1. Newsletter: September 2015

    October 2, 2015


    A Note from Managing Director Rishi Moudgil

    We’ve had a tremendous first year at the Center for Social Impactand we look forward to working with you to tackle society’s most complex challenges. We’re pleased to welcome our new Faculty Director Michael Gordon. He brings much experience in social entrepreneurship with a focus in the Detroit area.

    This year we’ll deepen our engagement with cross-sector and multidisciplinary partnerships regionally, including nonprofits, social enterprises, government, education, and business. We challenge you to incorporate social impact into your work – regardless of industry – and to recognize it not as a tradeoff, but rather a sustainable approach to your business, career, and life!


    Thurs, Sep. 10, 4:30 – 5:30pm, R0240 Ross School of Business

    Happy Hour 

    Thurs, Sep. 10, 5:30 – 7:00pm, Dominick’s

    Join us for our Center for Social Impact Kickoff at 4:30pm on Thurs, Sep. 10 to hear more about the Center’s offerings and meet fellow Social Impact students from Ross and other schools.

    Following the Kickoff, stop by the Social Impact Happy Hourhosted jointly by the Center and Ross Net Impact at 5:30pm for food and drinks at Dominick’s.

    Board Fellowship Deadline and Info Sessions*

    Mon, Sep. 14, 5:30 – 6:30pm, R0210, Ross School of Business
    Wed, Sep. 16, 5:30 – 6:30pm, 1840, School of Social Work

    Develop project management and executive skills as a board member of a Southeast Michigan nonprofit. This multidisciplinary program is open to graduate students in the schools of business, social work, and public policy with limited positions available for information, urban planning, and public health students.

    The mandatory info sessions provide information about key application details, board-level strategic projects, and student forms. Applications are due Fri, Sep. 18 by noon.

    *Attendance at one of the two sessions is mandatory to be considered for the program. 

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    Serve on the Student Advisory Board

    Deadline to Apply: Sep. 15 by Midnight

    The Student Advisory Board is our student leadership team withboard members 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. Applications are due Tues, Sep. 15 by midnight.
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    Center for Social Impact Key Dates and Deadlines

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    Student Impact Stories
    Inspiring Students to Achieve Their Dreams

    In his summer internship, with funding support from the Center for Social Impact and the student-run Give-A-Day Fund, Max Dixon leveraged his marketing and strategy skills for The Future Project.

    Max’s work focused on business model development for an online resource to supplement the in-school Dream Directors, who work with high school students on “Future Projects” that turn student dreams and aspirations into reality.

    Student Impact Stories
    Supporting Social Entrepreneurs

    This summer, four Ross MBAs embarked on a 3,300 mile, five-week road trip across the US to work with and learn from social entrepreneurs.

    The 2015 Ross MBAs Across America team’s journey was sponsored by the Center for Social Impact, and is a powerful example of how students are accessing unique opportunities to make an impact.

    Mingle ‘n’ Match for Social Entrepreneurs
    Tues, Sep. 29, 5:00 – 7:00pm, Shinola Ann Arbor

    Have an idea for a start-up social venture? Looking to find partners who have specific skills? This event, hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK, Center for Entrepreneurship, Zell Lurie Institute, School of Public Health, School of Information, optiMize, Center for Social Impact, and Innovate Blue, will help you meet prospective partners and fellow entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.

    Mingling will be followed by a series of one-minute pitches by those interested in finding team members. Hot appetizers will be served.


    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.

    Social Venture Fund Info Sessions

    Wed, Sep. 9, 6:30 – 7:30pm, R1230
    Thurs, Sep. 10, 8:30 – 9:30am, R2310

    Learn about the application process and program overview of the Zell Lurie Institute’s Social Venture Fund for undergraduate and graduate Ross and dual degree students. The Fund is an impact investment fund that invests in sustainable, innovative, for-profit companies that place the generation of a significant social impact at the heart of their mission and way of doing business.

    Philanthropy University

    Free courses for changemakers

    Philanthropy University is a free, first of its kind educational initiative for changemakers. Its courses are designed to give you the learning, resources, and community you need to change the world. Topics range from global social entrepreneurship to financial modeling for the social sector.

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    SEA Detroit Webinar: Social Entrepreneurship 101

    Wed, Sep. 23, 5:30 – 6:30pm

    Social entrepreneurship is a fast growing trend in business and society today, not only in Detroit and the region, but across the country and around the world. Register to attend this webinar with the SEA Detroit chapter and learn how you can combine your entrepreneurial talents with your social skills and become a part of this revolutionary movement!

    Register Now

    U-M Campus Invitation to Vote

    2016 MLK Symposium Keynote Speaker

    The University of Michigan MLK Symposium Committtee is seeking input from across campus regarding this year’s keynote speaker. Research the three options and submit your vote by Sep. 17.

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    2015 Detroit Homecoming

    Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2015

    The 2nd Crain’s Detroit Homecoming will take place Sep. 30 – Oct. 2. The Homecoming, which received funding through the Knight Cities Challenge, is designed to keep expats in touch with news about the city, career opportunities, and themselves.

    Learn More and Apply

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