Action Research for Social Justice
Total Action Research Projects
Action Research with Social Enterprises
Miller Center accelerates leadership by providing students with opportunities to learn and work with social entrepreneurs on the front lines of poverty eradication and sustainable development in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. The Miller Center Lewis Family Fellowship is a fully-funded summer field experience along with two-quarters of classwork and academic research for Santa Clara University junior-level students.
The action research model of our fellowship simultaneously supports rigorous, transformative undergraduate student learning and the scaling of social enterprises in developing countries that participate in our world-class accelerator programs. Action research is a practice-led approach that emphasizes learning from working with social enterprises. This provides a robust value exchange between students and social enterprises.
Ashoka U awarded our fellowship the Cordes Innovation Award in Academic Student Learning for 2017. This is the most prestigious award in social enterprise higher education.
Projects for 2022
To reduce Baltimore’s racial wealth divide by teaching and accompanying members of disinvested communities to build and own successful social enterprises.
Provide functioning bio-toilets in places where toilets are rare and facilities are bare
Empowering rural Nepali communities to thrive
To nurture the mental, physical and emotional growth of vulnerable youth
Contribute to the wellbeing of artisans by integrating their traditional work with innovative products & channels that generate regular & fair job opportunities
Solageo empowers local entrepreneurs to expand solar energy and safe water access.
Business for Health Solutions
Increase healthcare access for communities in Africa by building the capacity of local healthcare enterprises.
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Honors Thesis Work
Pathways to Accelerate Social Enterprises that use Mobile Information Communication Technology
Social Enterprise Acceleration Services for Sub-Saharan African Health: Positive Impacts of New Program Innovations
Understanding Sanitation Preferences: A Human Centered Approach to Tackling India’s Open Defecation Crisis
Women’s Agency for Ghanaian Agricultural Development
The Future of Solar Microgrids in Sub-Saharan Africa: How social enterprises can accelerate the spread of renewable energy to off-grid communities
Would Paul Farmer like BanaPads? An Assessment of Social Enterprise as a Women’s Health Intervention
Women’s Livelihood Creation and the Affiliation Capability: A Critical Programmatic Analysis
Jesse Caemmerer, SCU Political Science, 2014
Social Entrepreneurship and Jesuit Social Ministries: A New Path of Liberation. A thesis in partial fulfillment of a Sacred Theology Licentiate at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Cost-effective Health Interventions for Improved Education and Employment: An Integrated Approach to Development
The Potential of Agroforestry to Reduce Energy Poverty and Environmental Degradation in Rural Zambia
Savings and the Poor: A Review of Savings Products Offered by Microfinance Institutions
Public Health Interventions in the Developing World: An Opportunity for Social Enterprise Involvement
Women Who Dare: Success Factors for Women Sales Agents of Solar Products in Tanzania
Microcredit 3.0: The Potential of Financing Business Assets for Financially Excluded Entrepreneurs
Are you ready to take the next step?
These fellows have been selected to conduct practical research commissioned by Miller Center’s family of social enterprises and select partners.