The QF Social Enterprise Fellows headed off on DU’s winter break with a good feeling – they are each excited to start the field portion of their Fellowships as soon as they’re back on campus in January. This year’s field projects will focus on social enterprises in all three sectors: nonprofit, private, and public.
Here’s how the Fellows will be contributing in 2019:
Blue Star Recyclers: Gideon Irving (Sturm College of Law) and Charlee Ottersberg (Daniels College of Business) will help this electronic recycling program that employs people with autism and other disabilities to expand its work to communities around Colorado.
Cornerstone Capital: Dustin Littleton (Daniels College of Business) and Byron Schuldt (Geography, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics) will work with this socially-conscious investment firm to measure the alignment of its investments in meeting the UN Sustainability Goals.
Fort Lyon/State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs: Ellie Adelman (Graduate School of Social Work) and Bryce Anderson-Gregson (Daniels College of Business) will help this transitional housing program for people recovering from addictions to determine how social enterprises can be developed on their Bent County-based campus.
Knotty Tie: Max Mershon (Daniels College of Business) and Hieu Pham (Health Policy, University College) will work to measure social impact for this custom scarf and tie company that sources its materials sustainably and employs refugees.
Mile High Workshop: Tasia Poinsatte (Josef Korbel School of International Studies) and Zach Thanasilangkul (Economics, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) will help this nonprofit job training program to measure its impact on the lives of the people it serves.
Village Exchange Center: Wala’a Buniayan (Morgridge College of Education) and Summer Downs (Josef Korbel School of International Studies) will help this new Aurora-based center for the immigrant and refugee communities to develop a Cultural Exchange Series as a social enterprise to support their programs.