Social Innovation Task Force

In June 2019, after months of exploring possibilities to design a framework for social impact as a strategic priority, the Social Innovation Task Force shared its proposal with the University community. Click here to review the proposal.

The Social Innovation Task Force would like to share definitions and nomenclature regarding social innovation, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and social impact.


The Arcadia community has voiced significant interest in community-engaged learning, community partnerships, and social impact. This task force will explore the potential of that interest and establish goals and strategies for Arcadia to position itself as a social enterprise, to develop social innovations, and to inspire social entrepreneurship.

Starting with President Nair’s generative questions, the task force will consider and discuss the topics, capturing high-level responses to each as a roadmap to edit its charge, as necessary. A goal is to realize what Arcadia University is uniquely positioned to solve.


  • Engage, support, and develop buy-in from across the University community.
  • Identify terms as relevant to Arcadia. Explain what we mean by social innovation and social impact as an institution.
  • Solicit and collect ideas from campus regarding how we could live into our interests in social innovation. Share data from the visioning work pointing to that interest. Ask what departments would like that to look for them. Fold in research from other exercises, including Academic Affairs’ Innovation Committee and Enrollment Management review.
  • Generate recommendations to serve as a pathway for the strategic plan. Define benchmarks of success on those goals.
  • Collaborate with the Academic Affairs Innovation Committee, seeking its input when soliciting ideas from departments and seeking feedback and endorsement when finalizing recommendations. 
  • Build sets of ethical and logistical guidelines for initiating social impact work across campus and for establishing community partnerships. 

December 2018 - February 2019
Define terms. Build out Task Force to welcome a broader campus constituency group to the table. Establish appropriate check-in times with Academic Affairs’ Innovation Committee.

February - March 2019
Finalize working summary responses to President Nair’s generative questions. How do those responses necessitate revising this charge? Solicit departmental ideas about how their units might like to see this work play out. Collect and review relevant research from other committees, processes, and working groups.

March - April 2019
Finalize a set of recommendations for the strategic planning group and President’s Office to review.