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, Gemma Bulos has 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 spun off as a standalone office – Kravis Lab for Social Impact. As a co-curricular program, the Kravis Lab for Social Impact works in close collaboration with the Dean of Students. In 2022, Vernon C. Grigg came on board as Executive Director to drive the next evolution of Kravis Lab to prepare our students for the changing times. 

The Kravis Lab for Social Impact is housed in MOD B in Centre Court between Bauer Center and Roberts Pavilion across from Parent’s Field, 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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