This program will be offered online!

This program has been converted to an online course: AEM 3380 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Problem Solvers.

Featuring the same faculty and rigorous Cornell education as the on-campus version, this three-credit course will run June 22–July 10, 2020.

This course will be offered asynchronously using VoiceThread, which means you'll view the class slides and lectures at a time of your own choosing (all lectures will be available 24/7), respond to discussion prompts via recorded video or audio, and complete your assignments within a scheduled time frame. VoiceThread allow us to maintain the interactive nature of a live class and makes it possible for students to work in groups. You will be able to meet with the professor or teaching assistant at a mutually agreed-upon set time.

To enroll, review the course description, read about online courses and follow the registration steps.

Note: As part of your application for this program, you'll be expected to answer this additional essay question: Describe a social issue that concerns or inspires you and why? (Your answer should be in English and should not exceed 250 words.)

Please contact us if you have questions.

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Dr. Anke Wessels

Director, Center for Transformative Action (CTA), an affiliate of Cornell University

Dr. Anke Wessels is the executive director of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA), an affiliate of Cornell University.

For more than 40 years, CTA has been providing fiscal sponsorship to social entrepreneurs with innovative, non-profit social ventures that address society's most pressing social problems. CTA also offers hands-on educational opportunities that animate the power of the heart and mind to remake the world.

Inspired by the non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Thich Nhat Hanh, and many others, Transformative Action calls for

  • Courage to break the silence that surrounds injustices.
  • Patience and compassion for the ultimately liberating work of building an inclusive movement.
  • Imagination to stay free from "us vs. them" strategies that only inflame our social problems.
  • Inspiration to envision new solutions to common challenges.

Dr. Wessels received her BA in French and economics, her MS in agricultural economics, and her PhD in geography, specializing in environmental politics and social movements. She was previously on the faculty at Syracuse University, where she taught environmental sustainability and environmental politics.