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Our mission shapes the Center’s activities and programs, led by five signature initiatives.
While talent may be equally distributed, opportunity is not. Impact Fellows, a two-year, cohort-based undergraduate program, serves students from populations typically underrepresented in business and provides a unique learning environment that will support their development into changemakers. Impact Fellows take courses together, experience speakers and activities outside of the classroom, engage in a residency where they learn and apply social enterprise concepts in a domestic or global setting, and have internships within the responsible business space.
Though increasingly important gateways to employment post-graduation, internships, offered without pay, remain out of reach for many. The Center’s Internship Access Award addresses the barriers underserved populations may face in pursuing these essential opportunities. The program provides funding to students that makes it possible for them to accept unpaid or low-paid internships.
To reduce economic inequality, the Center’s Social Incubator nurtures ideas and business startups with a singular focus on creating income and employment for people and communities living at or below poverty level. This is accomplished through a combination of expertise, mentorship, and seed funding.
Like much in our society, the gospel of shareholder capitalism—the belief that the sole purpose of a corporation is to make money for its shareholders—is currently experiencing a long-overdue reexamination and upheaval. To help ensure forward progress is maintained on this front, our Stakeholder Roundtable Series explores stakeholder capitalism, what it means, and how it can be applied to our businesses in a world rife with persistent inequality, social injustice, racial bias, and political polarization.
Business norms need to reflect today’s expectations. To articulate, define, and measure the stakeholder value being created by our public corporations, we will create and launch a Stakeholder Value Creation Index. With an eye toward influencing industry leaders and policy makers, this index will provide a holistic, objective, and relevant set of measures that will assist both our students and faculty in their research and pedagogy.