Year after year, we continue to be awed with stories of leaders who’ve gone above and beyond in activating and mentoring their students and participating in the DSIC community. Each of you has contributed to the success of your students and their growth as social innovators, and we’d like to recognize and thank you for your engagement!
Outstanding Leadership Award
Winner: Alan Harlam, Dir. of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University
Runner Up: Bizimana Thomas, Lecturer, National University of Rwanda
Alan Harlam is the Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. In that role, he launched the Social Innovation Initiative (SII) that has expanded Brown’s curricular and extra-curricular resources for social entrepreneurs. He teaches the introductory course in Social Entrepreneurship and recently launched Leading Social Ventures to support entrepreneurial students. He has partnered with faculty in several departments to introduce other complementary courses, was the lead advisor to the first Social Innovation independent concentrator, and supported the development of the Social Innovation and Non-Profit Leadership concentration within Brown’s Masters of Public Affairs program. Alan also leads the CV Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, a three-semester program that supports students through the process of launching or growing a social-impact venture with funding, mentoring, and skills development.
A student on Mr. Harlam’s work: “Alan is incredibly supportive of students. He provides amazing advice and is building a culture of social innovation at Brown.”
DSIC Champion Award
Winner: Sami Nerenberg, Dir. of Operations, Design for America
Runner Up: Nadia Auch, Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce, University of San Diego
As Director of Operations of Design for America & Segal Design Institute lecturer at Northwestern University, Sami Nerenberg’s role is to grow the DFA network throughout the country while maintaining consistent project quality & student learning. Sami seeks to organize & empower communities with design as the means of creating change. It is the intersection of design, social impact, & education that consistently fuels her passion.
Design for America (DFA) is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. They teach human centered design to young adults and collaborating community partners through extra-curricular, university based, student led design studios tackling national challenges in Education, Health, Economy and Environment.
Outstanding Activation Award
Winner: Ana Lopez, Dir. of Microbusiness Incubator & Social Entreprenuership, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe
Runner Up: Rama Rao, Dean of the faculty of Economics and Management, National University of Rwanda
Ana is the Director for the Microbusiness Incubator and Social Entrepreneurship at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe. Ana strongly believes that entrepreneurship initiatives with a social sustainable approach can be channeled through specific academic programs and activities, giving students the tools they need to become leaders of positive change. Ana has worked for the Social Development programs at Tecnológico de Monterrey for the last 5 years, creating spaces for students to use their knowledge in different ways to attend on the urgent social needs of her country. Ana has a Bachelor in Communication Sciences from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Congratulations Alan, Sami, and Ana, and thank you to all the University Partners for engaging with the Dell Social Innovation Challenge this past year! It is leaders like you who inspire students and encourage them to pursue their dreams.