1. Newsletter: September 2014

    September 9, 2014
    It’s a great pleasure to welcome all our students to campus! Our team has been busy developing both new and refreshed offerings, and I am incredibly excited to share with you our new Center for Social Impact. Our goal is to prepare and inspire leaders to solve complex social challenges through a multidisciplinary and cross-sector framework. We look forward to working with you to drive change and build a new center of excellence at Michigan!
    New Website


    Mon, Sep. 8, 4:30-5:30pm, R0240 Ross School of Business


    Mon, Sep. 8, 5:30-7:00pm, Dominick’s

    Interested in pursuing social impact this year? Attend the Student Kick-Off to learn about leadership and skill-building opportunities, as well as resources to shape your educational and career paths. Opportunities include:

    • Board Fellowship
    • Social Impact Challenge
    • Student Advisory Board
    • Internship Programs & Funding Support
    • Social Entrepreneurship Competitions
    • Career Resources

    Immediately after the Kick-Off, attend our student celebration for the launch of the Center for Social Impact and meet like-minded students over drinks and light refreshments.

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    Board Fellowship Program Kick-Off

    Thurs, Sep. 11, 7:00-8:00pm, R0240 Ross School of Business
    Mon, Sep. 15, 4:30-5:30pm, 1110 Ford School of Public Policy

    Prepare for mission-driven leadership with consulting skills and executive experience as a board member of a nonprofit in Southeast Michigan. This multidisciplinary program is open to graduate students in the schools of business, social work, and public policy; a limited number of positions are available to students in the schools of information, public health, and education.

    Attendance at one of the two sessions is mandatory to be considered for the program. Here you’ll review this year’s partner organizations, potential board-level strategic projects, and key application details, including the official student forms. Completed applications are due Sep. 17.

    Serve on the Student Advisory Board

    Be an ambassador for social impact! The Student Advisory Board is our student leadership team with representatives from multiple graduate schools. The Board provides students with an opportunity to accelerate social impact and innovation at U-M while collaborating with their multidisciplinary peers to advise on programming and priorities for the Center. Submit your application by Wed, Sep. 10.

    2014 U-M Social Innovation Summit:
    Finding Purpose, Delivering Impact

    Fri, Oct. 10, 2014: 8:30am-4:00pm

    The 2014 Social Innovation Summit will feature entrepreneur, thought leader, and social innovator Aaron Hurst. Hurst is the Founder of the Taproot Foundation, Founder & CEO of Imperative, and Author of The Purpose Economy. During the summit, leaders from across sectors will reveal how they have found purpose through their careers. Additionally, workshop attendees will engage with social entrepreneurs and thought leaders to discuss and tackle social challenges such as impact investing, water access, food security, and purpose-driven education.

    Registration opens mid-September; more details coming soon!

    Student Impact Stories: Financial Tools for the Education Sector

    In her Impact Corps summer consulting internship, Kaitlin Paulson, MBA/MS ’16 leveraged her corporate finance skills while learning about the education sector at KIPP’s TEAM Schools. She created valuable tools to provide access to financial information and enable timely decision-making, including a financial model and leadership dashboard, to support TEAM’s growth as it scales rapidly across New Jersey.

    Social Impact Courses Around Campus

    Would you like to explore course offerings around the University of Michigan? The Center for Social Impact maintains a list of courses offered at U-M that focus on social entrepreneurship and innovation, nonprofit and public management, and related topics.


    Student Kick-Off Celebration:
    Sep. 8, 2014
    Student Advisory Board Applications Due:11:59pm.
    Sep. 10, 2014
    Board Fellowship Application Due:11:59pm.
    Sep. 17, 2014


    The Center for Social Impact provides students support and opportunities to design a pathway to become social impact leaders. Students in the Center’s programs collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.

    D:hive’s Build Social Course on Social Entrepreneurship

    Registration is open now for Build Social, which trains, develops, and coaches social entrepreneurs in Detroit’s small business community. The next class runs Wednesdays Oct. 1 – Dec. 3 from 6:00-9:00pm and offers a curriculum with a strong focus on double and triple bottom line business practices.

    Social Venture Fund Information Sessions

    Wed, Sep. 3, 1:00-2:00pm & 6:30-7:30pm R1210

    Hear an overview and learn about the application process for undergraduate and graduate Ross and dual degree students.The Social Venture Fund impact investment fund invests in and supports innovative companies that place social and environmental impact at the heart of their business model.Applications are due Sun, Sep. 7.

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