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Thoughts on Change

"You can be entrepreneurial even if you don't want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges."

Steve Case

SESi social entrepreneurship and sustainability at Rollins College
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What is SESi

The Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative (SESi) takes an entrepreneurial approach to global change by applying innovation and sustainability to the world's most pressing societal challenges. Launched at Rollins in 2010, SESi helps Rollins students channel powerful and diverse passion for social change into solution-oriented action. Read More...

Interested in taking a SESi related course?

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Business & Social Entrepreneurship Department

The first-ever AACSB major is now at Rollins! In the tradition of the Rollins College mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, The Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship (BSE) affords students a unique opportunity to combine their education and passion to create a better world in which to live. 

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Events & Conferences

Speaker: Ambassador Mpule Kwelagobe Jan. 30 at Rollins College

Event: National Entrepreneurship Week Feb. 17-21 at Rollins College

Conference: Ashoka U Exchange Feb. 20-22 in Providence, RI

Event: Clinton Global Initiative Mar. 21-23 at Arizona State University

Conference: Sullivan Social Entrepreneurship Retreat Mar. 21-23 in Hendersonville, NC

Event: Social Entrepreneurship Start-Up Weekend Mar. 28-30 at Rollins College

Conference: Ashoka Change Leader Retreat Jun. 25-27 at Rollins College

Conference: Net Impact Change Leader Retreat for Social Innovation, TBA

 

Changemakers in Action

Sanjay RanaSanjay Bickram Rana spent his summer helping others in Costa Rica. He writes:

Most of us have this image of a social entrepreneur as an individual who receives prestigious awards or gains international recognition for his/her work, or even as someone who appears on television in various shows such as Ted Talks, and astonishes the viewers with stories of innovation and change. It is therefore of no surprise that one may encounter many individuals, particularly those from the younger generation, who are all striving to be social entrepreneurs with the aim of changing the world. Many however fail to realize that being a social entrepreneur is not that glamorous of a career after all.  Read more...

Kelsey UlhKelsey Uhl

Kelsey Uhl c/o '15 is like any other student at Rollins. She is active in her sorority and a resident adviser for first-year students at Rex Beach Hall. Along with Emma-Lee Clinger, Shelby McGuire,  also c/o ’15, and Katrina Zdanowicz c/o ’16, she is launching a new international nonprofit program that they are calling  4Girls. Their vision is to empower young women in impoverished cities worldwide through after-school programs  grounded in pillars of education, confidence and personal growth. Read more...

Shelby McGuireShelby McGuire attended the America's Business Council's annual Continuity Forum. She writes:

I have never heard such insightful speakers, I have never met such ambitious people, and I have never learned quite so much such in a short period of time in my life. Attending the America’s Business Council’s annual Continuity Forum was one of the best academic and personal growth experiences I've had.

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Raghabndra KCRaghabendra KC class of 2013 is dedicated to issues of health and global poverty. When not in class, KC leads Mission Aqua, a not-for-profit initiative that has already provided over 500 school children in rural villages in Nepal with clean, safe drinking water. 

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Anna MontoyaAnna Montoya, a senior A & S student, never heard of a social entrepreneur before Rollins. Though the many opportunities on campus including international trips, Anna has found a passion for helping others in new and impactful ways.

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