Community Involvement

The Center for Peace and Commerce welcomes participation from community members and students to support the creation of social impact

Community Members  

Work with Student Social Innovators 

The CPC seeks community members excited to lend their entrepreneurial and social impact expertise to help students competing in the Global Social Innovation Challenge. If you are an experienced social impact leader or entrepreneur, we'd love to hear from you! The SIC needs mentors and coaches to guide students through the enterprise development process, and evaluators to review student proposals. To get more information or sign up for any of these opportunities, please email

Coaching and Mentoring

Coaches and mentors work one-on-one with student innovators to help them improve their social venture proposals, and with winners during the implementation process. Coaches can volunteer for a lunchtime "idea lab" or evening office hours and mentors are matched with students teams based on areas of expertise for a longer-term commitment. Community social impact leaders and  If the team they mentor receives an award, mentors will need to commit to being available for periodic student mentoring (1-2 times per month) from May-November 2018.

Proposal Evaluation 

In rounds one and two of the Global Social Innovation Challenge student projects are reviewed online by our community of qualified judges. Judges evaluate student projects and provide written feedback to student teams. Judges include experts from business, social sector, and academia with experience in social innovation and entrepreneurship. If you are interested in serving as an evaluator for student proposals, there are two rounds of virtual judging where you can sign up to evaluate proposals and provide feedback on your own time, at your leisure. Evaluators should have a good grasp of the entrepreneurial journey and a passion for working with students!