WHO WE ARE – The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College is the first and only one-of-its-kind at a U.S. institution of higher education.
WHY WE EXIST – We take creative, compassionate and sustainable actions to solve social issues.
WHAT WE DO – We see poverty, unemployment and other social challenges as opportunities to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new solutions.
HOW WE DO IT – We engage with a cross-sector of people – students, faculty, staff, and business leaders to feel, think and act in ways that improve the quality of life for our neighbors near and far.
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The YSBC@BC works to:
- Incubate social business and entrepreneurial ideas and concepts into real world examples of social business and social entrepreneurship;
- Ensure that students know they can change the world for the better through the fostering of changemaker skills; capable of taking creative action to address a social problems;
- Promote global social business movement through events, lectures, social media, and publications;
- Partner with existing and new non-profits in the community on projects;
- Provide resources for students and faculty to operationalize social business/social entrepreneurship and to realize that changemaking is the norm;
- Offer microcredit loans for start-up projects;
- Develop curriculum focused on social innovation; and
- Showcase student projects and faculty research.
On May 28, 2015, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Becker College signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus to establish the Yunus Social Business Centre at Becker College.
Becker College is one of a handful of higher education institutions in the world—and the first in the United States—to establish an officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Centre. The College’s Centre will focus on identifying real-world social problems, creating innovative, self-sustaining business solutions to transform lives and communities.
Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, Executive Director for Global Initiatives & the Yunus Social Business Centre, Becker College | firstname.lastname@example.org | 508.373.9593
Office: 56 William Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Mailing address: Yunus Social Business Centre at Becker College | Becker College | 61 Sever Street | Worcester, MA 01609