science programs.
  4. Education prediction: Better software will revolutionize learning. Technology will allow more people to attend classes and learn – and hopefully align better with career paths. This one hits close to home of us – and for many of our students. We think it’s important to let people study wherever is most convenient for them – our online programs are proof of that. We’re committed to enabling more people to attend classes virtually and we’re constantly exploring new ways to improve our online offerings.

Regis encourages students to find and follow their true path. Use the Gates’ letter as an inspiration and ask yourself questions like, what’s most important to you in life? And how will you act upon it? Keep this perspective in mind and you’ll help change the world, too.