Student Groups

The social innovation scene at Brown is vibrant and constantly evolving.  SII is only one of several forums by which students have sought to organize, discuss, and collaborate around our world's most pressing issues.  

Here are a few of the student groups that support and connect social entrepreneurs:

Social Action House 

The Social Action House is "a community of students who discuss, collaborate, and act on projects and programs of social activism at Brown, in Providence, and the world."  Created in 2012 by a group of 20 students, the house was created as a "common hub" for students involved in service projects.  It has since actively strived to build an open and inclusive dialogue in an effort to stitch together the divisions of Brown's social action community.

A Better World by Design (BWxD)

Each year, Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions re-frame perspectives. Better World is an immersive experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to engage our communities and sustain our environment.

Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development (SEEED Summit)

SEEED at Brown is a community of students, practitioners, academics, andother social enterprise ecosystem builders that focuses on the entire socialenterprise ecosystem to create an environment where social enterprises cangrow and thrive.  It, along with SVPRI and SII, brings together hundreds of social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, academics and students who see the potential of the social enterprise sector for economic development.

Design for America (DFA)

Design for America is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. We teach human centered design to young adults and collaborating community partners through extra-curricular, university based, student led design studios tackling national challenges in Education, Health, Economy and Environment.

Development Studies Department Undergraduate Group (DS DUG)

The DS DUG is an organization led by undergraduate DS concentrators serving the dual purpose of organizing DS-related campus-wide events and advocating for increased university resources to continue the expansion of the DS program.

In recent years, the DS DUG has organized debates, comparative panels, peer academic advising forums, student-faculty socials and mentoring for graduate and career opportunities in development.

Accomplishments of the DS DUG’s campus outreach and advocacy include the expansion of both faculty and course selections (among these the creation of "Tools for Development"), including the permanent creation of the DS Program Director position and DS-specific courses in methodology, economics and a sophomore seminar.