Marquette University’s Jesuit mission and identity have made social innovation a natural fit for the institution. Marquette’s pillars – excellence, faith, leadership, and service – form the foundation for preparing agents of positive social change, and leverage the academic enterprise to be part of a solution to global challenges, thereby increasing human well-being. Social innovation at Marquette provides a powerful tool for interdisciplinary learning through creative problem solving, systems thinking and empathic leadership, as well as a “changemaker” framework for life.
Signature Programs Marquette University
Social Entrepreneur Residency
The Social Innovation Initiative hosts the annual Social Entrepreneur Residency. For 2012, Marquette’s resident was David Bornstein, author of The Price of a Dream: The Story of Grameen Bank, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, and co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. David currently writes for the New York Times in “Fixes,” an online column about the solutions provided by social innovation. Included in David’s residency were lectures, student workshops, faculty luncheons, and an inaugural Midwest Consortium for Social Innovation workshop. Previous residents include Ashoka Fellows Greg Van Kirk (2011), Raj Vinnakota (2010) and Jane Leu (2009).
FixesU: the Marquette-New York Times partnership to develop a digital wiki-style platform for embedding social innovation across the curriculum – the first of several possible iterations using the Fixes solutions journalism provided by authors and writers David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg. FixesU was selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as one of 10 winning projects in a field of 1,000 applicants from 85 countries
Brady Corporation-Marquette University Midwest Social Innovation Design Contest
The Brady Corporation-Marquette University partnership for the Midwest Social Innovation Design contest, the first regional parallel to the national Dell Social Innovation Challenge (a partnership between Dell Corporation and the University of Texas at Austin). Announced in fall 2012, this fills a catalytic role in building a more robust social-entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Upper Midwest by engaging students, faculty and administrators at regional colleges and universities. The contest serves as a key event during Milwaukee’s Innovation Week.
Change Leaders Marquette University
Jeff Snell Special Advisor to the President
Jeff Snell, PhD, serves as special advisor to the president at Marquette University, where he works with senior leadership on institutional strategies and initiatives, such as social innovation. Under the auspices of the university Provost, he is the primary architect of the university’s Social Innovation Initiative, which includes founding the Midwest Consortium for Social Innovation; designing Marquette’s first courses (3) dedicated to social innovation (graduate and undergraduate); the student-led Changemakers group; the faculty-centered Social Innovation Practitioners and Researchers group; the Social Innovation Leadership Experience for non-profit executives in the State of Wisconsin; the Brady Corporation-Marquette partnership for the Midwest Social Innovation Design contest (the regional parallel to the national Dell Social Innovation Challenge); and the Marquette-New York Times partnership for developing FixesU, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded wiki-style platform for embedding social innovation across the curriculum. Prior to Marquette, Jeff served as COO for the Argosy Foundation, a private family foundation with assets projected at $1 billion. Prior to Argosy, Jeff led the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to be counted among the largest of more than 2,500 affiliates, completing fundraising totaling approximately $100 million. Jeff received his doctorate from Marquette and a Master’s in social ethics from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts.