Dominican Republic

The Social Enterprise Institute will be traveling with 10-12 students to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to better understand the difficulties and struggles that Haitians face everyday in the communities. Puerto Plata is known for it’s beautiful beaches and amazing resorts; nonetheless, there is a large community of displaced Haitians living undocumented because of a change in the Dominican Constitution. Our partner organization, Project Esperanza, mainly works with Haitian’s living in bateyes and helps provide Haitian-Dominicans access to education, social aid, and empowerment.

Our role in Puerto Plata will mainly consist of working with the children and working on different community-based projects. Some of them include: recycling with the local school, the creation of a Cacao Garden, and other educational activities.  This year there will also possibly be the opportunity to strengthen education technology in local primary schools. Students will have a chance to really engage with the community for a week, while also getting to know the culture and fun places of DR!

Cost: Approximately $600-$700*

*SEI will be offering scholarships for students who may be interested but cannot afford the cost.

Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is NOT required.

Questions? Email Katie Powers at:


ENTR4506: Advanced Studies in Social Enterprise (Capstone)

Advanced Studies in Social Enterprise is a seminar taught every other spring that explores difficult questions around social enterprise effectiveness and scalability. The ability to monitor and measure social impact using mixed methods is the core learning objective of this class, which is tested through the execution of a final team project. The course adopts a multidisciplinary, multi-media approach to learning, including case studies, design thinking methods, and impact measurement tools to investigate the impact of different social enterprises at home and abroad.

The applied aspect of the course is a field study to the mountains and valleys of Appalachia where students work closely with a wide range of social enterprises on tackling the inextricable challenges of poverty, employment, and sustainable development (read a student’s blog post from this experience here).