Arcadia Establishes Office of Social Impact and Innovation
As community stakeholders conceptualized Arcadia’s vision and values, a common question emerged: How can we support and enhance the University’s social impact initiatives?
Housed within the Office of the President, the Office of Social Impact and Innovation (SI2) was launched to support change agents who seek positive transformation locally and around the world. The office will work with faculty leadership to develop a framework for service-learning pedagogy and build essential partnerships with Arcadia’s Development, Sponsored Research, and Community and Civic Engagement offices to secure funding and explore new opportunities.
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant, who co-chaired the UKnighted Aspirational Committee and Social Innovation Task Force with Visual and Performing Arts Chair Carole Loeffler, assumed her role as founding director on Aug. 19. Dr. LaLond Wyant joined The College of Global Studies at Arcadia in 2012 as assistant dean for Experiential Education, a position she held until 2017 when she was appointed associate dean for Teaching and Learning. Prior to that, she held multiple positions at the University of Pennsylvania.
"During our visioning process, social impact emerged as a major theme and part of the fabric of our community," said President Ajay Nair. “Alison's background in social innovation and deep understanding of our community made her the ideal candidate.”
Under Dr. LaLond Wyant’s leadership, the Office of SI2 will establish standards and guiding principles for social and civic engagement, global service-learning programs, and Arcadia’s community partnerships. Dr. LaLond Wyant will also form an internal Advisory Board and lead a Community Advisory Committee to gather perspectives from and share the University’s vision with external collaborators.