Campbell University: Cooking Up Social Change

Campbell University, a growing campus that has anchored Buies Creek, North Carolina, since its 1887 founding as Buies Creek Academy, didn’t have to become a Sullivan School to lead its students into lives of service. The institution’s mission is “to graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service.”

But Campbell’s focus on civic responsibility converges perfectly with the Sullivan Foundation’s support of changemakers intent on improving lives and outlooks.

Campbell’s more than 6,200 students prepare to be servant leaders in disciplines from business to medicine, sports management to engineering, divinity to homeland security, to name just a few. The student body logs an average of 80,000 service hours yearly in projects such as an annual spring Inasmuch Day of Service and a Mustard Seed Community Garden that donates produce to a local food pantry.

Ready to ignite

Campbell’s longtime focus on service today aims directly at the needs of underserved communities–globally, nationally, and especially in rural areas. Intent on building on Campbell’s history with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, the office of its president, Dr. J. Bradley Creed, issued a University-wide memo calling on all undergraduate deans to nominate their most promising changemakers to attend the October 2017 Ignite Retreat in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Not surprisingly, Kelly Fuqua and Daphanie Doane, the president and vice-president of Campbell’s Social Entrepreneurship Club, respectively, were among the 11 Campbell Camels who attended the retreat. Both were attending Ignite for the second time. They went to Ignite the first time to define social entrepreneurship for themselves.

“Last year I attended the Ignite retreat to truly get a better understanding of what social entrepreneurship is and what it means to be a social entrepreneur,” says Doane. “It really opened my eyes into the world of social change and what I could do to better my local community.”

This time around, Fuqua and Doane went to Ignite to hone their skills at organizing, networking, fundraising, and promoting social change programs on campus. Involved in myriad projects and carrying hefty course loads, both name Campbell SOUP as their “pet project” and want to boost student participation for the next event.

Hungry for innovation

Based on a Detroit SOUP community peer-to-peer funding model launched in 2010, Doane describes Campbell SOUP as “a micro-granting dinner that provides the opportunity for local start-ups, non-profits, or anyone with an idea to win funds to support their project.” Attendees pay $5 at the door for a meal of bread, salad, soup, a drink, and a voting ballot. They listen to presenters’ five-minute pitches, then vote to fund the most deserving, winner-take-all project.

SOUP at Campbell was started in 2016 by the Social Entrepreneurship club’s then-president Diane Ford, who also attended two Ignite retreats, including one with Doane and Fuqua. After hosting successful events in November 2016 and April 2017, Ford graduated in May and handed over the reins of the club, and the SOUP, to her friends.

Attendees of the most recent SOUP came to Campbell’s Lynch Auditorium and voted Buddy Backpack of Angier the winner, providing the organization with the proceeds of the evening, matched by the Campbell Office of Spiritual Life. Buddy Backpack provides low-income elementary schoolers with nutritious food over school-year weekends and holidays, and the Campbell event is funding this for one student for more than a year.

 

Finding inspiration in service

2019 BBA/MBA candidate Fuqua is driven by a desire to see renewed hope and faith carried out in action. She volunteered with New Hanover County Teen Court all through high school, an experience that influenced her chosen career path.

“I want to pursue juvenile justice, among other things,” she says. “To change the way younger generations view legal systems, authorities, and general respect.”

Doane’s changemaking resolve was strengthened last summer working as a mentor for the Campbell Youth Theological Institute, which focused on social change. She worked with the Five N Two food pantry in Harnett County as well as the Metanoia Community in Charleston, South Carolina.

“It was amazing to see the projects they had set in place and had accomplished to better their community,” says Doane.

Before the spring Ignite retreat in Raleigh, North Carolina, Doane and Fuqua will accompany Professor Scott Kelly, Instructor of Business & Entrepreneurship, to the 19th Annual Social Enterprise Conference presented by students at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. And then there’s program planning–including a beefed-up Campbell SOUP–for the University’s 12th annual Business Week event April 2-6, 2018. Fuqua and Doane were instrumental in shaping the Social Entrepreneurship theme of the weeklong event.

How Malawi’s Pizza Is Leading the Social Enterprise Movement in the Pizzeria Segment

As part of its mission to combat food insecurity in Malawi, Africa, Malawi’s Pizza donates meals made with locally grown grains to feed hungry children.

At Malawi’s Pizza, headquartered in Provo, Utah, every pizza sold means a free nutritious meal for a hungry child in Africa.

