Mission and Values

Words of Change

"Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value."

Albert Einstein

How does SESi support the mission of Rollins College?

The Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability initiative (SESi) helps foster global citizens and responsible leaders by educating, equipping, and empowering competent changemakers who are committed to building a better world. SESi's focus is to catalyze the growth and integration of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability throughout Rollins College to best prepare graduates to pursue meaning lives and productive careers. 

Guided by excellence, innovation, and community as well as the ideals of the liberal arts ethos, SESi is committed to integrating principles of social entrepreneurship and sustainability into the fabric of an interdisciplinary Rollins education. SESi partners with departments and offices throughout the camps on curriculum development, research, consulting, speaker series, internships, study abroad, immersions, conferences, retreats, and social venture coaching and competitions.

SESi also works closely with global partners like Ashoka U, Clinton Global Initiative University, Echoing Green, Net Impact, and Transformative Action Institute to ensure we are continuously providing and co-creating cutting edge thought leadership in the field. 

Core Values

SESi is committed to equipping passionate and capable members of the Rollins community to be effective agents of change in the world. SESi is a collaborative movement bedrocked by a holistic liberal education and focused on applied real-world problem solving. The following five key values are foundational drivers to our work:  

  • Exposure to cultural diversity
  • Awareness of complex social challenges
  • Cultivation of empathy
  • Understanding of system-level innovation
  • Development of solution-oriented problem solving skills set

Defining our Key Components

Sustainability: The capacity to endure environmentally, economically, and socially in relation to the responsible management of resources. Also known as the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

Social entrepreneurship: Achieving a desired social, cultural, or environmental change through the use of entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage an organization or movement.