Social Impact Live

Social Impact LIVE! is a weekly online variety show highlighting the people and programs of the Center for Social Impact. Listen in and/or join the conversation as we hear compelling stories from students (past, present and future), community partners, staff and faculty, all working to make a positive difference in a world filled with complex challenges. Each week we highlight a specific opportunity, organization, or topic that will inform and inspire you to grow as a “changemaker,” while connecting virtually with real human beings!  Join us every Wednesday at 1pm on Zoom!


*Make sure to follow us on instagram (@ncsocialimpact) for daily updates on all things Center for Social Impact!


May 20 @ 1pm  -  Get Dollars, Make Change

It’s the Changemaker Challenge, our annual pitch competition for social impact ideas.  We’re excited to announce, for the first time, this year’s new recipients – each will receive funding and support to launch their social venture. Recipients will join us live to share about their projects, and we’ll also have special guest appearances by Changemaker Challenge alumni recipients.  Learn about their inspiring work, and how you can access funding through the Center for Social Impact.


May 27 @ 1pm – Designing for Social Impact

How can good design principles lead to better solutions to social challenges? Join us to hear from student leaders in the campus group called Students for Social Innovation about their past efforts and future plans, and recent examples from students in a course called “Design Thinking for Social Impact” (LEAD 100), who partnered with community organizations to tackle real community challenges. We’ll introduce you to the powerful process of “human-centered design,” and you’ll learn how it is transforming the social sector, and why it is needed now more than ever in a COVID-19 world.


June 3 @ 1pm – Major (and Minor) Decisions: What should I study to change the world?

Any degree program at North Central can prepare you for a meaningful life and career. If social impact is your goal, you’ll want to hear first-hand from students who have chosen unique academic programs like Social Entrepreneurship, Ethical Leadership, Social Innovation, and Conflict Resolution through the Leadership, Ethics and Values program.  Explore these academic majors, minors, or concentrations that will prepare you for a life of purpose in a variety of contexts and careers.


June 10 @ 1pm – BREAKAWAY From Your Comfort Zone

“That trip changed my life.” It’s a relatively common statement that students make after returning from a domestic or international service immersion trip with the student organization BREAKAWAY.  While immersive travel experiences will be limited for the foreseeable future, join us to hear students tell stories and share pictures from recent trips, and discuss BREAKAWAY’s plans to pivot their efforts to learn and serve while in the COVID era.


June 17 @ 1pm  – Ideas Worth Spreading: TEDxNorthCentralCollege

Everybody loves a good TED talk. Not everybody gets to give one, or experience the magic of a live event. For the last five years, TEDxNorthCentralCollege has invited alumni, students, faculty and staff to share their unique ideas and experiences on stage in our licensed TEDx campus event. Join us to hear past speakers and attendees share about their experiences, and learn about the next TEDxNorthCentralCollege event theme - “…”


June 24 @ 1pm  – "Re-Union": 15 Years of Music that Matters

Music and social impact have been sharing the stage for 15 years through The Union, North Central’s unique student-run venue. 2020 marks a milestone anniversary, so we’re throwing a virtual party and inviting dozens of Union student-leaders and fans, past and present, to share their favorite memories and the impact that The Union has had on their life and career.  Join us “backstage” to reminisce, while also looking ahead to how The Union can continue its mission in the coming year.


July 1 @ 1pm – Let's Talk Changemaking

“Changemaker” is a term you’ll hear on campus to describe North Central students who are living out our College mission as “curious, engaged, ethical and purposeful citizens and leaders.” North Central is one of only 50 campuses in the world to receive the prestigious designation as a “Changemaker Campus” by Ashoka U, the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs. In this discussion, in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, you’ll learn more about a recent Ashoka-funded project focused on “Dialogue Across Differences.” Hear how you can engage in campus conversations around difficult topics ways that are healthy, respectful, and productive - even when opinions collide.


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