In September, Miller Center moved into its new home on the fourth floor of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation at Santa Clara University, and celebrated our space by hosting several open houses the week of October 11. Here you see we hosted about 30 faculty representing a diversity of departments on October 12, including Sally Wood of Electrical Engineering, Julia Voss, Heather Turner, and Stephen Carroll of English, Kumar Sarangee of Marketing, and Chris Bacon and Leslie Gray of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Our informal conversations included advancing social entrepreneurship education on campus. Among the wonderful features of our new home is our 75-foot long balcony, with an inspiring view of the Diablo Range.
On October 13, we hosted university staff from all manner of work units, with a special outreach to staff working with the science and engineering departments in the Sobrato Campus building. We took advantage of this gathering to share with our new neighbors a bit about our mission and work. Also joining us were Joanna Thompson, the Director of the Office for Multicultural Learning, and Ray Plaza of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Both Joanna and Ray have led workshops with our team to help us deepen our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion over the past year. It was great to host them in person!
Students were the focus of our third open house, with Miller Center Fellows, Miller Center Interns, and students who have taken social entrepreneurship classes supported by Miller Center. Spencer Arnold organized a “spin to win” game, with the winners landing Miller Center T-shirts, Miller Center cellphone cardholders, social entrepreneurship books, and merchandise from our social enterprise partners. A special shout out to Stacey Sauber and Lydia Hultquist who organized these events as part of the Sobrato Campus week of celebration!
Photos by Eli Latimerlo, Miller Center’s Senior Director, Business Development