With four locations in Utah, Texas and Virginia, Malawi’s Pizza is one of a number of social enterprises in the pizza restaurant segment. The company’s slogan, “Pizza With a Purpose,” reflects its mission to combat food insecurity, while its name refers to the geographic focus of that mission: Malawi, a small nation in southern Africa that’s considered one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.

Chef Kent Anderson co-founded Malawi’s Pizza as a social enterprise to address food insecurity in Malawi.

Co-founded in 2010 by Blake Roney and Chef Kent Anderson, Malawi’s Pizza works with the international aid organization, Feed the Children. Every month, Malawi’s management team tallies up the number of meals sold to its customers, then donates funds to produce the same number of meals for Malawi children facing food insecurity. The meals use locally grown grains—such as maize, soybean and millet—which are milled and blended with essential vitamins and nutrients before packaging and distribution to children in need. The nutritive supplement is specifically designed for growing children’s bodies.

As of late 2017, the company had donated more than 1 million meals. Each Malawi’s franchisee also partners with a local hunger-fighting charity.

“The donations are a one-for-one exchange—for every guest we serve, we feed a child who otherwise would not eat that day,” Anderson told Fast Casual.

Kids in the tiny, impoverished African nation of Malawi deal with food insecurity every day.

Concepts like Malawi’s touch a chord with younger Americans, who also happen to love pizza. “Consumers are interested in more meaning from their dining experience,” said Dr. Ben Litalien, founder and principal of Franchise Well, which developed the model for Malawi’s. “They want transparency in the menu, cooking methods, and even in the ownership, with an emphasis on local. Malawi’s franchise is timely and naturally appeals to experience-minded consumers, with an open format and a commitment to making a difference through the meal donation program.”

5000 Pies offers culinary training to help prepare young adults for careers in the foodservice industry.

Although the concept of social entrepreneurship has deep roots in the UK and in many under-developed countries, it has only recently begun to flourish in the U.S. But a number of pizza restaurants have joined the movement, including 5000 Pies, which offers culinary training and life-skills coaching to young adults in West Long Beach, California, and Cornerstone Pizza, founded by a St. Ignatius, Montana pastor, which funnels all of its profits into the local public schools and other nonprofits.

Litalien noted that American consumers, especially millennials, are looking for “deeper meaning in all aspects of life experiences and not just a transaction. Millennials consider anything they do or buy via their smartphone a transaction, so fixed-location concepts must focus on deeper experiential environments to draw them in. Chef-inspired Malawi’s is crossing the demographic divide with meaning for millennials and gourmet meals for boomers. Franchise concepts of the future would do well to pay attention.”

This article was reprinted by permission of PMQ Pizza Magazine.

High-Fashion Brand Creates Jobs for Female Prisoners

In under-developed countries like Thailand and Peru, extreme poverty can lead women—especially young mothers—to acts of desperation, and that can lead to prison. But Danish social entrepreneur Veronica D’Souza has hit upon a way to help female inmates make a living wage behind bars—through the power of high fashion.

D’Souza and her partner, Louise van Hauen, founded Carcel, an online fashion brand featuring clothing made by female prisoners, in 2016, according to Forbes.com. Carcel’s employees are mostly young mothers from impoverished circumstances who committed crimes to feed or buy medicine for their children.

Female prisoners in under-developed countries are helping create designer clothing in the minimalist style popular in Denmark.

Carcel employees work between four and five hours a day, five days a week, and earn a salary in accordance with the national living wage set by the International Labour Organization. They make everything from sweaters and jogging pants to skirts and dresses, using fabrics made from baby alpaca wool and silk. And their designs have landed Carcel on the Zoe Report’s list of “7 Danish Fashion Brands Every It Girl Keeps Tabs On.”

D’Souza also operates the mission-driven business, Ruby Cup, which educates poor women and girls about menstrual hygiene. When her travels brought her to a women’s prison, she began to hatch her idea for Carcel.

“I was curious about why these women were incarcerated—I had no images of what the prisons would be like,” D’Souza told Forbes. “The first thing that struck me when I entered was the fact that it felt like a village. These were ordinary women who had to provide for their families and ended up committing crimes such as drug trafficking or theft.”

These female inmates – mostly non-violent women from impoverished backgrounds – are making a living wage behind bars working for Carcel.

The women whiled away the long hours with craftwork, D’Souza noted. “Prisoners are encouraged to engage in activities, but these women didn’t have anywhere to sell their products, and when they got out, they were further impoverished, which felt wasteful. The idea of turning forgotten resources into dignified jobs was born.”

Carcel’s website openly describes the company’s use of prison labor to manufacture its goods. A new line of silk clothing, the home page states, was “made by incredible women in a maximum security prison in Chiang Mai,” a region of Thailand.

