Managing for Social Impact
Understanding how organizations can address social problems, like food insecurity and barriers to re-entry for inmates, with strategies from the business world.
While traditional government programs and nonprofit organizations seek to address the devastating effects of poverty, food insecurity, limited access to education and other social issues, they cannot solve these problems alone. This course provides students with the information, skills and strategies to rigorously analyze social ills and craft potential solutions, with an emphasis on how insights from the business world are reshaping the social sector. The course focuses on two pressing social problems: food insecurity and barriers to re-entry for inmates. Students visit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, where they participate in a role-play simulation of food insecurity and work in the food bank. They also tour the Elmira Correction Facility and meet with inmates to hear first-person accounts of the challenges of re-entering society.
Grant category: Student Leadership
Topics: Access, Equity and Justice; Food and Agriculture; Health, Nutrition and Medicine; Law, Government and Policy
JR Keller, Department of Human Resource Studies
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
- Community partner: Food Bank of the Southern Tier
- Community partner: Elmira Correctional Facility
- Community partner: Social Finance
- Community partner: KIND Foundation
- Community partner: The Food Trust
- Community partner: Center for Hunger-Free Communities
- Community partner: Osborne Association
Engaged Opportunity Grants
Supporting a wide range of community-engaged learning projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.