About Us

CREATING A BETTER WORLD THROUGH BUSINESS PRINCIPLES

The Center for Social Value Creation empowers students to create a better world through business principles. We offer hands-on learning opportunities and collaborate across disciplines to infuse students with the ability to apply business principles in creative and entrepreneurial ways that co-create economic prosperity and advance social and environmental well-being. 

The Center is comprised of four staff members with diverse experiences in the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, startup and sustainability sectors. Our consulting opportunities and signature programs, like ChangetheWorld.org Nonprofit Consulting and the Social Enterprise Symposium, help Smith students gain exposure to the trends and skills necessary to be business leaders of the 21st century. 

OUR HISTORY AT SMITH

In 2008, four University of Maryland students set out to answer one question: “How can business create positive change in the world?” Their goal was to find and enlist a faculty champion who would work with them to bring social enterprise to campus. Their search led them to Melissa Carrier, formerly of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. The timing was perfect.

In 2009 with the support of Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam (2009-2013) of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, The Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) was formally launched under Melissa’s leadership (2009-2014). What began as a student inquiry has grown into a portfolio of unique programming that includes courses, campus-wide gatherings, a University-wide commitment to social change as a founding member of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus network, and a dedication to affecting positive change in the world through skill building and experiential learning.