About Kravis Lab for Social Impact

The Kravis Lab for Social Impact emerged in the Fall of 2018 to help CMC students learn valuable skills for success and build their capacity to have a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the globe. The Kravis Lab for Social Impact is supported by trustee Henry R. Kravis ’67 and Marie-Josée Kravis to prepare our students for roles of responsible leadership in the social sector.

The Kravis Lab for Social Impact fulfills three major objectives for CMC. It helps students develop core skills for success in college and in life; teaches students to work with nonprofits to improve lives in local, national, and global communities; and trains students to become social innovators and entrepreneurs who create solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

In 2014, Ashoka U recognized the leadership of the Kravis Leadership Institute and CMC in social innovation and designated the College as a Changemaker Campus. Then in 2016, building on a prior decade of investment in the Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership, Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis generously funded a fully integrated program to promote leadership through social innovation within KLI. Since the summer of 2016, Scott Sherman and Gemma Bulos have provided CMC students with leadership experience in social innovation and entrepreneurship.

This programming incubated in Kravis Leadership Institute from 2017-2018 and became fundamental to inculcating the creativity, collaboration, and courage the world needs from this generation of scholar-leaders. In the fall of 2018, the programs arm of KLI was spun off as a standalone office – Kravis Lab for Social Impact. As a co-curricular program, the Kravis Lab for Social Impact will work in close collaboration with the offices of the Dean of Faculty and Dean of Students.

The Kravis Lab for Social Impact will be housed on the 2nd Floor of Bauer, while the Kravis Leadership Institute will continue to be located on the 4th floor of the Kravis Center and fulfill its mission of supporting and promoting faculty and student research, overseeing leadership education, and offering student internships, workshops, and other academic and experiential opportunities related to leadership.

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