Santa Clara University Faculty

Weaving social entrepreneurship into the DNA of SCU


Miller Center is bringing together our university community and the social enterprise movement. We want Santa Clara University faculty, students, and staff to understand social entrepreneurship and to actively participate in this methodology to foster social justice. We mobilize the resources of the university to collaborate with our social enterprise partners across the world, and draw on their practical experience to engage the university in the global social enterprise movement. Together we want to make Santa Clara University a destination school for social entrepreneurship and impact investment. Our definition of social entrepreneurship can be found here.

Social entrepreneurship is a methodology that uses business skills and strategies to foster social and environmental justice.

In collaboration with faculty, we want to ensure that every student in every SCU school or college can learn social entrepreneurship. In collaboration with faculty, we want to provide at least 10% of all graduating students with opportunities to learn about social entrepreneurship. You can learn more about our plans in “ The road to 500: Miller Center’s campus engagement strategy.”

Engaging and supporting faculty is central to this strategy because with their expertise they can lead research and teaching in partnership with Miller Center. Each fall we have a Call for Research Proposals, offering faculty grants and fellowships to fund investigation into the field of social entrepreneurship, and this year, the deadline is October 15, 2021. Our social entrepreneurship research framework can be found here.

In July 2021, we offered our first faculty innovation workshop to introduce the field of social entrepreneurship, share resources for curriculum development, and co-create meaningful research projects. This workshop was designed on the principle of value exchange: faculty can access substantial resources to integrate social entrepreneurship into their teaching and research, and Miller Center develops a campus network of faculty partners to pursue its strategic goals — all in a spirit of collegiality. The workshop agenda and many teaching resources are available to all. We will offer another workshop in July 2022.

The social enterprise movement is a broad and diverse global movement of innovative social sector leaders that launch and grow enterprises which measure their success by the change they create in marginalized communities.

Our students — indeed, the world — hunger for problem-solving methodologies to persistent global poverty, racial injustice, and climate catastrophe. Social entrepreneurship offers rich intellectual resources for innovative solutions.

Miller Center fuses social entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley innovation and ingenuity, and SCU’s Jesuit values to be part of the solution to ending poverty for the next generation. Join us!