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Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette University
Igniting Innovation
January 2014

Social Innovation at Marquette updates
Be a Champion for Change Looks like we have a "slam dunk" for the Social Innovation Initiative! It's college basketball season, and Marquette will recognize our community Champions for Change at upcoming Big East home games - beginning Jan. 11th. Watch the Jumbotron for social innovations such as the human-powered nebulizer which was named in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's list of "Big Ideas" for 2013.

As a distinguished Changemaker Campus, Marquette entrepreneurial faculty, students, and administrators will convene at the Ashoka U Exchange in Feb. 650 individuals representing over 150 institutions from 40 countries will come together to share action-oriented best practices on how to foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation in higher education.

More impact in action.

Featured video - H20score
Social Innovation Featured Video Operating out of the Global Water Center, water technology startup, H2Oscore is a socially innovative business that generates revenue through fostering water conservation. H2Oscore was founded by associate professor, McGee Young (named Milwaukee Business Journal "40 Under 40"), and was part of the Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator (GFSA).

Featured event - Fellowships in Social Innovation
Fellowships in Social Innovation Have you considered growing your skill set, expanding your network, and receiving funding and mentors through a fellowship in social innovation?

Kiva Fellowship apps due 1/26/2014
Global Health Corps Fellowship apps due 1/26/2014
Venture for America apps due 2/17/2014
Lend for America apps due 3/30/2014
Emzingo Group NexGen Fellowship Program
Nourish International Goldstein Fellowship
Social Entrepreneur Corps apps rolling
Echoing Green Work on Purpose
50 + Fellowship Programs for Social Innovators

Changemaker Spotlight - Dr. William (Bill) Henk
Dr. William Henk Dean and Professor, College of Education What Social Innovation means to Dean Henk: It never occurred to me that some of my work qualified as Social Innovation until I started reading about the movement when it first took hold at Marquette. I discovered that I'm actually a "Social Intrapreneur," someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who works for social change and justice within a large organization.

My first major work in SI involved cofounding the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium (GMCEC), a partnership that brings all five of the Catholic institutions of higher education within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee together to assist our P-12 Catholic schools. In five or so years of operation, GMCEC has exerted a tremendous impact, especially in the area of professional development for educators.

Hopes for the Social Innovation Initiative:
My hope is that SI will become part of the basic fabric of Marquette students’ thinking, including the College of Education (COED) but we’re not there yet. Some of our doctoral and master’s level students grasp how inherently mission-centric this work can be, but developing these sensitivities in our undergraduates will take some doing, because they are so deeply focused on acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and dispositions of teachers. As the landscape for education changes, though, calling for new ways of instructing and learning, fresh and forward thinking by classroom professionals will become essential.

Recent Social Innovation in the MU COED
More recently, I’ve worked as a coprincipal investigator on the feasibility study for a Cristo Rey high school in Milwaukee. If the school is found to be viable, some 400 deserving students of color will receive a high quality, college preparatory, faith-based education that includes a unique and intensive corporate work study experience. Marquette is the first university in the country to sponsor such a study for the Cristo Rey Network, and it’s exciting that the COED can claim this precedent. For me, this work has been tremendously gratifying, because it’s been a unified effort across the university, and it makes our engagement with the community unmistakable.

Also, the Behavior Clinic at Penfield (which helps very young children with emotional and behavioral issues and their families) and the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center (which helps at-risk elementary school-aged readers) both represent outstanding long-term and ongoing examples of SI as well.


Dean Henk Fun Fact: I’m a former college basketball player and rock band member who plays guitar and piano, writes original music, and most of all, enjoys spending time with my wife, daughter, and our pets.


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Wise Words

"The idea of “social entrepreneurship” has struck a responsive chord. It is a phrase well suited to our times. It combines the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination commonly associated with, for instance, the high-tech pioneers of Silicon Valley. The time is certainly ripe for entrepreneurial approaches to social problems."

- Honoring the legacy of J. Gregory Dees,

Founding faculty Director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Education (CASE) at Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Excerpt from The Meaning of "Social Entrepreneurship"



Jan. 11th
Champion for Change, Humanoid Robotics, recognized court side during men's basketball game

Jan. 21th Open House


Jan. 25th
Champion for Change, H20score, recognized court side during men's basketball game.


Jan. 30th
Champion for Change, Countries Without Cavities, recognized court side during men's basketball game.

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