Helping others collaboratively to transform systems
As a land grant institution, Cornell’s focus on public engagement fosters a culture where students are empowered to become active citizens and to tackle critical challenges. By participating in hands-on, practical learning experiences, they work with community experts to help create positive social change locally, throughout the state, and around the world.
In Social Entrepreneurship classes and programs, students learn to differentiate the predominant scarcity mindset from abundant mindset. The latter opens students to discover:
- Endless possibilities for effecting social change
- We collaborations and avoiding Us versus Them interactions
- Contributing to and working with others versus helping others
- Those who have lived the experience of the problem are experts and key participants
- Her/his own leadership style is a valuable contribution
The following programs represent hubs of activity, resources, and support which emanate from all fields of study throughout Cornell University.
- Ashoka U Changemaker Campus –the leading designation for social innovation in higher education. In 2008, Cornell was selected as one of Ashoka U’s first Changemaker Campuses.
- Clinton Global Initiative University is a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses. 15 Cornell students have been admitted into CGI-U for the 2017-2018 academic year with Entrepreneurship at Cornell acting as liaison.
- Societal Solutions Scholars Program promotes and facilitates student-driven innovation activities through a unique two-year program within the Dyson School.
- Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellows Program trains Cornell S.C. Johnson students for emerging opportunities at the intersection of sustainability and finance, including project finance that addresses climate change, ecosystem services, and poverty alleviation.
- Social Impact Internship Fund enables financial assistance to MBA students within the SC Johnson School who take no- or low-paying positions at certain types of organizations.
- High Road Fellowship in Buffalo is a fellowship within the College of Industrial Labor Relations providing opportunities for undergraduate students to participate as a group in research, engaged learning and service in community-based economic development in Buffalo, NY.
- Engaged Cornell is a campus wide ethos fueling the advancement of the University’s mission through community-engaged discovery and learning
- Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Johnson pioneers new approaches to business model creation and cultivates business leaders who seek competitive advantage through sustainable global strategies.
- Center for Transformative Action provides fiscal sponsorship to innovative, non-profit social entrepreneurs within New York State and provides curricular and extra-curricular educational opportunities in social change and social entrepreneurship.
- Sustainable Campus is a hub for sustainability in operations, research, education, and engagement.
- Avon Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School works to end violence against women and girls.
- Societal Solutions Scholars Program promotes and facilitates student-driven innovation activities through a unique two-year program.
Additionally, there are a number of student-led organizations that focus on social enterprise: