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VCU da Vinci Center to Host New Summit for Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

The Virginia Commonwealth University da Vinci Center is launching a social good summit focused on students and their work in social justice and social entrepreneurship.

IMAGINE Social Good” takes place March 23-25 at the Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. Students from more than 20 campuses worldwide who are pursuing diverse social good projects are attending. 

The weekend consists of main-stage events with keynote speakers, inspiring workshops and multiple moments to meet, listen to and learn from experts and one another. Student teams will present their work on creating change in social good, social justice or social entrepreneurship to panels of experts during breakout sessions. The projects range from products to ideas. For instance, one student will present her interactive financial-literacy game, while another will initiate a discussion on challenging the portrayal of Native Americans in young adult literature.

The impetus behind the summit was to help build a more just and livable world, said Shawn Humphrey, summit founder and changemaker in residence at the da Vinci Center.

“I needed a place bristling with hope again, so I built it,” he said. “Of course, not alone. Anything worth building takes a team.”

That team, he said, includes Amanda Hall, assistant director of service-learning in the Division of Community Engagement, her team of students and the Richmond Technology Council.

“IMAGINE is a gathering of some of the most inspiring human beings on the planet,” Humphrey said. “We are coming together to convene, converse and create diverse coalitions of change-making individuals who are committed to building a more just and livable world.”

Read the full VCU News article.