Social Impact Classes

Social Impact is a growing field of study that affects every industry. The Sorenson Impact Center is proud to offer a set of courses in social impact, designed and taught by members of our team who are impact experts. Offered in partnership with the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Department at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, these classes help support students in becoming the next generation of impact leaders by merging business acumen with societal betterment.


The social impact classes offer the tools to be effective impact leaders. Through real-world case studies and interactive projects, students learn:

  • How businesses can address pressing global challenges while also doing well financially
  • To integrate purpose-driven objectives into strategic decision-making, fostering innovation and resilience
  • How to measure and communicate social and environmental outcomes, vital for accountability and credibility

A background in impact benefits all students by developing a holistic perspective, critical thinking, empathy, and an understanding of diverse stakeholders. These attributes enhance decision-making, adaptability, and problem-solving, applicable across industries. Overall, an impact-oriented foundation equips students to address societal challenges, contributing positively to their communities, and aligning personal values with professional endeavors, regardless of their major or future career path.

Available Courses

Social Impact Strategy and Innovation

For businesses and organizations today, creating a positive social impact is directly tied to sustainability and growth. But how can organizations transition from a traditional mindset of the role of business in society towards one that prioritizes social good? In this course, students will learn how to embed and measure social impact into business while exploring the latest in impact innovations and trends.


  • STRAT 5850/6850-001
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Open to all majors
  • No prerequisites

“It was a really meaningful course for me. It’s changed the way I think about what I want to do in my life.”


Madeline Vergura,
Masters Student, Finance

Allison Boxer

"This course is about how we can make business a force for good in the world."

Dr. Allison Boxer

Social Impact Strategy and Innovation is taught by Dr. Allison Boxer, Sorenson Impact Center Managing Director. Allison leads all academic programming for the Center with a focus on embedding social impact. In addition to teaching, Allison advises on the MAPS grant, which focuses on more equitable and student-centric futures in higher education through the concert of data science, student perspectives, and cross-sector collaboration.

Allison received her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California (USC), Rossier School of Education, where her dissertation research focused on the role of higher education institutions in social and economic development. She graduated from Harvard Business School with a Masters in Business Administration and St. Olaf College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology.

Social Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A dynamic exploration into social impact entrepreneurship, this course will introduce students to the rapidly-growing field of social entrepreneurship and innovation. Students will examine a wide variety of approaches to solving social problems that use tools traditionally employed in business with an emphasis on innovation and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.


  • ENTP 2030-001
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Open to all majors
  • No prerequisites
The social impact courses are open to all registered University of Utah students. Visit the University of Utah admissions website to learn more.