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Department of Social Entrepreneurship

Chair's Message

Chair Tonia WarnekeI would like to personally welcome you to the Department of Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College.  I earned my bachelor's degree from Rollins College, left to pursue masters degrees and my doctorate, and returned to Rollins in 2008 as a faculty member.  The close connections I developed with my professors while studying here motivated me to return as a professor, and every day, the interactions I have with students reminds me that this was one of the best decisions I ever made.  In 2013, I was fortunate to work with an amazing team to co-develop the Social Entrepreneurship major and minor at Rollins.  In our global economy, thinking about business as a tool for social change has never been more timely.  In the aftermath of the Great Recession, and in a society where environmental degradation and socio-economic inequalities are becoming more serious every day, social entrepreneurship helps students hone their skills of leadership, innovation, and creativity and fully engage in their communities--local and global--as they apply business skills in novel ways.  The tools embedded in social entrepreneurship prepare students for diverse occupations, some of which may not even exist yet. Over the past eight years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth both in our Social Entrepreneurship major and minor, and the field of social entrepreneurship in our region, around the country, and indeed, across the globe. I celebrate the success of our social entrepreneurship graduates, and I am proud to help lead our faculty efforts to provide cutting-edge social entrepreneurship education to undergraduate students.

Rollins is now an internationally recognized leader of social entrepreneurship education.  We offer the first social entrepreneurship major in the world accredited by AACSB-International, the hallmark of top-quality business education worldwide.  Since global problems today cannot be tackled from the lens of only one discipline, our social entrepreneurship faculty have diverse academic backgrounds ranging from community health and environmental law to management, marketing, and economics. They bring wide-ranging international experiences living, working, researching, and studying abroad; have been honored by prestigious teaching, research, and service awards; and continually spread their knowledge by coaching other colleges and universities, and consulting for social enterprises and non-profits. As our department mission demonstrates, we are committed to helping students translate their skills and knowledge into making a meaningful difference in the world and cultivating a productive career.  On behalf of the department's faculty and staff, I would like to thank our students--former, current, and future--for continual pursuit of excellence, both inside and outside the classroom.  We appreciate you and are so proud of all that you are accomplishing.  Keep changing the world, one step at a time!

Tonia Warnecke
Professor & Department Chair