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Educational Courses at the University

Our education program advances the Center's mission through learning, teaching, action research and reflection. The education program leverages the unique learning asset of the GSBI alumni network of 200+ social enterprises for SCU faculty and students, and the broader Jesuit educational network. The Center shares lessons learned about social entrepreneurship through its student fellowships, dedicated classes, research grants, and collaboration with scholars at Jesuit and other universities.
  • iconThe Global Social Benefit Fellowship

    The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and action research for undergraduate juniors within the GSBI worldwide alumni network of social entrepreneurs. The fellowship combines a 7-week summer field experience in the developing world with two quarters of academically rigorous research. This is the Center’s flagship educational program, and provides practical action research opportunities for students to investigate how social enterprises provide essential goods and services in emerging economies. From their field research, fellows acquire a depth of understanding about how frugal innovation technologies are being used in the developing world. The fellowship provides a unique learning opportunity for engineering students to understand the role of technologies in sustainable economic development. Faculty research mentors support student research in their particular discipline. This fellowship emphasizes leadership development, personal growth in self-awareness, and reflection on one's vocation.
  • iconClassroom Education

    The Center teaches social entrepreneurship in partnership with other campus units. In partnership with the University Honors Program the Center offers Honors 20: Technology for Social Justice (fulfills the STS core curriculum requirement) and Honors 120: Entrepreneurship for Social Justice (fulfills Advanced Writing core curriculum requirement). The Center teaches two courses foundational for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, ELSJ 134 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and ELSJ 135 Research in Social Entrepreneurship (these fulfill the STS and Experiential Learning for Social Justice core curriculum requirements). In the School of Engineering, in partnership with the Frugal Innovation Lab, the Center offers a graduate course ENGR 341 Innovation, Design, and Spirituality.  


  • iconSocial Enterprise Action Research Exchange

    The Social Enterprise Action Research Exchange (SEARX) is a technology platform linking university-based researchers with social entrepreneurs around the world. SEARX invites social entrepreneurs to present their practical, action-oriented research needs through the platform, akin to an online want ad, and faculty researchers can review these and select projects of interest to them or their students. Conversely, university-based researchers can upload a profile of their research capacity, so that our social enterprise partners might identify and request this expertise. SEARX leverages the unique learning asset of Center's 200 social enterprises for SCU faculty and students, and the broader Jesuit educational network. 
  • iconThe Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program

    The Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program in Science and Technology for Social Benefit, administered by the Center, supports faculty and student research across campus. Over the past four years, the Center has awarded roughly $200,000 in research funding, science, engineering and social science faculty and students, especially for frugal innovation projects. Through this grants program the Center fosters shared research and learning among the social entrepreneurship movement and the campus community.

  • iconSTS Course Development and Integration: Faculty Resource

    The purpose of STS in the core is to help our students develop a richer understanding and to develop the confidence and capacities to become leaders and citizens of a scientific and technological world. Learn more about the goals of STS undergraduate education at SCU, and the STS learning Objectives.

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