At the core of the Social Impact Hub mission and programming are human-centered and equity-centered problem-solving approaches. Through various offerings, the Hub inspires the community to practice design thinking by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process to enact changemaking.

What is The Hub?

The Social Impact Hub is a co-curricular department on campus that focuses on approaching societal inequities and environmental challenges with innovation to develop creative and sustainable solutions.

The Hub's space is available for students and faculty to gather and innovate for social change.

Rollins students work through a design thinking project around the UN's SDGs

Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

Rollins College was the first college in Florida to be named an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. This designation places Rollins among approximately 40 colleges internationally to receive this recognition for their leadership and commitment to building the field of social entrepreneurship and innovation.

Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

Design Lab

The Design Lab is the Social Impact Hub's physical space where students, staff, faculty, and community leaders come together to engage in innovation and active changemaking. The Design Lab, located at the center of campus in Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, combines a modular classroom setup with hightop workspaces and lounge seating to foster creative collaboration.

Rollins student and faculty mentor work together on a project in the Design Lab

Keep Exploring

Take a deeper dive into the projects, professors, and ecosystem at Rollins' Social Impact Hub.

Rollins Professors Present at Conference in Portugal

Anne Stone and Melissa Nelson, co-directors of the Social Impact Hub, along with education professor Jenn Manak presented their work at the 2023 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC).

Stone and Nelson Present Case Study at Management Conference

Anne Stone and Melissa Nelson, co-directors of the Social Impact Hub, recently presented research on supporting student development at the European Academy of Management (EURAM).

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

From courses and programs to pitch competitions and mentorship, Rollins provides students and alumni a network of resources to transform ideas into successful ventures.

Meet the Team

Reach out to The Social Impact Hub with questions or collaboration ideas:

Kathleen W. Rollins Hall - 2nd Floor

Telephone: 407.646.2808

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  • Melissa Nelson

    Melissa Nelson

    Staff Director, Social Impact Hub

  • Anne M. Stone

    Anne M. Stone, PhD

    Faculty Director, Social Impact Hub