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Meet the Team

Meet the Social Impact Hub (The Hub) staff.

Dan Chong, PhD

Dan Chong, PhD

Faculty Director, Social Impact Hub

Cornell Hall – Room 208

T. 407.691.1709

Ph.D., International Relations from American University
MA, International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame

Dr. Dan Chong teaches courses in international human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution.  He has led international field study courses focused on human rights and global development to Guatemala, South Africa, Tanzania, and the Thai-Burma border. His first book, Freedom from Poverty: NGOs and Human Rights Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), analyzes the methods that NGOs use to advocate for rights to food, housing, and health care.

He has also contributed to journals such as Development and Change, Human Rights Review, and Global Environmental Politics. His most recent book, Debating Human Rights (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014), examines major controversies in the field of human rights.

He has served as the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International student club, as a member of the strategic task force for the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative (SESI), and on the internationalization committee.  He was awarded the Cornell Distinguished Service Award from Rollins in 2018.

Mary Conway Dato-on, PhD

Mary Conway Dato-on, PhD

Crummer Champion, Social Impact Hub

Crummer Associate Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship

T. 407.646.2514

BA, Bradley University
MBA/MIM, Denver University
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Areas of Specialization: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Business Models, Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior, Nonprofit and International Marketing 

As the Crummer Champion, Dr. Conway Dato-on connects The Social Impact Hub's key values of diversity, empathy, and system change in ways that develop responsible, global business leaders who use entrepreneurial innovation to change their world.

In addition to teaching and researching international aspects of social entrepreneurship at Crummer, Dr. Conway Dato-on is a visiting professor at IPADE School of Management in Mexico, Faculty Mentor for the Global Links Program, and a Fulbright Scholar. She also leads biannual global consulting projects, mentoring student-led teams to solve real-world business issues. She has taught in countries such as Denmark, Spain, Japan, China, and the Philippines.

She currently serves as a Board Member of Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator.


Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson

Administrative Assistant, Social Impact Hub

T. 407-646-2808

BS, Communication Studies and Psychology, Appalachian State University

Melissa obtained her B.S. from Appalachian State University where she was also the administrative assistant for the Economics Department, serving 20 faculty and supporting additional needs of the College of Business for over two and half years. Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, she previously worked in finance as well as in professional soccer.

Melissa has been working part-time for the Social Impact Hub since May of 2017 and serves as a point of contact for students, faculty, and the community. She supports the department with administrative, travel, budget and event management functions while supervising student staff. In 2019, Melissa was recognized with the Presidential Award for Diversity and Inclusion at Rollins.  Currently, she is pursuing an MA in Career and Technical Education with a focus in Gender Studies at UCF.