Social Impact, Entrepreneurship, & Design
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Level: Graduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: UTNS 5101
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Design Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Civic Engagement
This university-wide studio and seminar provides students with the opportunity to develop or expand their ideas that seek to address social and environmental challenges and create actionable plans to move them forward. For students from across divisions, the course is meant to support you through a process of discovery, ideation, prototyping, and user testing, as you develop your ideas. In addition, expert-led workshops introduce diverse topics that will expose students to the critical skills and knowledge needed to develop entrepreneurial ideas for social good. These ideas may take the form of new products and services, strategies, and systems (non-profit or for-profit) structured independently or within existing organizations. Faculty and external guests will help you understand how your ideas can achieve socially just and sustainable outcomes. As part of the course deliverables, you will be required to draft an application for future use in the university’s New Challenge or Green Fund, or other outside fellowships and competitions such as Dell’s Social Innovation Challenge. Graduate and upper-level undergraduate (with permission) students may sign up as individuals or in teams!
To ensure a cross-divisional diversity in the students enrolled, all registrations will need to be pre-approved by the faculty. Please email Michele Kahane ( and Cynthia Lawson ( to express interest and request permission.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Graduate students.