Fostering social change is important to Kelley faculty, staff, and students. For more than 20 years, Kelley has offered programs and courses that encourage students to think broadly about the impact of their work on the world. With the establishment of the Kelley Institute for Social Impact (KISI) in 2010, Kelley has an opportunity to focus on educating students about how they can use their business knowledge to alleviate poverty through work in social entrepreneurship, economic development, and global community building.
The Kelley Institute for Social Impact encourages students to explore issues such as:
- Fair trade
- Foreign aid
With help from corporate sponsors and ideas from passionate Kelley faculty, staff, students, and alumni, KISI will be the hub for developing and promoting curricular and extracurricular educational programs that will enable Kelley students to make the world a better place.
The mission of the institute is to engage students, faculty, professional staff, and corporate partners in fostering positive economic and social change. Drawing on the resources of Indiana University and the KSB, the Institute will offer a unique set of programs and resources related to the areas of international development, community service, and social entrepreneurship. Under these broad categories, more specific topics such as microfinance, fair trade, foreign aid, and service learning will emerge. The Institute for Social Impact will act as a complement to other strong programs at IU and provide curricular and extracurricular opportunities for students to enhance their business education.