Rollins College Changemaker Campus

Rollins College provides a personalized, hands-on education that inspires students to tackle the big challenges facing our global community. Driven by pillars of excellence, innovation and community – and nimble enough to be effective, Rollins is institutionally committed to the pursuit of creative possibilities and students are limited only by the boundaries of their own ideas. Here liberal arts and business education coalesce to approach the world through a lens of critical liberal competencies with key pragmatic tools. Rollins carries an esteemed tradition for experiential learning with nationally renowned community-based curriculum, research and engagement. Over 70 percent of faculty members have community engagement linked to their pedagogy. At the nexus of innovative academic work, strong philanthropic ties and an entrepreneurial ecosystem, social innovation has become a campus-wide priority for Rollins.

Global Links

The Global Links program is a public private partnership founded in 2011 between the U.S. Secretary of State's Global Women’s Issues , Rollins College and Tupperware Brands. The Global Links program is a cross-cultural exchange program for high achieving female professors in developing and post-conflict countries. The nine to twelve month program involves in-depth business training in social entrepreneurship and practical business skills in the United States. After this training the professors return to their home country, and integrate their new business education curriculum at their university. An integral part of the underlying philosophy of the train the trainer model involves students going into communities and mentoring women in starting or scaling their own businesses and social enterprises. The goal is to catalyze women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship by creating a coalition of businesses, leading academic institutions and NGO partners with the support of the U.S. Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues to reach at least 10 scholars in India by 2016.

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SESi-designated Internships

At Rollins there is no shortage of students interested in changemaking, but there is a sizable void in students (and parents) who view this as a credible professional outlet. Rollins is committed to preparing students for success within the impact sector, which spans an incredible spectrum. In order to emphasize the feasible and outside of the box career possibilities that incorporate ‘doing good and doing well’, we have formalized a SESi-designation for internships. Now, students can search for a specified professional categorization of apprenticeships related to social entrepreneurship and sustainability alongside pre-med, pre-law and international business. To further enforce the caliber of this field, employers with positions in this designation must meet a strict set of criteria including paid positions. These SESi-designated positions are becoming some of the most viewed on Rollins’ internship database.

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Collaboration for Action (CfA)

The Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative (SESi) at Rollins is cognizant that successful change rarely happens in a vacuum and accordingly, strategic partnerships are a priority for most programs and projects we embark upon. A unified vision always strengthens perspective, amplifies momentum, stretches resources helps SESi generate maximum impact for our students, our community and far beyond. Rollins’ commitment to CfA is what attracted us to the Changemaker Campus Consortium. Some of our key CfA partners include Ashoka, Ashoka U the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative and Tupperware Brands. Internally, CfA partners span the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship, Office of Community Engagement, Office of International Programs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center, Sustainability Program and Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center.

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Business & Social Entrepreneurship Degree (BSE)

Rollins College offers students the opportunity to dig deeper in social innovation and change the way we do business in the 21st century through the Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship. Meeting the highest standards for business education set out by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the business-management and social entrepreneurship & business majors empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to become dynamic, innovative, and responsible leaders and entrepreneurs. These programs inspire students to develop businesses acumen that emphasizes innovation and sustainability and build careers out of making the world a better place through socially responsible decisions.

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Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on Faculty Director Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative

I am definitely a woman of the Ms. magazine era, a 1970s feminist with a passion for equality that fuels my research, my teaching, and my community service. When the opportunity to lead the initiative of social innovation education at Rollins became available it presented a perfect opening to direct my appetite for changemaking. The initiatives’ key values of diversity, empathy, and system change through building of relationships and competencies among myself, students, faculty, and staff dovetails with my leadership approach and opens opportunities for growth everyday. I’m particularly proud of the collaborative approach Rollins takes to enable everyone to become a Changemaker.

Cari Coats Executive Director, Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship

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Micki Meyer Director, Office of Community Engagement

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Keith Whittingham Faculty, Crummer Graduate School of Business

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Tonia Warnecke Faculty, Business and Social Entrepreneurship Department

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Dan Chong Faculty, Political Science

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Giselda Beaudin Director, Office of International Programs

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Margaret Linnane Director, Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center

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Daniel Myers Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Julian Chambliss Associate Professor, History

Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.