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BSEL Undergraduate Scholars Mentorship Program

BSEL Undergraduate Scholars Mentorship Program

The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) Undergraduate Scholars Mentorship Program is a highly selective nine-month mentoring and skills-building experience for a group of rising juniors and seniors who are engaged and pursuing careers in social impact.
 

Eligibility
Rising juniors and seniors from all majors are encouraged to apply. Students applying for the AY22 Scholars cohort must be enrolled at USC for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.

We seek students who:

  • Think broadly about the "wicked problems" facing the world, and see themselves as agents of change in responding to these problems.
  • Engage with their communities in meaningful ways.
  • Enjoy learning from other people, especially those who have different life experiences.
  • Pursue opportunities for self-reflection and growth.

Note: As this is a highly experiential program, students must commit to attending all cohort meetings, which will be held on Friday mornings, approximately once a month. The cohort meeting schedule will be finalized in the summer.
 

Benefits

  • Mentorship from leading social impact professionals and social entrepreneurs. (A list of past mentors can be found here.)
  • Professional and personal development workshops to foster competence and leadership skills relevant to social impact careers.
  • An invitation to a formal meal with all mentors and mentees.
  • At least two one-on-one meetings with a mentor.
  • A career shadowing experience with a mentor.
  • Access to the BSEL student and professional network and advising from BSEL staff.
  • Membership in a cohort of like-minded students offering feedback and support.
     

Commitment

  • Participate in a day-long orientation in August. (Orientation is typically held the Sunday before the start of the fall semester.)
  • Attend a group dinner with mentors in early September (date to be given at orientation).
  • Engage fully in monthly cohort meetings and BSEL events (approximately five to six hours per month). 
  • Schedule and attend meetings with mentors.
  • Attend an end-of-the-year event (usually held the last week in April or first week of May).
  • Serve as official ambassadors of BSEL within and outside of the USC community. This means identifying publicly as a BSEL Scholar and prioritizing attendance at other BSEL opportunities, including Jacobson Sustainable Impact Lectures, site visits and networking events.
     

Information Session

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

BSEL Scholars Program information session slides


Application Process
Applications for the 2021–2022 academic year are now open! 

To apply, students must submit an online form that includes their resume and answers to three (3) short-answer questions:
1. What area(s) of social impact are you most passionate about? (300 words)
2. What steps have you taken to address this issue? (300 words)
3. Where does your commitment to impact come from? In other words, tell us about what influence or experience has inspired you to make impact. (300 words)


Application Deadline
The online application must be submitted no later than Thursday, March 11, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. PT.

 

For questions and additional information, contact Michelle Chow, BSEL associate director of programs.
 

2021–2022 BSEL Scholars

Below is the current cohort of BSEL Scholars. For the full list of previous Scholars, please click here.

Amy Altman

Amy Altman

Amy Altman is a senior studying journalism with a minor in Spanish. She currently works as a student assistant for the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and serves as one of the weekly producers for ATVN (Annenberg TV News). Amy's passion for social impact is evident through her two different documentaries. During the fall of her junior year, she was the executive producer of "Two Paths, One Direction," a documentary that combined ten students from an HBCU in Texas and 10 students from USC to report on how students from different campuses were dealing with the presidential race, the pandemic, and the racial unrest. The following semester in her documentary class, she produced a mini-doc about the only sit-down restaurant in all of Watts, focusing on the issue of food insecurity. Following graduation, Amy plans to continue working in production with the hopes of making more multimedia projects focused on social impact issues.

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Quinn Daly

Quinn Daly

Quinn Daly is a senior from Denver, Colorado, majoring in accounting. On campus, Quinn has been actively involved as a counselor for Troy Camp and a pro bono student consultant for nonprofits and social enterprises through Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI), where she currently serves as vice president of human resources. Quinn is particularly interested in the intersection of for-profit and nonprofit business practices and hopes to apply this approach to create effective, sustainable social change. In her free time, Quinn loves hiking, escaping to the beach, and searching for the perfect iced latte.

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Alex Granda

Alex Granda

Alex Granda is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in business finance with a specialization in applied analytics, and he will be pursuing the master’s in finance PDP program here at USC. Born in Chicago, he has lived in South Florida since he was 5 years old. His interests include lacrosse, fishing, the outdoors, golfing, being active and staying outside. His passions include sustainability, financial education, financial inequality, and food security as he intends to work to eradicate these pressing issues within society.