The site page describing the silk line continues: “More than 2,000 women are doing time (in the prison), 80% of them for drug-related crimes. Ten sewing machines on the second floor are operated by our wonderful team of women. They’re making flawless twill dresses, heavy denim-looking jackets, hand-embroidered bucket bags and checkered blazers.”

Carcel’s apparel for women are made with high-quality silks and baby alpaca wool.

Carcel’s apparel are designed in a simple, minimalist style popular in Denmark. Every garment created by the prisoners bears a simple inside label with the name of the woman who made it.

Working for Carcel helps the female inmates take care of the loved ones they left behind, D’Souza told Forbes. “Working with a maximum-security prison means that the women have long sentences, so it’s important to focus on skills training and how this job can enable them to support their families financially from the inside.”

“When social entrepreneurship meets fashion, there’s room for pioneers,” D’Souza added. “It’s a dream for us to create a model that’s impactful socially and can be an example. Hopefully, big corporations will see that there’s a market for fashion that solves social problems.”

Ex-Offender Creates App to Keep Prisoners Connected With Their Families

When a judge sentenced Marcus Bullock to eight years in prison for carjacking, the teenager had every reason to believe his life was pretty much over. He was 15 years old, thrown into a pitiless and brutal penal system and largely cut off from the outside world. But he had one lifeline: frequent letters from his mother.

Bullock survived incarceration, thanks to those letters, and never forgot what they meant to him. Now 37, he has co-created Flikshop, an app designed to facilitate communications between the nation’s 2.1 million inmates—who are not allowed to keep smartphones, tablets or computers in prison—and the loved ones (or kindhearted strangers) who want to stay in touch with them.

Since few people write letters anymore, the vast majority of prisoners languish in their cells without hearing much from their loved ones back home. No access to mobile devices means no Facebook, no Instagram, no texts or Facetime. But Flikshop offers an ingenious solution. Subscribers can send messages and pictures to inmates for 99 cents apiece. The photos and text are printed out in the form of picture postcards and delivered to inmates via snail-mail around the U.S.

“When you are in prison, getting mail is like hitting the lottery,” Bullock told TheUndefeated.com. “It is your connection to the outside world.”

Marcus Bullock as a high-school hoops player.

Bullock has become an outspoken advocate for sentencing reform since his own release. He travels the country and speaks to audiences about his experiences in prison and his journey from ex-con to entrepreneur. The Flikshop app, meanwhile, has attracted some big-name investors, including John Legend and former NBA star Baron Davis. It also scored a $120,000 investment from Techstars, a worldwide network that provides funding and consulting support for startups ventures.

The Campaign for Youth Justice, an organization dedicated to halting the prosecution and incarceration of juvenile offenders as adults, uses Flikshop to send messages to hundreds of inmates who were sent to adult prisons as children. Marcy Mistrett, the organization’s CEO, called Flikshop “a critical, critical way for people who are incarcerated to stay connected. Connection to family and positive social networks is the single most important indicator of successful re-entry into society when people are released from prison.”

Google, SAP to Sponsor Global Contest for Social Entrepreneurs

Google and SAP will sponsor an international contest to find social entrepreneurs with original ideas that can impact global economic sustainability.

The companies announced the Circular Economy 2030 contest at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, this week. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit viable, revenue-generating business plans that use data analytics and machine learning to promote sustainable consumption and production through recycling, reuse, refurbishing and repair.

According to ZDNet.com, a circular economy refers to “a holistic system that designs out waste and pollution, keeps products in use and regenerates natural resources. That could mean anything from eco-friendly packaging solutions to sustainable agriculture.”

SAP estimates that a circular economy could generate $4.5 trillion in new economic output by 2030.

“SAP is proud to partner with Google Cloud to further our commitment to sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals while we strive for a circular economy,” said Alicia Tillman, SAP’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. “At SAP, we embrace the challenge of environmental responsibility and believe it is our duty to put our technology to use to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Teaming up with Google Cloud and environmental entrepreneurs, the sky is the limit.”

The deadline for applications is March 17. Five finalists will be selected and introduced at the Google Cloud Next Conference, scheduled for April 9-11. Finalists will then participate in an “in-person hackathon” on April 12 in San Francisco. Here, they vie for the first-place award of more than $100,000 in prize money and benefits as well as participation in Google Cloud for Startups’ Bootcamp and one-on-one membership. The other finalists receive $25,000 in cash.

