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  1. 1. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE LIBERAL ARTS The AshokaU Exchange Arizona State University“Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education” February 10 - 11, 2012 amherstinnovation.org middlebury.edu/studentlife/innovation/cse
  2. 2. WHO WE ARE: AMHERSTSILT = Social Innovation Leadership TeamFounded Fall 2010Team of 7 paid students – branch of the Center for Community EngagementMission: To provide Amherst College students with the tools to grow and sustain their innovative action ideas, projects, and organizations by moving towards a proactive, collaborative response to pressing public issues amherstinnovation.org
  3. 3. WHAT WE DOWorkshop Series Led by alumni and other community membersMentoring Program Developed with the Career CenterInterterm Course Taught by UMass entrepreneurship professorGumball Challenge Teaches students about microfinanceInnovation Pitch Competition Co-sponsored with other groups on campus amherstinnovation.org
  4. 4. WHERE WE’RE GOINGSummer Opportunities Incubation for student entrepreneurs Connections to summer internshipsForging Connections Network of liberal arts colleges involved in SE Grinspoon Entrepreneurship InitiativeGreater Presence on Campus Innovation Center? Administrative/Board of Trustees support amherstinnovation.org
  5. 5. WHO WE ARE: MIDDLEBURYMCSE = Middlebury Center for Social EntrepreneurshipFounded Fall 2011Team of 5 employees and several interns – affiliated with Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal ArtsMission: The MCSE will aspire to be a world leader in social change. It will offer young people and their allies an opportunity to take on the world’s toughest 21st-century challenges and make a difference. middlebury.edu/studentlife/innovation/cse
  6. 6. WHAT WE DOSymposium and Lecture Series January 2012 kickoff featuring Bill Drayton, Jacqueline Novogratz, Gordon Bloom and 12 educatorsRelated Academic Program MiddCORE, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and related coursesWinter Term Courses 21st-Century Global Challenges, Social Entrepreneurship in the Liberal ArtsGrants and fellowships Support for high-school and college students and recent graduatesTraining For Middlebury students to support center’s goals middlebury.edu/studentlife/innovation/cse
  7. 7. WHERE WE’RE GOINGSummer Opportunities Summer internships for Middlebury students Training for fellowship recipients? High school teachers?Forging Connections Regional gathering for AshokaU and related campuses Work with high schools on empathy initiativesGreater Presence on Campus More integration into academic program Support for research aspirations of students middlebury.edu/studentlife/innovation/cse
  8. 8. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE LIBERAL ARTS amherstinnovation.org middlebury.edu/studentlife/innovation/cse
  9. 9. QUESTIONSHow do you think the education system can best foster social impact?How do the liberal arts and social entrepreneurship complement each other?Will the liberal arts survive the 21st century?How do the values of social entrepreneurship and liberal arts overlap/intersect? amherstinnovation.org middlebury.edu/studentlife/innovation/cse

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