Influencing the marketplace to drive social change
Builds sustainable and citizen-centric solutions to social problems
Drives creativity using data, technology, capital, and policy
Provides experiential learning with real-world clients
In four years the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation’s GU Impacts fellowship program has sent 98 students to Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda, China, India, the Philippines, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., to work on high-impact projects that are delivering transformative and scalable outcomes for populations. During the eight-month fellowship and 10-week summer project, students immerse themselves in communities, identify local needs and assets, and design innovative solutions to complex problems. Alumni have gone on to careers at the White House, State Department, Peace Corps, IBM, and even started their own organizations. This year, the program increased its fellowships and partnerships by 50 percent.
Michael Bakan’s (B’19) work on public-private infrastructure partnerships with the D.C. Federal City Council explored civic innovation through business. “The Beeck Center has allowed me to apply expansive imagination to social innovation. I’ve worked on projects that rethink the way synergies between public and private entities can drive social change,” he shares.
At El Nido Resorts in the Philippines, Showroop Pokhrel (C’20) learned developmental economics lessons that he will take home to Nepal. “It’s exciting to see my inputs turn into something tangible that will hopefully have a positive impact on the tourism industry, natural environment, and the livelihood of people,” says Pokhrel. “Students become agents of change, not only in their school or in the states, but also around the world.”
The Beeck Center was founded with a visionary, benevolent $10 million gift from Olga Maria (F’81) and Alberto Beeck (Parents’15,’17,’18).
“We are showing students that there are pathways to achieve social impact in every field, whether it be private sector, public service, or nonprofit,”imparts Program Director Matthew Fortier.