Category Special Focus: Business Education, Global Social Entrepreneurship (Global SE)
2011 Heiskell Award Winner: Internationalizing the Campus
Nomination submitted by: Amyaz A. Moledina, Co-director of Center for Diversity and Global Engagement
The idea for Global SE at Wooster College began, appropriately for an entrepreneurship program, as a business plan. In 2009, students, faculty, staff and alumni collaborated to design an innovative program that would reach all majors, specifically in under-represented fields like business.
Global SE has two components: an on-campus seminar held in Wooster, Ohio and a six-week experiential-learning consultancy with social enterprises in Bangalore, India. Students and faculty design a problems-based curriculum, which is then studied from each student's disciplinary perspective, as well as through the lens of the social enterprise they work for.
Program participants have already gone on to effect change: one staff member started her own initiative providing locally raised greens in Cleveland's urban "food deserts." A student now works with children using narratives and photography to increase environmental awareness in rural Rajisthan. Another has strengthened her own nonprofit in Ghana using the evaluation methodology devised in India. Global SE is recognized for its success in designing a model to promote, as the program puts it, "global citizenship and entrepreneurship for the global good."