The mission of Clark Net Impact is to develop the next generation of leaders who embody Clark’s value of “Challenge convention. Change our world.” Clark Net Impact works in several main focus areas including international development, nonprofit management, environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), social entrepreneurship, public administration, and more! We are always seeking to expand our focus and increase our impact and welcome any and all ideas and members that seek to further our mission. Though we are a graduate chapter, our membership spans the entire student body but currently is mostly comprised of graduate students in the Graduate School of Management and the department of International, Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). We welcome members from all graduate and undergraduate departments at Clark University as well as local professionals.
In the past we have collaborated with other student organizations within Clark GSOM, which include the GSOM Student Council, the Finance Association, and Clark Women in Business; GSOM Career Services; other groups within the Clark community, such as CUES (Clark University Environmental Sustainability) and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program; and organizations in the Worcester community, such as the Regional Environmental Council (REC) of Worcester, the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Some of our past Chapter activities include a Fair Trade Forum with Autonomie Project (a fair trade apparel and shoe company based out of Boston, MA), the Green Run (a 5k community road race that supported the Regional Environmental Council), an on-campus professional panel on the subject of Socially Responsible Investing, a professional development trip to Stonyfield Farms in Londonderry, NH, an internship panel made up of GSOM/IDCE students describing their summer internships to fellow students, a viewing of a webinar on how to green your resume followed by a Q&A with GSOM Career Services.
Throughout the academic year, Net Impact hosted a series of meet-and-greets for students with sustainability leaders who came to speak at Clark GSOM. Sustainability leaders came from top companies such as Staples, the Shaw Group, Cognizant, and Environmental Resources Management (ERM) as well as local sustainability leaders. Also, Net Impact partnered with GSOM Career Services and other GSOM student organizations to have Kathrin Winkler, VP of Sustainability at EMC talk with students.
Clark Net Impact is in the process of raising awareness on campus of the Chapter on campus; increase graduate members and expand our reach to undergraduates and the greater Clark community. We will continue to offer professional development, networking and educational opportunities and expand opportunities for volunteer service work.