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Macaleigh Hendricks

Macaleigh Hendricks

Macaleigh Hendricks is a progressive degree student at USC and will graduate with a B.S. in business administration and an M.S. in social entrepreneurship in May 2022. She is endlessly curious about applying principles of human-centered design and digital media to systemic social challenges, particularly racism, sustainability, and mental health. She believes that cultivating community is one of the most important tools in creating lasting change, and aims to collaboratively design community initiatives throughout her career.

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Andy Hsu

Andy Hsu

Andy Hsu is currently a junior at USC studying arts, technology and the business of innovation with minors in consumer behavior and media economics. He is interested in how technology and design can be leveraged to increase accessibility to mental health and physical wellbeing resources. In his free time, he loves to read, play badminton, and enjoy times in nature.

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Priya Kumar

Priya Kumar

Priya Kumar is a senior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, majoring in international relations (global business) and minoring in education and society. She previously served as the director of Yearlong for USC Troy Camp, where she planned monthly interactive events for 200 campers and counselors. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, the international relations and foreign service pre-professional fraternity, and a tour guide for the USC Office of Admission. Priya hopes to work in the education sector, specifically in education policy and research in developing countries. She hopes to create more equitable education and greater access to resources while developing innovative methods to engage students.

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Erin Light

Erin Light

Erin Light is a third-year Bachelor of Architecture student with a minor in social entrepreneurship. Her passion for architecture and spatial justice draws largely from her time as a community organizer with public housing residents in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina. As an aspiring architect, she wants to design empowering spaces that tell the story of a community, alleviate racial and gender inequality, and empower residents with agency over their physical space.

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Charles Nicholas Liu

Charles Nicholas Liu

Charles Nicholas Liu is a senior from the Philippines studying business, data and design, and is passionate about using data to make positive change in the fields of aid distribution, upward financial mobility, and the transition to sustainable forms of energy. He has been able to apply these interests through his experiences working in data and business development at Duet, a nonprofit startup founded by USC students that reimagines humanitarian aid, and in supply chain optimization at Tesla. In his free time, Charles enjoys playing beach volleyball, folding modular origami, and watching the television show Survivor!

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Kevin Lu

Kevin Lu

Kevin Lu is passionate about using communications, design, and technology to address pressing issues surrounding education, climate change, and civic engagement. He has previously done marketing for criminal justice nonprofit Refoundry, crafted corporate social responsibility strategies for Spectrum’s Community Impact team, and worked with Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs to build out global policy think tank Identity Review. He is now in his final year at USC completing his degree in public relations with a minor in social entrepreneurship.

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Sachin Narayan

Sachin Narayan

Sachin Narayan is a senior on the pre-medical track with a major in global health and minors in business finance and natural sciences. On campus, he is the undergraduate research lead for the Michelson Convergent Science Institute in Cancer, the former vice president of Projects for Los Angeles Community Impact, and an active member in Trojan Knights and USC Project RISHI. With a focus on public health, Sachin founded and currently leads Cathartic, a budding social enterprise committed to tackling preventative health inequities by connecting corporate suppliers of health and hygiene products with local community organizations that can distribute to under-resourced urban populations. Following his graduation, he intends to continue working on Cathartic before attending medical school.

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2021–2022 Senior Fellows

For the full list of Senior Fellows, click here.

Rudy Espinoza

Rudy Espinoza

Executive Director of Inclusive Action for the City

Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of Inclusive Action for the City, a non-profit, Community Development Financial Institution based in Los Angeles whose mission is to bring people together to build strong, local economies that uplift low-income urban communities through advocacy and transformative economic development initiatives. Rudy specializes in designing economic development initiatives in low-income communities, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socio-economic revitalization of their neighborhoods. Under his leadership, Inclusive Action helped legalize street vending in Los Angeles, has deployed over $2,200,000 in low-interest micro-loans and grants to under-served entrepreneurs, and co-created a unique commercial real estate initiative that preserves small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods. He has also co-created initiatives to activate vacant lots in Los Angeles and helped design a purchasing cooperative to support small corner stores in food deserts. Rudy serves on the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, the Board of Directors for the Center for Nonprofit Management and Abode Community Housing, and as an appointee to the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) Advisory Board. Rudy is also a Civil Society Fellow, an initiative hosted by the ADL and Aspen Institute.

