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Social Change

Social Change and Social Entrepreneurship Capstone


Social entrepreneurship is the use of the techniques by start-up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs.

BESP Definition of Social entrepreneurship - Applying practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general.  Source: Schwab Foundation For Entrepreneurship.

Social change refers to any significant alteration over time in behavior patterns and cultural values and norms. By “significant” alteration, sociologists mean changes yielding profound social consequences.

capstone experience is typically defined as follows, "a culminating experience in which students are expected to integrate special studies with the major, and extend, critique, and apply knowledge gained in their major

Purpose of Partnership:

This Capstone initiative is a partnership between Student Life Social Change and the Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program, to advance knowledge, application, and theory development of social entrepreneurship, for up to 16 students who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and abilities as change agents. Students selected from both departments will engage in an intensive experiential learning model and work collaboratively to propose a social enterprise. Students will gain experience in community engagement by attending committee meetings and workshops with professionals who are in the field. From these encounters, students will learn the best practices related to how to navigate the complex systems and layers of working with and alongside community.


Once a month for 90 minutes to debrief on experience and share community engagement best practices.

Length of Capstone: 8-9 weeks of Fall and Spring Semester

Start Date: October 2017


For more information, contact Ashley L. Pryor, Interim Director,