SEI March 2014 Newsletter In This Issue ▪ From the Founder & Executive Director▪ Staff Spotlight▪ Enterprise Spotlight▪ News & Student Spotlight

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SEI March 2014 Newsletter


Northeastern Room to Read Chapter Members with John Wood, Founder of Room to Read

In This Issue

From the Founder & Executive Director
Staff Spotlight
Enterprise Spotlight
News & Student Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Internship & Job Opportunities
Alumni Fundraising
Contact Us

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John Wood, Founder of Room to Read and Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, co-authors of "Half the Sky." Photo by Maria Amasanti/Northeastern University.

From the Director

Advice for Graduates from Leaders in Social Change

By Professor Dennis Shaughnessy

On April 23, the Social Enterprise Institute had the great pleasure of hosting John Wood, founder of Room to Read, and Nick Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winners and authors of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” for a panel discussion, moderated by Sheila Mercado, founder of The session was focused on the importance of child literacy and empowerment as an escape route from poverty, particularly for young girls in the developing world. I thought I would briefly share some of the insights from John, Nick and Sheryl, for everyone but especially for students and soon-to-be graduates. I’ve taken the liberty to add my own thoughts to the core ideas offered by John, Nick and Sheryl.

Read more here.

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Staff Spotlight

A Message from a Graduate of the Social Enterprise Institute

By Emily Turner

Many of you are just days from graduation in what could be the most terrifying and exciting week of your life. I remember it well, just over four years ago now, feeling like I was on the edge of possibility. The news relayed messages of how little hope I had in the job market. Friends were moving home while continuing to search. Like many of you, I had no idea what I was going to do. I applied to well over a hundred odd jobs, but truly wanted to contribute to the idea that business could do some good in the world. I was a student of Professor Dennis Shaughnessy and even travelled to the Dominican Republic on the first Field Study program.

Read more here


SEI students and IDEA Managment Team members meeting with the Founders of Bureo Skateboards

Enterprise Spotlight

Bureo Skateboards

By Audrey Shaughnessy

Chile is one of Latin America’s fastest growing economies. According to the World Bank, approximately seven million Chileans lifted themselves out of poverty between 2004 and 2012 due largely to increases in gainful employment opportunities. Despite such socioeconomic improvement, Chile continues to underperform, relative to neighboring countries like Argentina, with regards to environmental protection.

Read more here

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Northeastern's Academic Honors Convocation in which Professor Dennis Shaughnessy received an Excel­lence in Teaching Award

News & Spotlight

Missed "Education: Empowering Girls One Book at a Time" last week? Click here for an event summary.
Learn more about the day to day life of the SEI Inagural Global Fellow, Gail Batutis, who is currently co-oping with Aakar Innovations.
Learn about the implementation of SEI's impact investment in VisionSpring during the upcoming field study program here.
The 15th annual Social Enterprise Conference hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School took place on March 29-30th. Read an overview here.

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5th Graders from Orchard Gardens k-8 school selling hand-made crafts on the Northeastern campus

Upcoming Events

Citizen Schools WOW

The Citizen Schools WOW!, an event showcasing student apprenticeships will take place on Wednesday, May 21st at Orchard Gardens K-8 School from 5:15-7:00pm. Click here to register.


Partners in Health Volunteer Night

Join Partners in Health on Wednesday, May 7th for a volunteer night at their Boston office. Volunteer nights provide PIH supporters with the opportunity to drop in, hear an update from the field, and contribute a few hours of work. For registration information, click here.


SHARE: Catalyzing the Sharing Economy Conference

Join SOCAP and Peers as they co-sponsor "Share: Catalyzing the Sharing Economy" conference, taking place in San Francisco From May 12-13th. The conference will bring together change makers from multiple sectors and perspectives to meet at the crossroads of the old and new economy to find common ground and catalyze the next wave of growth in underdeveloped economies. Fore registration information, click here.

Internships & Job Opportunities



The MIT D-­Lab Scale Ups program seeks a Research Assistant for an agricultural research project led in Morocco during the summer of 2014. The research is centered on the introduction of small-­scale silage to improve the productivity of small-scale dairy and beef farmers in Morocco. The research assistant’s responsibilities will include assisting the research team with data collection - through interviews and, potentially, focus groups- on the agricultural practices of small holder dairy and beef producers, and in particular, their production and storage of feed for use during the dry months.

Students with fluency or high proficiency in English and French (Arabic or Berber a plus), and experience with developing countries are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should contact Elisha Clark at



Interise is a national economic development non-profit organization based in Boston, MA focused on helping established urban small business owners create new jobs and generate wealth in historically underserved communities. Interise is seeking summer internships for the following departments: non-profit accounting, evaluation and research, marketing/communications, and program management. To apply for any one of these positions, please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest and fit for the position along with an updated resume to, addressed to: Steve Kirk, Director of Finance and Administration, Interise, 197 Portland Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114.



KaBOOM!, is a national organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child. The organization seeks a Associate Community Outreach Coordinator (ACOC) to join their team in their Washington, DC office. ACOCs work closely with Community Outreach Coordinators to develop relationships and create partnerships that align KaBOOM! Funding Partners' investment interests, the KaBOOM! community build model, and community needs. Click here to apply.


Root Capital

Root Capital, a social enterprise working to grow rural prosperity by investing in small and growing agricultural businesses in Africa and Latin America seeks an Office Administrator to support operations in their Cambridge, MA office. The office assistant is responsible for coordinating daily operations of Root Capital’s Cambridge office, supporting internal communication activities among global offices, and providing administrative support to the Human Resources Team. For more information, click here.


One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund (OAF) is seeking an early-career, high-performing individual to take on the role of New Country Scout. The role, which entails a minimum two-year commitment and extensive travel will support OAF's long-term goal to reach at least 1.1M farm families this decade is to launch one new country per year. Learn more about this position and other openings at OAF here.

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Disclaimer: The content of this newsletter is developed by SEI undergraduate students. Submissions are solicited and in some cases edited by students, with the guidance of SEI’s staff. Nothing herein has been specifically endorsed by the DMSB

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