Collaborating across disciplines to solve today’s most pressing social challenges.
Through UB's Social Impact Fellows program, students from the School of Management, School of Social Work and College of Arts and Sciences spend the summer learning about and creating social innovation in Western New York. Presented in collaboration with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at UB, the program brings together MBA, MSW and College of Arts and Sciences graduate students for an internship at a mission-driven organization, where they collaborate to address pressing social issues and make an impact.
The program has received philanthropic support from the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Family Foundation, the School of Management Alumni Association, the UB President’s Circle and several generous alumni and friends of the university.
Be part of the 2019 Social Impact Fellows program. Applications for students and partner organizations are now open.
Applications are due Feb. 1, 2019. To apply, visit tinyurl.com/SIF-Student-2019.
For questions about the student application process, contact Hadar Borden, program director, Blackstone LaunchPad, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-645-8111.
Organization proposals are due Jan. 16. To apply, visit tinyurl.com/SIF-Org-RFP-2019.
For questions about the host organization process, contact Maureen Hammett, vice dean and chief of staff, School of Social Work, at email@example.com or 716-645-9113.
During the second year of the program, 22 fellows helped their partner organizations enhance business performance and address gaps to better serve and strengthen their communities. For the first time, three teams included a graduate student researcher from the UB College of Arts and Sciences, who provided additional context to help ensure their solution was sustainable.
The Social Impact Fellows program prepares students to address societal issues using principles of entrepreneurship and sustainable social innovation.
Across the globe, social innovation is rapidly growing, as companies, nonprofits and governments partner to tackle sweeping challenges. That's the spirit that guides the Social Impact Fellows program — and provides great benefits for each stakeholder.
"The pairing of MSW and MBA students was exactly what we needed to create a plan that was person-centered, fiscally responsible and sustainable."
— Sandra Lauer, Director, Continuum of Care, Erie County Medical Center
“The students created a comprehensive program based on a solid foundation of research that has the potential to help youth aging out of foster care find and afford stable housing, support their educational and financial goals, and help set them up for a self-sufficient future. We were so impressed with their professionalism, initiative and how well they worked as a team, while each bringing their specific strengths to the work."
— Amanda Wilton, Housing and Financial Coach, Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York