Please create a list of social impact clubs or classes at universities
Several major U.S. universities offer collaborative programs, curriculum, clubs, and classes focused on clearing the way for social impact. We have highlighted a few of these universities and the types of social impact classes and clubs they offer. A few are highlighted below. 1. University of Pennsylvania — The Wharton School Wharton University of Pennsylvanian has an MBA program dedicated to Social Impact with a range of classes. These social impact courses include Impact Investing, Environmental Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Impact of Marketing. Two of them are:
FNCE 754 — Impact Investing
This class explores Impact Investing, which is an investment specialization that seeks to generate social benefits as well as financial returns. Impact Investing has broken into the mainstream of with demand for strategies and products that promote social good while having expected returns competitive with non-impact alternatives. MKTG 733 — Marketing for Social Impact This course teaches social marketing strategies for changing customer behavior on consumers on important issues in the public interest (e.g., health behaviors, energy efficiency, poverty reduction, fundraising for social causes). In addition, it examines the growing role of corporate social initiatives as they relate to marketing. 2. Stanford University Stanford has the following classes for social impact including its Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship. The Executive Program for in Social Entrepreneurship is a six-day residential program created to help social entrepreneurs transform their enterprises and innovative models to elevate them to next level. This program is customized to meet the needs of social entrepreneurs and common problems they face in their attempts to create social impact. 3. Northwestern University
Northwestern has a social impact curriculum that includes a variety of social impact classes. These classes combine to form a “Social Impact Pathway” for students who want to create positive social change throughout their careers. Four examples of their social impact classes are: Conceptual Basis: This class explores the foundations of social value and key strategies to effect change. Policy: The policy class examines the cross-section of social impact and policy. Nonprofit: This class studies mission-driven enterprises and board governance. Social Innovation: The goal of this class is to examine social enterprise as a design for social problem solving.
Yale University’s School of Management offers a wide selection of courses that explore social impact issues exploring social enterprise, environment stewardship, and non-profit management. Three of their social impact classes are: Managing Social Enterprises
This class provides tools for decision-making focused on the double and triple bottom line, how to calculate a social return on investment (SROI), the challenges of scaling a social innovation/product, and business exits. Urban Poverty and Economic Development This class focuses on research and policy on urban poverty and community development in the U.S., as a background for developing community wealth building economic development interventions in city and community settings. Inclusive Business Models This course explores the business models of organizations that seek to address the life needs of the economically impoverished people as their primary business objective in a financially sustainable way. SOCIAL IMPACT CLUBS
In addition to a number of classes, Universities are also the ground for student led clubs and organizations dedicated to creating social impact. Several of these social impact clubs are listed below. 1. Wharton Social Impact Club — University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton Social Impact Club, is a chapter of Net Impact and is student-led. What makes this club stand out is that it is the largest professional student organization at Wharton, and it is dedicated to providing educational, career and networking opportunities to MBA students interested in social impact. Its mission is to educate and raise the awareness of how the school’s leaders and student can create impact in local communities. It also aims to support students by recruiting for careers or internships in social impact. 2. CASE Impact — Boston College CASE Impact at Boston College is a club for students to explore social and environmental issues while engaging in practical problem solving and innovation. The club’s goal is to quip students with knowledge, skills, and ideas on how to create change. The club uses conversations, case studies, and design thinking to bring unique and new perspectives to complex social challenges. 3. Net Impact — University of California Berkley
Within its Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley offers the net impact club, which is a chapter of a national organization whose purpose is to help purpose is to help every member clarify define, and work toward the social impact they wish to achieve on a personal and professional level. 4. Community Consulting Club- University of Michigan Ross School of Business The Community Consulting Club is one of the Ross School of Business's is one of the most popular and unique clubs on the campus. Every year, the club engages in 10+ community based consulting projects that involve MBA and BBA students. The participants use their acquired business skills and acumen to help nonprofits in southeastern Michigan conquer challenges in marketing, financial management, human resources, and operations. CONCLUSION There are a wide selection of social impact classes and clubs housed at many prestigious universities within the United States, including University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Northwestern, Yale, the University of Michigan, Boston College, and University of California Berkley. These classes all have the goal of equipping individuals to successfully address complex social challenges.