Wharton Stories: Social Impact

Environmental advocate Brandon Nguyen, W’21, C’21, reflects on a trip to Tromsø, Norway earlier this year. He was the only undergraduate student from North America to present his research at the Arctic Frontiers Student Forum.

The Intersection of Advocacy and Academia: How Wharton Took Me to the Arctic

“Improv is a life tool that every student needs to empower them to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Meera Menon, W’20, and Philip Chen, W’20, winners of the President’s Engagement Prize.

Empowering Philadelphia Youth with Improv Skills

Although campus programs, events, and classes were remote this semester, students stayed connected more than ever. Wharton Social Impact students reflect on how they finished the semester virtually while prioritizing impactful activities.

Why These Wharton Students Stayed Involved with Social Impact Remotely

From donations to delivery services for at-risk populations, the Wharton community is joining in the fight against the pandemic.

How Wharton Students Are Supporting COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Learn about student programming, events, and other ways to get involved with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative for the Spring 2020 semester.

7 Ways for Students to Get Involved With Social Impact This Semester

Each year, Wharton Social Impact Initiative works with hundreds of students, supporting them in their quest to launch a high-impact career. Meet nine alumni making a difference through their careers in business and finance.

9 Alumni Changemakers Working in Social Impact

“What we were finding was that we were onto something big and something different, something that wasn’t just confined to my community, Tarkwa Breman, alone.”

How This Penn Alum Is Revitalizing Education and Healthcare Through Cocoa Farms in Ghana

Learn about Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s student programs, with opportunities in impact investing, consulting, social entrepreneurship, research, community building, and more.

Welcome Back to Campus: 7 Social Impact Programs for Student Changemakers

Turner Social Impact Society member Stephanie Wu, W’20, consulted for Asociacion CREAR, an educational nonprofit in Costa Rica. Working on the ground in Costa Rica, she learned four important lessons about small nonprofits.

What I Learned About Small Nonprofits from an NGO in Costa Rica

From academic courses to extracurricular involvements and internships, Michelle Jaffee, W’19, ensured social impact shaped her time at Penn. She offers tips for students looking for impactful opportunities.

How I Found My Social Impact Path at Penn — and How You Can Find Yours