Community Impact

Building Local Expertise to Maximize Community Impact

Kravis Lab has developed a program model aimed at both providing our students with an unprecedented learning opportunity and at the same time making a truly substantive impact on the community. The program will have both curricular and co-curricular activities serving two target groups: CMC students and inland Empire non-profit organizations. The three main goals of the program will be to support community organizations to build financial and programmatic resilience, enhance strategic communications, and provide contextual policy education and explore strategies to capitalize on government programs.


How We Support: Disability Ally Training

Sept 26, 2018 – 6:30-8:30p

Disability sometimes makes people uncomfortable and there are assumptions that become barriers to including disability as part of the diversity dialogue. The 4 steps to being a disability ally debunks misconceptions in a safe and open space to challenge stereotypes and reframe perceptions. Interactive activities and conversations open everyone to inclusion in a new way. 

REGISTER HERE. Very limited space

Brittany Dejean, founder of AbleThrive, will lead a disability allyship training to teach individuals and organizations how to empower and advocate for people with diverse abilities. 

AbleThrive  is a one-stop platform for people with disabilities and their families to access curated and customized resources from around the world. For more information:

Brittany Déjean is an award-winning social entrepreneur seeking to enable people with disabilities and change the way the world sees ability.  Brittany, founded AbleThrive, a user-generated, how-to video and information support network that helps people with disabilities adapt their lives. After her father was paralyzed in a car accident, Brittany saw that learning from others facing similar challenges helped her family adapt to their situation, and she envisioned using technology to replicate such support globally for all disabilities. In 2007, she was accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory, where her venture received recognition from Harvard Business School Pitch for Change and Ashoka YouthVenture. A 2008 Harvard University graduate, Brittany also volunteered with disability communities in China and Africa, giving her a sense of the common struggles for people with disabilities across geographic areas. Brittany co-founded and developed, a pilot resource serving the paralysis community, as a side project for seven years, publishing her work in Huffington Post and in disability magazines. In 2013, she left her job as a teacher and coach to devote herself to uniting and empowering a global disability community.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Lewis Family.

Co-sponsored by the Berger Center and the C.A.R.E. Center at CMC.


Equity-Centered Design for Social Justice

Oct 5, 2018 – 9am-12p

What is the role of equity and power in community-centered collaboration? How might we design more equitable communities and systems through the lens of personal and organizational humility-building? In this interactive introductory workshop, participants will learn and apply Equity-Centered Community Design strategies to examine how their own identities shape design and decision-making, and will practice collaboratively co-designing more inclusive and equitable communities. Led by Antoinette Carroll, Founder of Creative Action Lab.

REGISTER HERE Space is limited!

ABOUT Creative Action Lab

Creative Reaction Lab (CRXLAB) is creating a youth-led, community-centered movement and professional pipeline challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health, and government sectors. Through real-world, project-based educational programs, Black and Latinx youth apply a health, racial equity, and design lens to community challenges impacting the quality of life and life expectancy of both races. Changing the way youth (and people in general) address systemic oppression, CRXLAB has pioneered a social justice form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design. CRXLAB’s vision is a world that embraces the humanity, rights, and power of Black and Latinx people.

ABOUT Antoinette

Antionette D. Carroll is founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab. Antionette has worked for nonprofits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. As a former resident of Ferguson, Missouri, the death of Michael Brown Jr. changed her from a typical 9-to-5 graphic designer to a social entrepreneur and equity designer. Antionette was named the founding chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. She is the chair emerita of the task force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and the national Design for Inclusivity Summit. At the local level, she is the president emerita of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference. Antionette sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national nonprofits. She is a TED Fellow, AMEX/Ashoka Emerging Innovator, 4.0 Schools Fellow, and Camelback Ventures Fellow.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Lewis Family.

Co-sponsored by the Berger Center and the C.A.R.E. Center at CMC.



CMC Community Impact Fellowship Application Open

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CMC is creating a year-long Fellowship cohort to support Inland Empire non-profit organizations to go beyond measuring their reach, and actually start measuring the changes they are making in their communities. Often, non-profits provide services and define their impact by how many people they’ve reached. But if they are truly having an impact, the number of people reached does not necessarily reflect how they are improving people’s lives. This Fellowship opportunity will provide support to select non-profits at the executive and support levels to track how they are improving communities and frame a new impact narrative. This 2-pronged approach will build capacity of the select organizations in the following ways:

  1. Executive level – CMC will work with executive leadership (1 member) to establish their unique expertise and to uplift their voices as thought-leaders in their respective sectors in the Inland Empire, regionally and nationwide.
  2. Support level – CMC students with faculty support will engage with the programs arm (1-2 members) of the organization to review and analyze how they measure their program impact and help develop a more robust tracking mechanism.

Fellow representatives are expected to

  • Participate in 3-5 skills-building workshops at CMC
  • Engage with students to review and audit the organization’s impact tracking
  • Work with students to create a robust impact tracking mechanism
  • Meet bi-annually with Fellowship cohort to share best practices, network and explore collaborations

If selected, Executive leader must attend a thought leadership workshop called “Write To Change the World” with The OpEd Project at CMC in either Winter (Sunday, Dec 2) or Spring (date TBD).

Kravis Lab will sponsor the following:

  • All workshop registration fees
  • Student engagement costs
  • A nominal seed fund to implement the impact tracking strategy


  • Organization must be based in and working with constituents in the Inland Empire
  • Must be operating at least 3 years

DEADLINE: NOV 28, 11:59p


This event is co-sponsored by Kravis Lab for Social Impact and the Berger Institute.


Innovations in Wellness

Oct 5, 2018 – 1-3pm

Founders Room Bauer

The first panel of a Wellness Series conceived to take a big picture view of how we can live healthy, productive lives as individuals and promote healthy, harmonious communities. It is organized and sponsored by three of the research institutes on campus— the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children; the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,Lowe Institute of Political Economy, and the Kravis Lab for Social Impact, as part of our role to take the spirit of purposeful inquiry espoused in the classroom and apply it to life writ broadly.

We believe that college, as a time of coming of age, broadening of horizons, and increase in both freedoms and responsibilities, is a good time to reflect on how to chart a course through life and how to set productive habits. We are but one piece of this broader education; other centers and activities on campus also aim to reflect on these same goals. We take a broad view of wellness. This event is intended as a viewing of the topic from one angle among many. 

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This event is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute, Lowe Institute, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Kravis Lab.


The Weird Enough Way: Building Powerful Stories Through Vulnerability

Nov 16, 2018 – 11a-1pm

CARE Center

Multi-award winning social entrepreneur and Forbes 30 Under 30, Tony Weaver will lead a workshop on Friday to discuss building powerful stories through vulnerability. His talk is co-sponsored by the CARE Center and the Center for Writing & Public Discourse. Develop your skills of empathetic storytelling, and learn more about media activism and production.


Be MORE: Breaking Bias

Nov 29, 2018 – FULL

Breaking bias is about building better habits. Most of us have a vague sense that bias exists and that it affects us, but it can feel complex, overwhelming, and out of our control. Combining cutting-edge findings from the natural, social, and contemplative sciences, BE MORE’s interactive methodology builds skills to help your team create a culture where unconscious bias is managed in a generative, open, and honest way.

Co-sponsored by the Berger Center and the C.A.R.E. Center at CMC.