Letter from the President

As always, thank you to our students, to our faculty, to our alumni, and to our friends for taking a look at the new issue of Engage. This marks our tenth edition and our fifth year of producing this magazine, and I hope it’s been as enjoyable for you to peruse as it has been for us to create. Nothing brings the staff at the Sullivan Foundation more pride than digging into what our schools are up to in service and social entrepreneurship.

As I scan through the pages in this issue, I notice a trend. Building community is a crucial part of creating a better world, and our schools are working hard to create supportive, innovative communities that serve on their campuses and in their communities.

At the same time, the Foundation is at the dawn of a new day in which we hope to broaden our own community building efforts—expanding our media outreach, increasing our programming, and strengthening the ties between Sullivan Award and Scholarship recipients, alumni, and friends. We all work better when we work together. The stories in this issue are an inspiration for us as we continue to improve and become an ever more beneficial presence in the lives of students.

I’m also proud to feature several schools in this issue that we’ve never written about before. It’s amazing that we can fill ten magazines with stories and still have more schools left to write about.

But that’s the nature of the Sullivan family. Thanks for reading, and please stay in touch,

Stephan L. McDavid,
President

Letter from the President

Hello to all, and welcome to the 11th issue of Engage. As always, it’s an exciting time here at the Sullivan Foundation. Our Ignite retreats and faculty summits saw record attendance in 2018, and we’ll continue to expand our offerings in 2019. Our faculty fellows have used our resources to do amazing things on campuses and around the world. And our award winners are inspirational people making real, tangible changes in lives and communities.

You’ll meet some of these outstanding people inside the pages of this issue. Whether it’s Randolph-Macon College travelling to support a community in Guatemala, award recipient Cindy Jackson’s inspiring work to treat burn victims all over South America, or the quietly inspirational life of late alumnus Ray Bottom, who dedicated himself to his own community for decades at Randolph-Macon—it’s the work of people that make this community the amazing thing it is.

As always, we want to hear your stories, so feel free to send us one if you have something you wish to share. We might just be able to feature it here or on our website.

Speaking of the website, we’ve revamped it with a new design and new features to make it more informative and useful for members of the Sullivan family. Drop by and take a look when you get a chance. It’s at sullivanfdn.org.

Thanks as always for your interest in the work we do and for doing the outstanding work that you do. You continue to make us proud.

Stephan L. McDavid,

President

A natural changemaker

2018 Sullivan Award recipient Sarah Coffey is a leader and a champion for environmental issues

People at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida can tell you right off the bat why Sarah Coffey was an ideal candidate for a Sullivan Award.

“Oh, where to begin with Sarah?” says Wendy Anderson, professor and chair of Stetson’s Environmental Science and Studies Department. “My experience mentoring Sarah and watching her blossom is almost too sacred to be distilled to a few soundbites.

“She is a superstar student, of course. But, I would add this: Sarah has a heart of gold and a compassionate and humble spirit. She is genuinely thoughtful and caring to both those she loves and those whom she feels called to serve. Motivated by an overwhelming empathy for all people and creatures—the very living earth itself—Sarah wakes each day striving to make a difference in every moment of the day.”

When Coffey received her award in May, it was the culmination of a tremendous collegiate career in the classroom and the community. Both her academic and her service work center on environmental issues—Coffey has a passion for nature that’s difficult to understate.

“I guess what I want to do is just change people’s way of thinking [about the environment],” she says. “And I want to try to inspire people to be compassionate.”

A servant and an activist

As a student, Coffey was especially passionate about engaging children in gardening and in teaching the importance of growing their own food. She headed the campus garden club, Hatter Harvest, and volunteered with Boys & Girls Clubs.

Coffey also worked to halt the abuse of migrant labor in Florida’s agricultural industry, working with local members of the Farmworker Association of Florida, a group dedicated to equity and justice. Her devotion to the cause even prompted her to learn Spanish.

A remarkable resumé

Coffey, who has lived all over the U.S. before arriving in Florida, loves nature in all its forms

Coffey, who has lived all over the U.S. before arriving in Florida, loves nature in all its forms

Coffey became the university’s first Environmental Values Fellow as a first-year student, a 2016 Udall Scholar for her environmental initiatives and engagement with the Stetson community, and a 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow by virtue of her social-justice activism. For good measure, she also tallied all straight A’s in the classroom as an environmental science and geography major.

The Udall scholarship provided the chance to explore fields related to health care and tribal public policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Newman Civic Fellows Award, another national distinction, honored Coffey as a member of the “next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders.”

