Social Impact Practicums (SIPs)

What is a Social Impact Practicum (SIP)?

A Social Impact Practicum (SIP) is a project-based experiential learning opportunity connecting undergraduate courses at Dartmouth with community needs identified by nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Valley. 

In other words, a 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

Fall 2019 SIP Courses (September 16 - November 19)

  • ENGL 52.16: God, Darwin, and the Literary Imagination (Chrstie Harner)
    • Fairbanks Museum
  • ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology: Project Initiation (Solomon Diamon & Douglas Van Citters)
    • Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD); Special Needs Support Center (SNSC)
  • ENGS 174: Energy Conversion (Mark Laser)
    • City of Lebanon (Public Works); Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC); Willing Hands
  • GEOG 50: Intro. to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (David Parr)
    • TBD
  • PBPL 45: Introductions to Public Policy Research (Ron Shaiko)
    • City of Lebanon; Good Neighbor Health Clinics (GNHCs); Headrest; Maynard House; Preservation Education Institute for Historic Windsor Inc. (PEIHWI); Restore Hope-Liberia; Special Needs Support Center (SNSC); Twin Pines Housing Trust; Upper Valley Community Nursing Project; Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity; We The People Theatre
  • PSYCH 53.10: Social & Affective Motivations in Decision-Making     (Luke Chang)
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​AVA Art Gallery; City of Lebanon (Solid Waste and Recycling); Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)-Arts
  • ​​PSYCH 80.​​​​​04: Neuroscience of Obesity (Ann Clark)
    • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC); Community Health Department
  • SART 17: Digital Design (Karol Kawiaka)
    • Senior Solutions
  • SART 66/69: Architecture II/III (Karol Kawiaka)
    • Norwich Public Library; Upper Valley Humane Society (UVHS)
  • SOCY 10: Quantitative Analysis of Social Data (Jason Houle)
    • Upper Valley Community Nursing Project (UVCNP)
  • SOCY 11: Research Methods (Kimberly Rogers)
    • Headrest; National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS), Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), WISE
  • SOCY 35: Sociology of Mental Health (Jason Houle)
    • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)-Arts
  • SOCY 65: The Social Psychology of Inequality (Kimberly Rogers)
    • Upper Valley Haven; WISE
  • SPEE 37: Health Communications (Darlene Drummond)
    • Public Health Council of the Upper Valley (PHC)

*PROSPECTIVE* '20W (January 6 - March 6)

  • COMP 76: The Environmental Imagination (Damiano Benvegnu)
    • Upper Valley Land Trust
  • COSC 29.04: Impact Design (Lorie Loeb & Thalia Wheatley)
    • Hartford Austism Regional Program (HARP)
  • EDUC 20: Educational Issues in Contemporary Society (Charlie Wheelan)
    • TBD
  • EDUC 46: STEM and Education (Dave Kraemer)
    • AVA Art Gallery
  • ENGL 54.05: Animal Studies: Therory, Literature, Politics (Christie Harner)
    • Upper Valley Humane Society (UVHS)
  • ENGS 15.02: Senior Design Challenge, part I (Eugene Korsunskiy)
    • TBD
  • ENGS 90: Engineering Design Methodology: Project Completion (Solomond Diamond & Douglas Van Citters)
    • Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD); Special Needs Support Center (SNSC)
  • ENVS 7.03: Ecopsychology (Terry Osborne)
    • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
  • ENVS 80.03: Regenerative Design of the Built Environment (Karol Kawiaka)
    • Hulbert Outdoor Center (within Aloha Foundation)
  • PSYC 54.06: Aging and Life Stories (Bob Santulli)
    • TBD
  • SART 66: Architecture I (Karol Kawiaka)
    • Crossroads Academy; LISTEN Community Services
  • SOCY 54: Chasing the (Casual) Dragon: Intermediate Quantitative Data Analysis for Sociologists (Jason Houle)
    • TBD
  • SPEE 26: How New Media Shape Our Lives: Rhetoric, Theory, and Praxis (Yana Grushina)
    • TBD
  • SPEE 27: Intercultural Communication (Darlene Drummond)
    • Restore Hope - Liberia
  • N/A: Foundations in Social Impact, part I (Leah Torrey & Seth Arico)
    • TBD

*PROSPECTIVE* '20S (March 30 - June 3)

  • ANTH 65: Conservation and Development (Ken Bauer)
    • TBD
  • EDUC 19: Educational Testing (Dave Kraemer)
    • TBD
  • ENGS 15.02: Senior Design Challenge, part II (Eugene Korsunskiy)
    • TBD
  • ENGS 44: Sustainable Design (Karol Kawiaka)
    • Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • ENVS 50: Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation (Michael Cox)
    • TBD
  • ENGS 7.04: COVER Stories (Terry Osbourne)
    • COVER Home Repair
  • ENVS 80.08: The Practice of SCience Policy and Diplomacy (Melody Brown Burkins)
    • TBD
  • PSYC 54.05: Consumer Neuroscience (Rose Clark)
    • TBD
  • PSYC 81.09: Storytelling with Data (Jeremy Manning)
    • TBD
  • SPEE 20: Public Speaking (Yana Grushina)
    • TBD
  • N/A: Foundations in Social Impact, part II (Leah Torrey & Seth Arico)
    • TBD​​​​​​​

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.