Social Impact Practicums (SIPs)

What is a Social Impact Practicum (SIP)?

A Social Impact Practicum is a project-based experiential learning opportunity connecting undergraduate courses at Dartmouth with community needs identified by nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Valley. Dartmouth students take the skills and content that they are learning in your courses and apply them to relevant projects for, and with, local community partners.

In other words, an SIP is a real-world project with real-world impact.

The most recent SIP Faculty Pamphlet outlines the faculty, courses, and community partners who were involved in the Social Impact Practicum initiative last year.

Current Courses with an SIP Component

The 2017-2018 SIP Course Card shows the course offerings this academic year.

2018 Winter Term

2018 Spring Term

  • ANTH 64: The Evolution of Pregnancy, and Babies
  • ANTH 65: Conservation and Development
  • ENVS 7: COVER Stories
  • ENVS 61: Governing the Environment
  • GEOG 50: Geographical Information Systems
  • LATS 37: Migrant Labor in the Upper Valley
  • PBPL 51: Leadership in Civil Society
  • PH 147: Advanced Methods in Health Science Research
  • PSYC 54.06: Living with Dementia
  • SART 65/66/68: Architecture I/II/III

For more information or to suggest a course that you think could benefit from a Social Impact Practicum, please contact Ashley Doolittle.

Integrating an SIP into Your Course

Faculty who integrate a Social Impact Practicum into their course receive several layers of targeted support, including:

  • Faculty stipend to support time on teaching and learning
  • Social Impact Learning Fellow to help facilitate community partnership development, logistics, and reflection activities
  • Private consultation and access to 130+ projects to determine the best Social Impact Practicum(s) for your course
  • Dedicated faculty-community partner liaison at Dartmouth's Center for Social Impact to coordinate SIP communication
  • Ongoing support from DCAL, Instructional Design, and other on-campus partners, as needed

SIP Integrated Disciplines

Since the Social Impact Practicum Initiative started in the Winter of 2017, SIPs have been integrated into an average of 30 courses per year across over 20 disciplines.

The list below highlights some of the academic areas that are currently represented within this initiative:

  • African and African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • College Courses (COCO)
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering Sciences
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Speech
  • Studio Art
  • The Dartmouth Institute (TDI)