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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.

Program Eligibility
This program is open to all undergraduate juniors and seniors at USC. 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 cannot study abroad during the year they plan to participate in this program.

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 day 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 Lunch & Learn lectures, site visits and networking events.

Information Session
Please register to attend the info session taking place Wednesday, April 3, 2–3 p.m. in Fertitta Hall 417.

Application Process
Applications for the 2019–2020 academic year are now open! 

To apply, submit your (1) resume and (2) answers to the following questions:
1. What area of social impact are you most passionate about? (300 words max)
2. What steps have you taken to address this issue? (300 words max)
3. Have you taken BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design Lab and/or BAEP 491: Intro to Social Entrepreneurship?


Application Deadline
Applications must be emailed to the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab no later than Wednesday, April 10, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. PST.

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

 

2019–2020 BSEL Scholars

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

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Natalia Ayoub

Natalia is a junior from Tampa, Florida, studying business administration and cognitive science. She currently serves as vice president of internal resources for Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI), which offers pro bono consulting to nonprofits in the greater Los Angeles area. In her free time, Natalia loves to get outside and explore, whether that means hiking, biking, or heading to the beach. Natalia is particularly interested in social impact and hopes to start her own social enterprise one day

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Spence Blood

Spence is a junior studying business administration and designing for experiences. He leads initiatives for Spark SC, a student entrepreneurship organization that empowers all students to begin making something new. He is also the head of design of Duet, a micro-philanthropy platform that facilitates donations between international donors and resettled refugees. Spence aims to use human-centered design to innovate services that deliver agency to those lacking it.

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Benjamin Brooks

Ben is a junior studying computer science at the University of Southern California. He is currently the president of USC’s undergraduate Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society and a research assistant in the Data Science Lab. Ben is focused on utilizing modern computing tools, particularly machine learning, to effect positive impact. When not crouched over a computer, Ben finds joy working with elementary schoolers at Troy Camp, camping along the 395, and singing the fight song in the front row of the Coliseum on game days.

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Han Cai

Han is a senior majoring in business administration. Since her freshman year, she has started and led two clean-tech ventures, one in renewable biogas and one in clean hydrogen production. She currently teaches a self-designed class in sustainability with a focus on circular economy to local high school students for the USC Shaukat Initiative. She believes in the power of socially-minded businesses and innovative technology, which could be powerful in addressing key societal problems such as climate change. After graduation, she would like to utilize her skills as a social entrepreneur to transition the world into a more sustainable and regenerative one.

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Nicholas Cerdera

Nick is a junior majoring in urban studies and planning. He is a member of Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI), a student organization that provides pro bono consulting to Los Angeles-based nonprofits. He is also on the executive board of a new student organization, The Roosevelt Institute, where he helps students conduct policy research. He is passionate about improving urban resiliency and using thoughtful infrastructure to support environmental justice.

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Hanna Chuang

Hanna is a senior majoring in global health at the University of Southern California. On campus, she is involved with research studying the linkage of administrative health data to better inform policies and programs related to children's health, and has worked on projects exploring solutions to homelessness in LA. Hanna has worked with various nonprofits, including Chrysalis, charity: water, and READ Global, learning about issues of homelessness, the water crisis, access to education, and gender equality. In her free time, she likes discovering new music on Spotify and barbequing with her friends.

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Hannah Cremer

Hannah is a senior majoring in religion and global health, and minoring in health policy. She has held a number of internships at organizations centered on social justice, including Human Rights Watch and the Immigration and Global Migration Initiative at the USC Gould School of Law. On campus, Hannah is the director of Camp Kesem, the VP of social programming at Hillel, and a senior health educator with Peer Health Exchange. After graduation, Hannah will begin her career in Chicago as an elementary school teacher with Teach for America, and is excited to see where her path will lead!

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Morgan Grimm

Morgan is a Phi Beta Kappa senior at USC majoring in communications and minoring in social entrepreneurship. She serves on the executive board for the Women’s Leadership Society, is an Annenberg Ambassador and has conducted research for the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Off campus, you can find Morgan hiking, playing pickle ball or reading (for fun).

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Bonnie Hui

Bonnie is a senior studying business administration. She is the current director of branding and marketing for Design for America, a student-led studio that uses human-centered design to tackle social issues. After college, she wishes to continue to use her design thinking skills to optimize students’ education experiences and increase accessibility to food resources. During her free time, she likes to escape to the ocean or the mountains.

