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Inspire Change

At Simon, you'll find a variety of programs and opportunities for you to apply your business acumen toward critical issues in the community. Whether by volunteering for important causes, promoting socially responsible business, or forming organizations to combat urban issues, the power to impact society is always within your grasp. The Office of Student Engagement can help you get involved with existing initiatives or assist you with launching your own project.

Simon Volunteers

Simon student club Simon Volunteers working at a shelter - 340 x 266

Simon Volunteers builds character in MBA students while building goodwill in the community. Our goal is to instill a social conscience that you’ll take with you throughout your professional career, all while creating positive impact that will be felt across the greater Rochester area. Annual events include: The Secret Santa Program, Rochester City School Literacy and Math Program, Rochester Children’s Scholarship Fund, Mentoring Program, Earth Week Clean-Up, Breast Cancer Walk, and food and clothing drives. Community engagement is a big part of the Simon culture. Explore the photo gallery to find out how our students are making a difference.

Net Impact

Net Impact - 20 Simon students, male and female, dressed in business suits standing on the stairs outside of the World Bank Group building - 340 x 266

Simon Net Impact is an organization of new-generation leaders empowering businesses to act for the greater social, economic, and environmental good. Connecting you to a network of over 13,000 students and young professionals, Net Impact offers programs that empower businesses to balance purpose with profitability through sustainable and socially responsible practices. Get more information about Net Impact.

Practicum in Urban Entrepreneurship

Simon students (three women) winning the Finger Lakes startup business competition for Social and non-profit companies - 340 x 266

Our Practicum in Urban Entrepreneurship gives students the opportunity to apply core business principles to issues faced by the local community. Through the program, Simon MBAs apply their understanding of business tactics and market-efficient forces to:

  • Boost job creation
  • Increase access to capital
  • Promote business growth
  • Develop residential and retail properties
  • Effectively deliver public health services

Hult Prize

Hult Prize - The Next Wave of Social Entrepreneurs - Simon male and female students who competed in the 2016 Hult Competition at Simon Business School presenting to an audience - 340 x 300

Simon recently hosted the Hult Prize regional competition for the first time in the University of Rochester's history. Hult Prize campus director, Graduate Business Council president, and 2017 MBA candidate Sebastian "Seba" Nsanzugwanko oversaw this event, which served as one of over 100 competitions globally. Nineteen University of Rochester students submitted ideas for sustainable, scalable start-up enterprises designed to ease the plight of refugees worldwide. Ten University of Rochester teams competed on site.

 
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