New student org combines social change with business model

By Quinton R. Arthur

Staff Reporter

New student org combines social change with business model

Members of RUSEG in the Spertus Lounge after their presentation. Photo Credit: Quinton R. Arthur

A new organization on campus is helping add to the social justice mission of the university. The Roosevelt University Social Entrepreneurship Group, or RUSEG, held their first event on campus.

According to the presentation, the mission of RUSEG is “to address social issues, implement new innovative ideas to persuade society to view social change and leadership from a different perspective.” The vision is “for creative and business-minded individuals to work together to produce social awareness to others while promoting change to society.”

The organization is in the process of planning the project they would like to work on and the business model. Currently, they are looking into fostering the workforce and development and community health.

RUSEG’s current initiative is encouraging students to support social enterprise with Kiva. According to their website, Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

The loan works in four steps. First, students can choose the borrower from hundreds of people around the world. Second, they make the loan to the borrower in amounts as little of $25. Third, contributors get repaid over increments. Lastly, contributors are encouraged to repeat to help facilitate someone else’s endeavor.

        Eric Synajie, one of the steering committee members of RUSEG believes that social entrepreneurship is about more than just yourself.

“In this life, it’s not just about making money,” said Synajie. “It’s also about helping others.”

        RUSEG plans to host is an Industry Talk on April 20. In the fall semester, they are planning a Presidential Forum to talk about public policy, extending the economy and addressing social change.

        Christian Geojardo, another committee member, left the audience with words to reflect on.

“Whatever you set to do when you leave [Roosevelt], you have to realize that what position you get, you recognize the principles the school is founded upon,” said Geojardo. “You leave something behind, so think positive.”

If students are interested, RUSEG holds their weekly meeting on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in Wabash 1017.

 

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