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Social Impact Hub

The Social Impact Hub is a creative space on campus that provides tools and resources to support addressing local and global social issues. This is done through hands-on learning and purposeful dialogue based on the human-centered design thinking methodology.

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. Whether you are passionate about bringing societal change to the environment, poverty, education, immigration, healthcare, human rights, or any large-scale challenge, the Social Impact Hub believes true solutions must begin with a deep understanding of the issue.

The Social Impact Hub provides a space for students and faculty to gather and innovate for social change. To learn more about the services and opportunities we provide visit Get Engaged: Students or Get Engaged: Faculty.

Mission & Core Values

Mission

The Social Impact Hub helps foster global citizens and responsible leaders by educating, equipping, and empowering competent changemakers who are committed to building a better world. The Hub's focus is to catalyze the growth and integration of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability throughout Rollins College to best prepare graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. 

Core Values

The Social Impact Hub is committed to equipping passionate and capable members of the Rollins community to be effective agents of change in the world. The Social Impact Hub's work is based on collaboration, rooted in holistic liberal education, and focused on applied real-world problem-solving. The following five key values are foundational drivers to our work:

  1. Awareness of complex social changes
  2. Cultivation of empathy
  3. Understanding of system-level innovation
  4. Development of solution-oriented problem-solving skillsets
  5. Exposure to cultural diversity

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is achieving a positive societal or environmental change through the use of empathy and entrepreneurial principles (e.g., creative problem solving, determination, flexibility, leadership) to organize and manage a venture that has a measurable social impact that is sustainable as well as scalable and/or replicable. Social entrepreneurship applies entrepreneurial principles to solve difficult social and environmental challenges. It focuses on both creative solutions and long-term, sustainable change.

It is a social entrepreneur's belief that many of the world's problems can be changed through sustainable practices resulting in positive returns for society. Social entrepreneurship is most often associated with the business sector, but social entrepreneurs come from all walks of life as educators, government officials, artists, poets, and students.

For more information, check out the Social Entrepreneurship Program offered at Rollins.

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What is Social Innovation?

Social innovation (SI) involves “the creation of new ideas that address social problems by reconceiving the status quo to create more sustainable and just systems that benefit marginalized groups and society as a whole” (Brown University). Social innovations are unique solutions to social and environmental problems that are more sustainable, efficient, and effective than the status quo.

For more information, check out the Social Innovation Program offered at Rollins.

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