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Social Impact Initiatives

Forget the “OR.” Embrace the “AND.”
Social Impact @ Stern provides opportunities for you to create shared value while banking “real-world” experiences, deepening your Stern classroom experience, and broadening your perspective and network.

Social Impact Stipends

Since 2006, the Stern Undergraduate College has awarded more than 160 social impact stipends to matriculated Stern undergraduates who seek to use their business education to create "shared value" by tackling 21st century real-world challenges. SI Stipend participants volunteer with nonprofits, intern with government agencies, and explore the creation of their own social ventures during every semester and break period. Apply.

2014-2015 SI Stipend Application Priority Consideration Dates:
  • Fri., 9/26, 5pm - 2014 Fall Semester cycle applications
  • Fri., 12/5, 5pm - Winter Break 2014/2015 cycle applications
  • Fri., 2/6, 5pm - 2015 Spring Semester and 2015 Spring Break cycle applications
  • Fri., 5/1, 5pm - 2015 Summer cycle applications
(See also Wasserman Center Internship Grant)

Social Impact Business Challenge (SIBC)

The SIBC provides an opportunity for Stern undergrads to create "shared value" by developing a business that draws on concepts learned in the Social Impact Core curriculum.


SIBC teams need not have a fully formed business plan in place in order to register. The winning team is eligible for up to $70K in seed money through the SIBC and the Berkley Center's Social Venture Competition. All SIBC team members must be enrolled as undergraduates at NYU; at least one must be a Stern undergraduate.

New in the fall 2014 semester: 
1) We have partnered with Net Impact's "NICE" initiative (Net Impact Collaboration Experience) for this fall's competition to provide interested SIBC participants ongoing support, feedback, and community throughout the semester. Please join the Tues., 9/30 NICE discussion (6:30pm, UC-7) for an introduction to NICE and the fall 2014 SIBC.

2) The SIBC will run in parallel with a fall 2014 pilot co-curricular opportunity for Stern students enrolled in a fall 2014 section of the 2nd SI Core course, Organizational Communication and Its Social Context (OC). This co-curricular program, currently called "OCCO" will be an opportunity for students to supplement and enhance both their in-class and their SIBC experiences.
NOTE: undergraduate students need not be enrolled in a F14 section of OC to participate in the F14 SIBC, nor is it a requirement for students enrolled in a section of OC AND participating in the SIBC to participate in OCCO. OCCO is an opt-in opportunity available to those enrolled in OC. (See the application above for more information about OCCO.)
Key Fall 2014 SIBC Dates:
  • Thurs., 9/18/14, 5pm, Paulson Auditorium - Berkley Center Venture Competition Kick-Off (registration recommended)
  • Tues., 9/23/14, 6:30pm, UC-7 - NICE Discussion, SIBC introduction
  • Fri., 9/26/14, 11am-1:45pm, L101 - Social Impact Showcase (open to all) 
  • Thurs., 10/16/14, 12pm - fall 2014 SIBC Registration/Intent to Compete DUE
  • Tues., 11/11/14, 12pm - fall 2014 SIBC Application DUE 
  • Fri., 12/5/14, 10am-12pm, LC-25 - fall 2014 SIBC Final Presentations
(See also: (1) NYU's Office of Sustainability's Green Grants program; (2) NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge .)

Undergraduate Book Club

FALL 2014 - Join us to discuss William Dercsicwicz's Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.
Sessions will be held on Wed., 10/15 and Thurs., 10/16 - both during common hour in room UC-09. Please fill out this Google form by no later than Thursday, 10/2 at 5pm to confirm your spot in the discussion. 

In partnership between the Undergraduate Social Impact and Advising teams, this student-driven initiative was piloted in the spring 2014 semester as a way to extend the intellectual journey that is initiated in Stern’s social impact courses. Professor Mark Brennan, the book club’s faculty champion, is passionate about helping students tap into their scholarly curiosity and broaden their intellectual horizons. 


Stern International Volunteers: GHANA (SOIM-UB.2000)

As a student in this Spring 2015 course, you will take a 3 credit seminar in which we will explore Ghanaian culture, history and laws focusing on the role of property, human rights and environmental concerns. We will consider the roles of law and business as agents for social change. 

Information sessions for the Spring 2015 course are scheduled for Thurs., 10/2, and Wed., 10/8 - both at 12:30pm in UC-25. Learn more.

Experiential Learning Seminar: Social Impact Consulting (MULT-UB.0103)

In this fall and spring experiential learning seminar course, teams of undergraduates apply lessons learned in the SI Core Curriculum while working with faculty mentors on consulting-based projects that produce value for nonprofit partner organizations.

First Year Impact (FYI)

The First Year Impact (FYI) program provides a forum for reflection and personal discovery through service and discussion. It augments the Social Impact Core, and is one of two opportunities available to Stern freshmen who are enrolled in a spring section of Business and Its Publics.

Social Solutions Project Lab (SSP)

The Social Solutions Project Lab provides a small group of freshmen who have an interest in social entrepreneurship with an opportunity to research and develop business ideas that can create shared value. It augments the Social Impact Core, and is one of two opportunities available to Stern freshmen who are enrolled in a spring section of Business and Its Publics.

Organizational Communication and Its Social Context Co-curricular (OCCO)

*New in Fall 2014* The Organizational Communication and Its Social Context Co-curricular (OCCO) program provides Stern undergraduates who are enrolled in a F14 section of SOIM-UB.0065, and who are interested in creating and/or developing a social venture business idea (& potentially entering that idea into the fall 2014 Social Impact Business Challenge, see below) and exploring social impact in and around NYC, the chance to delve more deeply into business’ response to social problems. 

Social Impact Council (SIC)

Working closely with Matt Statler, Richman Family Director of Business Ethics and Social Impact Programming, and Kristy McCadden, Senior Associate Director of Social Impact Programming, the SIC is a working committee comprised of concerned and involved undergraduate students who fulfill a crucial, on the ground advisory role for the NYU Stern Undergraduate Social Impact administration.

Social Impact @ Stern

Get involved. Create. Social. Impact. The Office of Student Engagement supports many student-led clubs that are grounded in service and social justice foundations.

Social Impact @ NYU

Get involved. Create. Social. Impact. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with the larger NYU community. Become a member of the Civic Team, participate in an Alternate Break, or help a child learn to read as a part of America Reads, America Counts. Visit the NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service to learn more about NYU clubs and service and leadership opportunities that await you.

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