By Loreana Lonigro
The Social Impact Lab at Lynn has introduced service by connecting the university and the community through student-focused social impact, set to officially further its goals in its new location in the upcoming student center.
The Social Impact Lab is a key role in the university for both the Lynn 2020 plan and the recently announced Lynn 2025 plan.
Serving as the latest program addition to Lynn, the Social Impact Lab is an initiative focused on establishing an environment of philanthropy. By germinating the perfect atmosphere for positive social impact and experiential learning, individuals within this program are given the opportunity to connect as young professionals and entrepreneurs on a global scale.
“We’re bringing a whole new field of social impact to Lynn. We’re not only going to be part of the movement, we’re going to define it,” said Jerry Hildebrand, director of the Social Impact Lab.
Opportunities offered by the Social Impact Lab include student internships inclusive to all majors, as well as global opportunities that provide experiential learning through start-up and advanced sustainable businesses. The Lab provides both paid and volunteer experiential learning spaces for students to grow.
“We are here for students who want to make a positive difference in the world. The programs and courses that we offer are focused on giving individuals the agency to do work that truly matters,” said Erina McWilliam Lopez, associate director of the Social Impact Lab.
As the student center nears its unveiling in 2019, the Lab continues to work with students, partnering up with local and global organizations. The third floor, designed specifically to promote social impact, will have spaces where students are encouraged to brainstorm, interact and be guided on sustainability and other projects.
The future plans of the Social Impact Lab will continue to expand as students, faculty, the community and the globe work together to activate the true power of social impact in Lynn students.
The team is currently located on the first floor of the International Business Center. Their Snyder Idea Lab is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and students are welcome to come ask questions or join the team at any time. For more information on how to get involved, individuals can contact Director Hildebrand at firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Director McWilliam-Lopez at EMcWilliamLopez@lynn.edu.