We wrap up the year with a look at students' experiences on co-op in Kenya and Zambia, the personal impact of volunteering in India, and student and f

In this Issue of SEI

We wrap up the year with a look at students' experiences on co-op in Kenya and Zambia, the personal impact of volunteering in India, and student and faculty's learnings from recent conferences. Finally, we celebrate our graduating seniors as we share their reflections of their time with SEI.

From the Founder & Executive Director


Images of Suffering Children and Social Change
By Professor Dennis R. Shaughnessy
We’ve learned over the last couple of weeks that photographs and videos of children victimized by chemical warfare in Syria led to a quick and targeted response from the US government. I’ve since read that the cost of the Tomahawk missiles fired in response was about $50 million, or approaching $1 million each. What could a $50 million investment of “peace through prosperity” capital do for a community? Read more here.


News & Spotlight


Graduating Seniors Reflect on Their Social Enterprise Journeys
Congratulations to all of the seniors who will be graduating this May! We love looking back on your journeys with you. Read more here.

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Co-op Spotlight: Eco Fuels Kenya
by Elodie Kwan
“Keep making the world better than you found it.” A good friend gave me this note before I left for Kenya. I’ve kept it in my wallet ever since. It’s a daily remember of why I came to Kenya in the first place, why I chose to pursue a career in the social enterprise space, and why I do what I do. Read more here.


My Journey with Community Service and How It Has Become Food for My Soul
By Ritika Kumbharkar
I absolutely love volunteering because it brings me so much joy and helps me to always be grateful for everything. Read more here.

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Changemaker Campus Representative Takeaways from the 2017 Ashoka U Exchange
By Martha Durkee-Neuman, Jordan Massa, and Professor Sara Minard
From March 2 through March 4, two students and two faculty participated in the annual Ashoka U Exchange. Read three personal accounts from the Exchange to receive a small glimpse into the powerful conversations and connections that Northeastern continues to engage in as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Read more here.


On the Topic of Education
By Elena Crouch
The truth of the matter is, if we want to “fix poverty” and live in a more equal and developed world, and if economies are to continue to grow, we have to educate women. Read more here.

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New Profit's Gathering of Leaders
By Madlen Gubernick
On my first day as a Communications Co-op at New Profit, I was handed a sheet of paper outlining the "Millennial Impact Fellow Video Competition," a new initiative for involving young agents of social change in New Profit’s annual event, the Gathering of Leaders. Read more here.



Saturday, April 22: SEISA Service with The Food Project
Friday, April 28: MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference
Tuesday, May 2: SEI Cording Ceremony All SEI-affiliated seniors welcome.
Wednesday, May 3: Free Online Course in Impact Investment Begins
Wednesday, May 10: CGIU Application Deadline
Saturday, May 13: Boston+Acumen Conference on Innovations in Scale

Additional events can be found on the SEI Event Calendar.



Get Involved with NU Impact Investing Initiative
The NU Impact Investing Initiative serves students who wish to gain financial literacy and engage in sustainable financial investing. Its NU Impact Fund provides students with the resources to gain financial independence, make social investments, and earn impactful financial returns. If you'd like to get involved, follow them on Facebook or email nu.impact.investing@gmail.com.

Learn the Language of Social Finance with a New MOOC
Social finance classes are not just for MBA students anymore. Social entrepreneurs can now learn how to attract impact investment – online and for free. The course is a MOOC or “massively online open course.” The course is led in part by Northeastern University’s own Sara Minard. Sign up for the course, which begins May 3 and runs through June 28.

Clinton Global Initiative University
Northeastern will host CGIU on October 13-15, 2017. This event attracts students from 80+ countries and seeks to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses in addressing this generation’s most pressing challenges. The new extended application deadline is May 10. Learn more and apply here.


Jobs & Internships

The Possible Project, Business and Education Associate (Cambridge)
Commonwealth, Innovation Strategist (Boston)
Dobility, Special Projects Associate (Cambridge)
BuildOn, Partnership Coordinator (Boston)
(RED), Designer (New York City)
GlobalGiving, Fellowship (Washington, D.C.)
Social Impact, Impact Evaluation Summer Intern (D.C.)
One Acre Fund Business Development, Digital Marketing Communications, or People Operations Summer Intern (New York City)


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

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