Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

Box Out the Barriers to Girls’ Education

Room to Read Chapter

It is a cold day, October 10th, 2014, a typical Friday afternoon, as students wander back from their class or head to lunch. In the West Village Quad, there is slightly more movement than usual. One-by-one, a number of black cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes are stacked on a table in the middle […]

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One-on-One Coaching with 8th Grade Academy


For the 4th year in a row, Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) is partnering with Citizen Schools. As a part of the 8th Grade Academy (8GA) Writing Coach Program, Northeastern students volunteer their time to serve as mentors to 8th graders from Orchard Gardens K-8 Public School in Roxbury. This year, we have 26 SEI […]

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Building a Better Future through BuildOn

BuildOn Logo

Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner in Boston held by an organization called BuildOn.  I sat with its founder and CEO, Jim Ziolkowski, and during the evening met numerous students from Boston’s inner city schools who were on their way to Malawi to build a school.  This diverse group […]

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Reflections on PlaNet Finance


My experience in the Dominican Republic with Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute allowed me to interact with bottom of the pyramid microentrepreneurs and understand how their needs are being met by microfinance institutions.” That was me about nine months ago, interviewing for a co-op position at PlaNet Finance in Paris. I was asked to explain why I […]

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Alicia Keys' 'We Are Here' Movement

Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting 2011

By Pro­fes­sor Dennis Shaughnessy  In speaking with college students every day around campus, I’m always so impressed by the many passionate young people who are deeply interested in issues of social and economic justice.  Many of these committed young people are also very frustrated by the absence of accessible opportunities to advance their ideas into meaningful action. In […]

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A look into South African entrepreneurship


In July 2014, a group of 39 undergraduate students traveled to Cape Town, South Africa as part of an intensive five-week field study in social entrepreneurship. We partnered with the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), a non-profit college in Cape Town that strives to educate the next generation of business leaders through innovative and […]

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