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.

Current courses integrating a Social Impact Practicum are listed below but for detailed information about the specific projects and community partners associated with each SIP course, past and present, please explore the link below:

Social Impact Practicum classes for 2018-2019

Current Courses with a SIP Component

Spring 2019 SIP Courses

  • ANTH 64: The Evolution of Pregnancy, Birth and Babies (Zane Thayer)
  • ANTH 65: Conservation and Development (Ken Bauer)
  • EDUC 51: Educational Testing (Dave Kraemer)
  • ENGS 15.02: Senior Design Challenge (Eugene Korsunskiy)
  • ENVS 61: Governing the Environment (Michael Cox)
  • ENVS 7: COVER Stories (Terry Osborne)
  • ENVS 80.08: The Practice of Science Policy and Diplomacy (Melody Brown Burkins)
  • GEOG 57: The Geographies of Health and Disease (Xun Shi)
  • ITAL 7: Environmental Italy: Narratives, Landscapes, and Ecologies (Damiano Benvgegnu)
  • LATS 37: Migrant Lives in the Upper Valley (Doug Moody)
  • PBPL 51: Leadership in Civil Society: Philanthropy in the Nonprofit Sector (Ron Shaiko)
  • PSYCH 81.09: Storytelling with Data (Jeremy Manning)
  • SPEE 20: Public Speaking (Yana Grushina)

Other Dartmouth groups addressing Social Impact Practicum/SIP projects
     Primary Care Progress (Health Research Consulting Student Group)
     Foundations in Social Impact (First-Year Leadership Program through DCSI)

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

DCSI also collaborates with Thayer's Senior Design Challenge to match human-centered design projects proposed by Upper Valley nonprofits with this two-term  senior-level engineering course.

Integrating A 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