Fostering social change is important to Kelley faculty, staff, and students. For 25 years, Kelley has offered programs and courses that encourage students to think broadly about the impact of their work on the local community and the world. With the establishment of the Institute for Social Impact 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 community service.
The Kelley Institute for Social Impact, also called KISI, encourages students to explore issues such as:
- Social entrepreneurship
- Fair trade
- Domestic and foreign aid
With help from corporate sponsors and ideas from passionate Kelley students, staff, faculty, and alumni, KISI is the hub for developing and promoting curricular and extracurricular educational programs that enable Kelley students to make the world a better place.
The Institute for Social Impact’s vision is to build a community of courageous business leaders actively engaged in having a positive and sustainable impact on social and economic justice and global prosperity.
The Institute for Social Impact’s mission is to bridge business education with strategies to alleviate poverty through work in social entrepreneurship, economic development, and community service.
The Institute engages stakeholders in fostering positive economic and social change. Drawing on the resources of Indiana University and the Kelley School of Business, the Institute offers 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 emerge. The Institute for Social Impact acts as a complement to other strong programs at IU and provides curricular and extracurricular opportunities for students to enhance their business education through experiential learning in local, U.S.-based, and international settings.