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Sherri Francois

Sherri Francois

Chief Impact Officer, SoLa Impact

Sherri serves as the chief executive in charge SoLa Impact’s social impact strategy, operations and development. Sherri leads the execution to improve the lives of South LA residents by providing access to educational and economic opportunities. In 2017, Sherri established The I CAN Foundation, SoLa’s non-profit affiliate, where she serves as Executive Director. Sherri is the founder of South LA’s first state-of- the-art technology and entrepreneurship center developed to spur a new generation of technology professional and entrepreneurs from the South Los Angeles community Prior to joining SoLa, Sherri was an Emmy nominated television executive producer and director overseeing television programs and documentaries, covering social issues throughout the world. Her work as been featured on major media outlets including CNN, NBC, and MTV. Sherri is a South Los Angeles native and volunteers her time to local nonprofit organizations including the Dream Street Foundation where she serves as a member of the board of directors. Sherri is a licensed foster parent and professionally trained Leadership and Life Coach. Sherri graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

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Laurie Lang

Laurie Lang

Consultant at Laurie Lang Consulting

Laurie is a retired strategic executive with experience in strategic planning, brand development, corporate philanthropy and non-profit management. Her background includes two executive management positions at The Walt Disney Company where as SVP of Strategic Marketing she established Disney’s Global Brand Management, developing the Disney brand platform, setting brand policy, and assessing new brand opportunities. She then founded and served as Executive Director of Disney Learning Partnership, Disney’s flagship philanthropy in educational reform, funding schools and working with educators nationwide to foster and support innovative, engaging approaches to learning. Following, as President of BrandCentrics Consulting, she worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations on visioning, brand integration and new product and program development. Most recently, Laurie served as Executive Director of Project Angel Food and developed a new strategic plan advocating for the increased role of nutrition in healthcare. Her additional philanthropic work include The National Commission for Service Learning, The Mott Foundations’ Afterschool Alliance, and The Philanthropic Initiative, providing strategic planning to foundations and corporate funders. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Washington University.

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Christine Margiotta

Christine Margiotta

Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles

Christine Margiotta is passionate about channeling our collective power to create enduring justice and community. As Executive Director of SVP Los Angeles, she brings people together to fuel systemic transformation and seeks to co-create liberatory workplace practices within SVP and beyond. Christine launched SVP’s Systems Change Accelerator to bolster early-stage social justice initiatives and Anti-Racism for White People to support leaders in championing racial justice. Throughout her career, Christine has leveraged a blend of community organizing, grantmaking, and policy change to create progress on racial and economic justice, homelessness, and LGBTQ+ rights. Christine designed and led Home For Good at United Way of Greater LA, an initiative to end homelessness that leveraged over $1 billion to create housing for 35,000+ Angelenos in her time there. Christine is a graduate of Scripps College and received her MSW from UCLA. Christine lives in Claremont with her wife, Becky, and their kids, Huck and Vivian. She serves as the Chair of the L.A. County Measure H Citizens’ Oversight Advisory Board, and she is a founding advisor of Claremont Change, an effort to end racism in Claremont policing.

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Estelle Reyes

Estelle Reyes

SVP, Enhancing Community

Estelle is the Senior Vice President, Enhancing Community at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where she focuses on creating pathways for underrepresented groups to participate in the green economy. She collaborates with her team to recruit and support promising diverse cleantech entrepreneurs, provide workforce development training to build a diverse talent pipeline for the growing green job market, and launch cleantech pilots in disadvantaged communities. Prior to LACI, Estelle was the Executive Director at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater LA, where she played a central role in launching and growing the NFTE program to reach over 12,000 students locally. She also has experience as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs’ Private Wealth Management Division as well as a First Grade Teacher. Estelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Chad Tew

Chad Tew

Founder/CEO of LearnCollab

Chad Tew is an education entrepreneur and founder/CEO of LearnCollab®, which provides learning communities with a platform and tools to explore program collaboration, co-ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Chad is a life-long educator and former independent school CFO, who has also held college leadership positions in admission and marketing. He has taught courses at UCLA in Marketing and Business Plan Development, is a co-founder of the K-8 Wesley School in North Hollywood, and early in his career customized enrollment marketing software for the MIT Sloan School and Georgetown University. Chad also has deep experience in school financial aid and pricing, bond financing and campus construction, and demographic market analysis. Chad earned his MBA in entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he volunteers on the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab Advisory Board and the New Venture Seed Competition. He holds a BA in English from the University of Utah. Chad consults, writes, and speaks widely on topics including education sector disruption, financial and enrollment sustainability, and school collaboration.

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