The mission of ZiM is to increase social awareness, social responsibility, and social value.  ZiM was founded and continues to be managed by a professor, students, and former students from world class institutions who engage in service learning and global citizenship. Through traveling abroad, members of ZiM see a world where distance and borders are becoming less of an obstacle to building purposeful relationships. Thus, for ZiM, the practice of being a global citizen is not only a priority but a standard.


“No one is too far to help. In so many ways, 'globalization makes us neighbors.' Thereby, ZiM’s purpose is to empower our neighbors through zero interest loans, so as not to put them further in debt”

Long S. Le, Ph.D

Long S. Le

Long S. Le is a lecturer in management and director of the International Business Minor at the Leavey School of Business. His primary teaching area is global business with interests in curriculum design, study abroad, global citizenship, and social entrepreneurship. His research interests include microfinance and Islamic microfinance, global Asian migration diasporas, the political economy of development in frontier markets, and state-owned enterprises in Asia. His research has been published in journals such as Far Eastern Economic Review, Journal of Islamic Finance, Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Education About Asia, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Harvard Asian American Policy Review, and Global Asia: A Journal of the East Foundation.


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