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Teaching Students to Be Social Change Agents Through Social Entrepreneurship

Wendy Andberg (Walden University, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Leadership, Values and Society
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 6

Higher education can drive social entrepreneurship, resulting in positive social change, if we create the culture to support teaching these concepts and skills.

Extended Abstract

Social entrepreneurship is a vehicle for moving beyond social change to widespread social transformation at the root cause and systemic level, of the biggest and most intransigent problems of the world. We can teach our students to become social entrepreneurs, in order that they may contribute to creating a just, sustainable, and peaceful world, through innovation; citizen engagement; partnerships and multi-sector coalitions among social justice organizations; and public policy. In this discussion, we will discover what successful social entrepreneurship and innovation look like, trends in employment sectors, and the identification of skills for career paths. Also, we will learn how this can be achieved in online universities, through creating a supportive and innovative culture of courses, residencies, capstone research, and other programs and services.

Learning Objectives
- Explain social entrepreneurship & innovation as vehicles for social change
- Assess and describe student and alumni examples of effective social entrepreneurship
- Examine the intersection of social entrepreneurship with social justice, social equity, and democracy
- Consider trends in employment/sectors for social entrepreneurs
- Identify examples for using skills in career path
- Identify ways in which this concept and these skills can be integrated into university programs

Learning Outcomes
Participants will examine challenges and best practices of education in social entrepreneurship and innovation, in a largely online university, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, with adult students throughout the world, a diverse student body, and in a for-profit university.

Learning Activities
- Presenter will: (b) provide examples of social entrepreneurship and innovation as means of effecting positive social change and (b) present skills, employment sectors, and career trends as faculty resources for students (35 min.)

- Participants will share ideas for strategies for incorporating social entrepreneurship and innovation in teaching, research, capstones, service, and consulting by learning from and partnering with one another. (10 min.)

Lead Presenter

Dr. Andberg earned her doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration, focusing on higher education law, and has an M.A. in Family Social Science, and a B.A. in Anthropology, all from the University of Minnesota. Additional professional education has included the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College, PA. She is the recipient of numerous leadership and service awards, including The Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship.

Dr. Andberg has taught and served as an administrator in both online and traditional universities. She is currently a core faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Walden University, and serves as Lead, University Ph.D. Research Review, with administrative and development responsibilities.

She has held key positions in nonprofits and educational institutions, and co-founded and owns two for-profit companies. Also, as the owner and key consultant in Andberg & Associates, she has 30 yearsÕ experience in building and leading programs and organizations in private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including education, philanthropy, and faith communities, and international, multi-billion dollar operations. Her teaching, research, consulting, and service have focused on leadership and organizational development; social entrepreneurship and innovation; nonprofit management and law; multicultural and international programs; planning and policy development; needs assessment and evaluation; and public education and advocacy.