Pay-what-you-want restaurants, the challenges of living on $2 a day in the U.S., organizations like Strong Women, Strong Girls and Global Development

In this Issue of SEI

Pay-what-you-want restaurants, the challenges of living on $2 a day in the U.S., organizations like Strong Women, Strong Girls and Global Development Incubator, and other insightful articles on social enterprise from SEI students, alums, and faculty.

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From the Founder & Executive Director

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War Refugees and Wallenberg’s Briefcase
By Professor Dennis R. Shaughnessy
At a time of intense debate over resettling refugees and restricting immigration, as well as recent stories of desecration of Jewish cemeteries, a story that involves the US War Refugee Board seems especially relevant. President Roosevelt created this Board at the request of then Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. to address the murder of European Jews by the Nazis. Perhaps we can draw some parallels between these Hungarian Jewish victims or refugees and many of today’s displaced Syrian war refugees. Read more here.


News & Spotlight


Social Pricing: The Pay-What-You-Want Model
By Ciaran Farrell
In response to hard economic times where inequalities are at a high, restaurants are offering new, social solutions. This is the case of Boston’s Panera Cares Café, a nonprofit community café where prices are only a suggestion. Read more here.

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Malia Bachesta, SEI '15

Alumni Spotlight: Malia Bachesta
By Ritika Kumbharkar
Malia studied U.S. food systems in rural Appalachia as part of SEI's Senior Capstone course. Today she works on agricultural finance at Global Development Incubator (GDI) in Washington, D.C.
Read more here.


Co-op Spotlight: Seeking Social Justice with Strong Women, Strong Girls

By Sarah Mohamed
The Strong Women, Strong Girls Development Assistant Co-op allowed Sarah to put her business skills to use in an organization dedicated to empowering women. Read more here.


An Open Letter from Social Entrepreneurs to President Trump
Professor Dennis Shaughnessy, our Founder and Executive Director, is one of more than 440 social entrepreneurship leaders who are standing up for inclusiveness and opportunity for all.
Read more here.

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Barely Getting By: Living on $2 a Day in America
By Cayman Macdonald
What does life look like living on $2 a day in America? Kathryn J. Edin and Luke Shaefer try to answer that question by following American families living virtually cashless in their 2015 book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. Read more here.

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Why You Should Start a Social Venture: Northeastern’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
By Carson Markle
Here at Northeastern, students have a plethora of resources that give them the opportunity to cultivate their ideas into start-ups that can have an impact beyond campus. Read more here.

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Aneri Pattani, CAMD '17

Northeastern Student Aneri Pattani Wins Nicholas Kristof Trip
By Kayla O'Neill
We were delighted to learn last month that NU journalism major Aneri Pattani is the 2017 winner of the New York Times' Win a Trip Contest with Nicholas Kristof. She will accompany Nick Kristof on an all-expenses-paid trip to Liberia this June. Read more here.


Serving Students as a Citizen Schools Coach
By Rachel Loo
The Citizen Schools 8th Grade Academy (8GA) program brings 20 8th graders to Northeastern’s campus twice per month. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, students are able to start high school confident they are capable of reaching their dreams. Read more here.


March Events

Tuesday, March 14: nuCAUSE: 3rd Annual Careers for Social Impact
Tuesday, March 14: Room to Read Chipotle Fundraiser
Thursday, March 16: Conversation with Kate Knoll of Green Century Funds
Saturday, March 18: Mentoring with BuildOn
Wednesday, March 22: “Who Cares?” Film Screening & Chat w/ Filmmaker
Saturday & Sunday, March 25 - 26: Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

Additional events can be found on the SEI Event Calendar.



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 application deadline is May 1. Learn more and apply here.

Each year, MassChallenge gives out over $2M in equity-free cash prizes globally every year to help high-impact and high-potential startups win. Applications for the 2017 accelerator are now open!

Join the movement to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations. Volunteer, mentor, and fundraise with BuildOn to support global education and gender equality. Like them on Facebook and join the mailing list.


Jobs & Co-ops

Grameen America, Financial & Impact Analysis Co-op
One Summit Development & Public Relations Co-op
Jana User Testing Coordinator Co-op
Fresh Truck Community & Storytelling Co-op
Study Hall Education Foundation Social Enterprise Co-op (India)

Vera Solutions Associate Consultant Fellowship
GlobalGiving Fellowship
Bridge International Academies Digital Content Project Associate
BuildOn Partnership Coordinator
BuildOn Service Learning Program Coordinator
Root Cause Analyst
BUILD Program Impact Manager


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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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