WIN at Wheaton
Wheaton helps students become social entrepreneurs, putting ideas into action to improve the world and as a way to learn about leadership.
Wheaton Innovates Now encompasses a range of programs, partnerships and resources that are designed to help students develop their ideas for helping others and the skills to realize their vision.
The college’s Social Entrepreneur in Residence Marcia Coné advises student entrepreneurs on an individual basis as well as providing guidance to Wheaton’s Social Entrepreneurship Club and other student organizations working to effect change on campus and beyond.
To build entrepreneurial endeavors, Wheaton students can attend the Summer Institute for Social Entrepreneurship, which is offered during the month of June on campus in collaboration with the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (www.gcsen.com/). The institute includes general skill-building for entrepreneurs along with personalized counseling from a team of experts.
Wheaton students also can experience what it takes to build a successful business through the college’s partnership with Mass Challenge, the world’s largest startup incubator. During the summer, a team of students from the college, under the guidance of faculty, provide a range of services—from marketing and social media promotion to data analysis—to emerging startups in residency at Mass Challenge.
Wheaton students also partner with faculty members, including President Dennis Hanno, to deliver seminars on leadership and innovation in Rwanda and Ghana. These programs, which were launched by President Hanno more than 15 years ago, seek to encourage social entrepreneurship and innovation among high school students in Africa.
The college also is reaching out to high school students in the U.S. to encourage innovative thinking among teens. Through the Discover@Wheaton summer college program, Wheaton faculty offer a three-week session on Innovation and Leadership each July. That program draws high school students from around the country.
Locally, Wheaton faculty and students run a one-day WheaLead forum on leadership and social entrepreneurship that draws participants from high schools in eastern Massachusetts and around New England.