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Education & Action Research


“Creating transformative learning opportunities that engage students, faculty, and social entrepreneurs.”

Global Social Benefit Fellowship Wins Cordes Innovation Award


AshokaU has awarded the Cordes Innovation Award in Academic Student Learning for 2017 to the Global Social Benefit Fellowship. Each year AshokaU – the higher education initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs -- and the Cordes Foundation recognize leading models of social innovation education, and programmatic innovations that advance university engagement with the social entrepreneurship movement. This is the most prestigious award in social enterprise higher education.

The action research model of the Fellowship simultaneously supports rigorous, transformative undergraduate student learning and the scaling of social enterprises in developing countries that participate in our world-class Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) accelerator programs. Action research is a practice-led approach that emphasizes learning from working with social enterprises. This provides a value exchange between students and social enterprises.




The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and action research within the GSBI® worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. The Fellowship combines a fully funded summer field experience in the developing world with two quarters of academically rigorous research. It is a program of practical social justice, in the Jesuit educational tradition. The fellowship is described in detail in our white paper Action Research for Social Entrepreneurship Education. You can learn more at our Youtube channel.

The Global Social Benefit Fellowship is a richly rewarding yet demanding experience, one that requires a time-intensive, 9-month commitment. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the social enterprise movement. Each Fellow receives a support package to cover all international travel, in-country expenses, and research costs, plus a modest summer stipend. Only Juniors are eligible.

In 2017 Miller Center is piloting the Social Enterprise Practicum. This features action research elements of the GSBF, but with less course-work and only 4 weeks of action research in the field. Sophomores and Juniors are eligible.

Register your interest in the 2018 Global Social Benefit Fellowship and Social Enterprise Practicum

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Announcing the 2017 Global Social Benefit Fellows

We are pleased to introduce you to the 18 Global Social Benefit Fellows and 4 Social Enterprise Practicum students for 2017.


All Across Africa

GSBF, Rwanda

Haley Harada
Major: Finance

Christina Harris
Major: Psychology


GSBF, India

Nithya Vemireddy
Major: Psychology

Taylor Tromburg
Major: Environmental Studies


GSBF, Ghana

Marisa Rudolph
Majors: Environmental Science, Political Science

Benjamin Lampe
Major: Electrical Enginering

Caleb Zatto-Mayher
Majors: Marketing, Communication

Koe Koe Tech

GSBF, Myanmar

Emily Alonso
Major: Communication

Athena Nguyen
Majors: Public Health, Political Science

Esther Bartlett
Major: Bioengineering

Nurture Africa

GBSF, Uganda

Grace Krueger
Major: Biology

William Paton
Major: Bioengineering

Sistema Biobolsa

GSBF, Mexico

Julieta Perales
Majors: Psychology, Spanish

Katelyn Diggs
Major: Environmental Science

Shanti Uganda

GSBF, Uganda

Christine Cremer
Major: Public Health

Maggie May
Major: Bioengineering

Teach A Man To Fish Foundation

GSBF, Uganda

Lauren Oliver
Major: Civil Engineering

Indy Hickman
Major: Management Information Systems

Pollinate Energy

SEP, India

Samantha Parker
Major: Physics

Mira Diwan
Major: Psychobiology

People in Community Organizing

SEP, Rwanda

Martin Riedler
Major: Communication

Kayla Williams
Major: Biology




Course Work

Miller Center teaches social entrepreneurship in partnership with other campus units. In partnership with the University Honors Program, the Center offers Honors 20:  Innovation for Social Justice (fulfills the STS core curriculum requirement). The Center teaches two courses foundational for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, ELSJ 134  Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, and ELSJ 135  Research in Social Entrepreneurship (these fulfill the STS and Experiential Learning for Social Justice core curriculum requirements). In the School of Engineering, in partnership with the Frugal Innovation Lab, Miller Center offers graduate course ENGR 341 Innovation, Design, and Spirituality.


Roundtable Podcasts

Thesis Work

Erika Francks, Environmental Studies, 2017
The Future of Solar Microgrids in Sub-Saharan Africa: How social enterprises can accelerate the spread of renewable energy to off-grid communities

Carson Whisler, Economics, 2017
A Coordinated Approach to Investing in Clean Energy Access

Victoria Yu, Communication
Using the Simulation Operation Belmont to Teach Research Ethics

William Swanson, Political Science, 2016
Assessing Social Impact in Base of the Pyramid Markets.  

Caroline de Bie, Public Health Science 2015
Would Paul Farmer like BanaPads? An Assessment of Social Enterprise as a Women’s Health Intervention.  

Monet Gonnerman, Sociology 2015
Women’s Livelihood Creation and the Affiliation Capability: A Critical Programmatic Analysis.  

Jesse Caemmerer, SCU Political Science 2014
Innovative Microfinance, Technology for Social Justice project.  

Phillip T. Cooke SJ, 2014
Social Entrepreneurship and Jesuit Social Ministries: A New Path of Liberation. A thesis in partial fulfillment of a Sacred Theology Licentiate at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.  

Nikita Agrawal, 2014 Senior Honors Thesis
Cost-effective Health Interventions for Improved Education and Employment: An Integrated Approach to Development  

Jack I. Bird, 2014 Senior Honors Thesis
The Potential of Agroforestry to Reduce Energy Poverty and Environmental Degradation in Rural Zambia  

Ashley Armstrong, 2013 Senior Honors Thesis
The Efficacy of Microfinance in Alleviating Food Insecurity  

Amanda Nelson, 2013 Senior Honors Thesis
Savings and the Poor: A Review of Savings Products Offered by Microfinance Institutions  

Mary Nicole Nienow Birch, 2013 Senior Honors Thesis
Public Health Interventions in the Developing World: An Opportunity for Social Enterprise Involvement