Students looking over a village on a service trip.

Center for Social Impact


Want to be a changemaker?

At our Center for Social Impact, you'll find the opportunities, resources and support you need to become the change you wish to see in the world. The Center serves as a hub of opportunities to help you explore, experience and influence the issues and causes that you care about most. You'll find innovative ways to solve complex social challenges and grow as a leader.


Pathways to Social Impact

Explore all the ways you can make a difference through one or more of our five Pathways to Social Impact. Each pathway provides unique learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, immersion experiences, student organization activities, leadership opportunities and even funding sources.


Signature Events

Students and faculty posing on stage at the Changemaker Challenge.

Changemaker Challenge

A social venture pitch competition where students can win seed funding and mentoring to launch a business, non-profit or project.

Davonte Sanders-Funches presents at TEDx.

TEDxNorthCentralCollege

Alumni, students and faculty share "ideas worth spreading" at this unique, licensed event designed to foster learning, innnovation and wonder.


Student Organizations

A band of students performs at The Union.

The Union

An off-campus, student-run venue for social change.

Students holding a sign saying, "This is a peaceful protest."

Students for Social Innovation

A student coalition for activism, advocacy, and problem-solving.

Students mixing concrete during a BreakAway trip.

BREAKAWAY

Local, national and international student-led alternative break trips.

Students on a city block in Chicago.

Cardinals in Action

Community service and volunteering with local partner organizations.


First Year Programs

Students hiking through a desert.

Cardinal Camps

Pre-orientation adventures for first-year students, including the Social Innovation camp in Chicago and the Leadership Challenge camp in the North Woods.

Students preparing for a mountain-climbing trip.

NCC LEAD

Workshops, retreats and mentoring for first-year students.


Meet the Staff

Jeremy Gudauskas

Assistant Vice President, Co-Director of the Center for Social Impact
630-637-5147
Thomas Cavenagh, JD

Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Values; Professor of Business Law and Conflict Resolution; Director of Leadership, Ethics, and Values
BUS
630-637-5157
Whitney Roberts

Director of Civic Engagement and Social Innovation
Leadership, Ethics & Values
630-637-5251
Abigaile VanHorn

Associate Director of Leadership, Ethics, and Values
PSC
(630) 637-5160