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Social Impact Initiatives

Forget the “OR” and embrace the “AND.”
As participants in these Social Impact programs, you will have opportunities to create shared value while banking “real-world” experiences, deepening your Stern classroom experience, and broadening your perspective and network.


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

This spring 2014 semester, 2 credit course is offered by the Business and Society Program Area and is open to Stern freshmen, sophomore, and junior students in good standing*. Stern International Volunteers Seminar: Ghana (SOIM-UB.2000) will explore Ghanian culture, history and laws focusing on the role of property, human rights and environmental concerns, and the role of law and business as agents for social change. The course will culminate in a ten day service trip to Ghana in May 2014 during which students will directly experience responsibilities and opportunities to make a social impact. Enrollment is by application only and will be limited to 20 students. Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, October 28.

*This course is not open to current seniors because the trip portion will take place after graduation.

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.

Register your team today by emailing avm300@stern.nyu.edu (subject line: SIBC team registration).

Key Fall 2013 SIBC Dates:
  • Wed., 9/25, 5pm, Paulson Auditorium - Venture Competition Kick-Off (Register)
  • Fri., 10/4, 5pm - SIBC Registration Deadline
  • Mon., 11/11, 5pm - Application Deadline
  • Fri., 12/6 - Final Presentations (details TBA)
(See also: (1) NYU's Office of Sustainability's Green Grants program; (2) NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge .)

Social Impact Stipends

Since 2006, the Stern Undergraduate College has awarded more than 130 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. Learn more about the SI Stipend Program and apply now for the fall 2013 semester.

2013-2014 SI Stipend Application Priority Consideration Dates:
  • Fri., 9/27, 5pm - 2013 Fall Semester cycle applications
  • Fri., 12/6, 5pm - Winter Break 2013/2014 cycle applications
  • Fri., 2/7, 5pm - 2014 Spring Semester and 2014 Spring Break cycle applications
  • Fri., 5/2, 5pm - 2014 Summer cycle applications
(See also Wasserman Center Internship Grant)

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 in collaboration with nonprofit 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 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 Business and Its Publics.

Impact Initiative

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 Impact Initiative is an working committee comprised of undergraduates and designed to help enhance and spotlight undergraduate social impact activities and opportunities at Stern

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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