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Grace Jacobson

Grace is a senior majoring in business administration and spent last spring studying in Lisbon, Portugal. On campus, she is involved with USC MOVE (Marshall Outreach Volunteer Entrepreneurs), Delta Delta Delta, and JEP, one of the oldest and largest service-learning programs in the US. Grace spent the summer as a digital merchandise intern at Macy’s. After graduation, Grace hopes to work addressing homelessness in a sustainable way. In her free time, she enjoys going to new restaurants, running, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

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Abigail Leung

Abigail is a senior studying public policy with an emphasis in nonprofits, philanthropy and social innovation. She co-founded Trojan Shelter, a Students 4 Students organization with a mission to house college students experiencing homelessness. As director of engagements for the USC chapter of 180-Degree Consulting, she manages partnerships with nonprofits and social enterprises. Abigail is passionate about the issues of affordable housing, immigration and education. In her free time, she enjoys grabbing coffee with friends, reading and photography.

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Rhys Richmond

Rhys is in her junior year majoring in biomedical (molecular-cellular) engineering and minoring in health policy. She works with LA nonprofits as director of internal relations for the student-run pro bono consulting group Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI). As part of the Armani Research Group at USC Viterbi, Rhys researches optical and chemical methods for detecting malaria and studying cancerous tissue behavior. She also serves as a writing fellow for the interdisciplinary Write-to-Learn research initiative for Organic Chemistry II. Rhys co-founded and currently serves as COO for Duet, a philanthropic platform designed to connect international givers, resettled refugees, and small family-run businesses in a global community of aid. In her free time, she loves dancing with USC Xpressions Dance Company, volunteering at local elementary schools with USC Science Outreach and at the LA County Hudson Health Clinic, and spending time exploring the vibrant neighborhoods of LA.

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Tianna Shaw-Wakeman

Tianna is a senior majoring in psychology who is passionate about education, holistic health care, and all things related to the environment. From directing USC’s Environmental Core Activism organization to interning under the former USC Housing Sustainability manager, Tianna has enjoyed being a part of a greener USC. She spent the summer teaching middle school students for WISE Readers to Leaders, and beginning her fourth year as a volunteer for Visions & Voices, she hopes to carry these experiences into a career of service. Constantly learning from everyone around her, Tianna sees a better, brighter world in our future and is building the skills to be involved in that shift.

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Hannan Yahya

Hannan is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia, studying biomedical engineering with an electrical engineering emphasis. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar and Questbridge Scholar, and plans to pursue a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in global health. Her goal is use her engineering background and global health knowledge to make medical devices and technology more accessible to low-income populations. Hannan hopes to work at a nonprofit organization such as the Gates Foundation after she completes her education.

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2019–2020 Senior Fellows

For the full list of Senior Fellows, click here.

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Helen Melluish

Strategic Advisor
Omaze

Helen is a seasoned brand and marketing executive. She is currently an advisor at Omaze, where she has served as chief operating officer and previously as senior vice president of marketing. Prior to Omaze, Helen developed her skills in brand and digital marketing for companies such as BeachMint and eHarmony. Helen is also the co-founder of Blind Beagle Wines.

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Hrag Hamalian

CEO
Bright Start Schools

Hrag currently serves as the chief executive officer of Bright Star Schools (BSS), having served as head of schools and chief cultural officer of BSS from 2013 to 2015. Hrag has grown BSS from four to nine schools, creating community-based clusters that provide TK-12 education for 3400 students in three unique neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

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Leonard Fromer

President of Healthcare Initiatives
Turner Capital Impact, LLC

Len Fromer is responsible for the oversight and leadership of Turner Impact Capital’s heath care initiatives. He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of primary care practice redesign and transformation, quality improvement and outcomes measurement, and healthcare system reform. He has also served on the American Medical Association’s commission on health care disparities.

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Linda Rogers

Marketing Director
Earthjustice

With over 20 years of diverse experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Linda is responsible for managing the global branding of Earthjustice. Linda previously served as director of influencer marketing and brand partnerships for Heifer International, as well as the director of corporate citizenship for the Walt Disney Company.

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Luis Navarro

Associate
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Luis is a business executive with expertise in sustainability and environment. At Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Luis provides solutions to clients’ environmental, geotechnical and engineering challenges. He has previously worked with FirstCarbon Solutions, ADEC Innovations and Environmental Resources Management.

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Michael Lizárraga

President, CEO
The East Los Angeles Community Union

Michael is responsible for the management and oversight of TELACU, TELACU Industries and the TELACU Education Foundation. Michael has a strong background in finance and organizational leadership, and has served on both the CSU Foundation Board of Governors and the California Chamber of Commerce.

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Naomi Seligman

Founder, CEO
Tower26

Naomi is a nationally recognized strategic communications leader with experience in leading successful local, state and national campaigns. In addition to her extensive political advocacy work. Naomi served as director of communications for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. She also led multiple social action and entertainment campaigns.

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