UNC Social Innovation Program Coordinator at CUBE reminisces about the days at the Y as a student.

San Francisco event gets alumni thinking about the future of social innovation.

Patrick enters a semester-long accelerator for student innovators, leaders, & entrepreneurs.

Iconic writer, NC native, and UNC alumni received an honorary Doctor of Letters.

Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence talks about his year mentoring CUBE ventures.

Students, staff, family members, & community partners gathered to acknowledge the year's accomplishments.

Get an intro to the NC Social Entrepreneurship competition on September 9, 2014. Find out how to get involved!

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The Campus Y kicked off its 2014-15 global civic engagement speaker series with an event featuring speeches by Nourish UNC leader Maggie Latta and UNC's Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer, Dr. Ron Strauss, on September 17 in the Anne Queen Lounge. The series, funded in part by the Carolina Parents' Council, is designed to help Carolina students improve on the design, delivery, and measurement of their global service projects, and help them integrate global experiences back into campus life -- inside and outside the classroom.

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“Rocketship’s mission is to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime, and that is exactly what I hope to accomplish… I will not rest until every child in our country can attend a great elementary school and beyond.” ~ Preston Smith

Preston Smith (’01) always had big ideas for transforming education. His passion stemmed from his interest in social justice, which he developed during his time as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “I learned a ton about myself—past, present, and future—got to see a whole new side of the country, traveling extensively on the East Coast, and became deeply centered on social justice, which was a significant detour from my original passion of political science and law.”

He is the co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education—a San Jose, California, based blended charter school system. It is currently the highest performing low-income school system in California and aims to eliminate the achievement gap within one generation. “If we can figure out how to integrate technology, curricula, tutors, books, online programs, and much, much more in a manner that increases the optimal learning zone for kids—that is when we will see dramatic gains for students,” says Smith. Smith is rethinking elementary education from the ground up.

Social entrepreneurs tend to operate outside the lines -- defying corporate convention or government gridlock to create solutions that change the world. Our Social Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at CUBE do just that.

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This September, Earl Martin Phalen, one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs and education reformers, will come for a one-year residency to Carolina to help UNC-Chapel Hill’s social entrepreneurs maximize their potential to impact the world. 

Each year, the Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence (SEiR) based at the CUBE provides real-world, practical experience, counseling students, faculty, and staff from across the university.

Phalen has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to expanding the life opportunities of children through learning and academic engagement. His organizations have made such significant transformative changes to educate children and youth across the country that President Obama has even modeled federal legislation after his summer learning program. He is a three-time recipient of Fast Company's Social Capitalist Award and has been awarded the President's Service Award by President Clinton. Recognized for his exceptional contributions in the education sector, he has been selected as a fellow at AshokaEchoing Green, and Mind Trust and was featured in MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, ABC News, the story cover of Time Magazine, BET, and TEDx. We feel extremely fortunate to have Phalen working with our teams and advising CUBE on strategy this year.


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