USD Center for Peace and Commerce

The Hansen Summer Institute is partnering with the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) to include a three day workshop to learn about social entrepreneurship and, more importantly, to help develop innovative social ventures to create positive change in the face of social, environmental, and justice issues

HSI will include a three day social entrepreneurship workshop for Hansen Fellows. The workshop will inform Fellows about social entrepreneurship as a workable option for improving international economic development – a key ingredient for world peace. Not only will Fellows receive training on the nuts and bolts of social entrepreneurship, they will have the opportunity to formulate a social entrepreneurship proposal during the summer institute, present it to the other Hansen Fellows, and if it is chosen, receive a Hansen grant as seed capital for implementing it. This innovative program offers a comprehensive student experience that will live beyond the three weeks in San Diego.

Each participant can submit a social entrepreneurship proposal a as part of their application process. If aspiring participants do not submit a proposal for a social entrepreneurship project, this will not affect their ability to become Hansen Fellows. All proposals need to have an international component. All Fellows will participate in the two day workshop, and Hansen Fellows will participate in selecting the best ideas for funding after the workshop.


The CPC at the University of San Diego is a collaboration between the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at USD. The mission of the CPC is to enable students and faculty to build a more prosperous and peaceful world through innovative thinking and action, integrating business principles and effective management with positive peace building and poverty alleviation.