Most recently, in April just before graduation, Coffey was part of 2018 Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Each year, 60 top student research projects are selected from hundreds of applications, with students and their faculty mentors presenting research on Capitol Hill. Coffey’s research centered on the fire history of the San Juan Islands Washington.

Ready for the fight ahead

Part of Coffey’s admiration for nature comes from just how much of it she’s seen, having lived in New Mexico, Oregon, Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia, and Florida. An appreciation for nature in all its forms was built into her upbringing.

“I grew up with a personal relationship with the natural world and have always recognized this as an integral part of what it means to be human,” says Coffey. “It is distressing to see how many of us have lost this connection.”

Undaunted, Coffey intends to forge ahead. Her next stop is the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where she will continue her education with an emphasis on community food forests. Not surprisingly, she has a paid assistantship waiting for her, and research is already planned for this summer.

This story was adapted from an article by Michael Candelaria of Stetson University. To read the original piece or to read more Stetson news, visit stetson.edu/today.

This Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Has Another Secret: She’s Also a Social Entrepreneur

A supermodel’s work is never done, especially when she’s also a social entrepreneur like Leomie Anderson.

Anderson first earned fame for her smoldering beauty and the way she looks in lingerie, but she has parlayed that fame into a side career that blends high fashion with activism on women’s issues, according to Forbes.com.

The 25-year-old British-born model booked her first catwalk show with Marc Jacobs when she was 17. Jobs for Tom Ford, Chloe, Yeezy and Fenty Puma followed, leading to one of the hottest gigs in the fashion world—modeling for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Anderson is also one of the faces for Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s makeup brand.

But with great fame comes great responsibility, Anderson believes. After building a following with her Youtube channel, “Cracked China Cup,” she became an in-demand public speaker, visiting schools and talking to young girls about the issues they face in their everyday lives.

“After attending a few speaking engagements,” writes Tommy Williams in Forbes, “it dawned on her that many of the women she encountered were asking questions for which answers ought to be readily available.”

To provide those answers, Anderson launched her blogging platform, LAPP (Leomie Anderson the Project the Purpose), on which women and girls share their stories, exchange perspectives, and keep up on the latest topics, ranging from race relations and body image issues to pregnancy, patriarchal dominance and sex.

To fund the platform and continue generating high-quality content without charging for subscriptions or soliciting advertisements, Anderson created LAPP the Brand for which she developed a full line of fashionable and functional sports luxe wear. The company’s slogan, “Championing Women’s Issues Through Fashion,” reflect Anderson’s commitment to providing women and girls with a voice while encouraging healthy, active lifestyles.

Leomie Anderson uses her fashion brand to support her activism in support of women’s issues.

And her clothing line also reflects Anderson’s take-no-prisoners approach to defending women’s rights. When Rihanna wore the LAPP Brand’s “This P***y Grabs Back” sweatshirt at the Women’s March in New York last year, the world took notice. Vogue magazine singled the pop superstar out for sporting “the coolest protest look” at the event.

“This moment means a lot to me and the brand for so many reasons,” Anderson told Yahoo Style after the march. “The fact [Rihanna] chose to wear it to the iconic #womensmarch in NYC over anything else she had in her wardrobe is crazy. She is one of my biggest inspirations; she works hard, owns her sexuality and is genuinely so talented—everything that LAPP represents—and I hope that her supporting the brand will draw more women into the blog aspect as well as the clothes and [that they will] be interested in submitting a piece for LAPP.”

Once her modeling days are behind her, Anderson plans to stick with her LAPP mission. She told Forbes that she envisions a future for LAPP in which the brand will “have changed the lives of many women and given them access to much more information.”

The world inside a house

Sullivan school Washington and Lee combines international dialogue and service for a unique student experience

 

A Service House student chops meat while working at the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee, a project that reuses food that would otherwise go to waste. The CKWL is a primary service project for house residents.

During a snowball fight last year at Washington and Lee University’s Global Service House, the camaraderie of students could be heard in their laughter.

“It was really exciting, because a lot of us had never played in snow before,” says Sofia Sequeira, a native Costa Rican and the house’s former resident adviser. “It really made us bond and become close friends.”

A novel idea

Students goof around while carving pumpkins

The facility opened in fall 2012 and houses 17 students—approximately 60 percent international students and 40 percent domestic students.

In addition to bringing international and domestic students together, the house unites students that care about service. When Larry Boetsch, director of W&L’s Center for International Education, was researching the university’s Global Learning Initiative, he discovered that a high percentage of international students volunteer in the local community.

“What satisfies me the most is that the students themselves have really taken the initiative to make this work,” says Boetsch. “They’re a terrific group of students, and they understand exactly what we are trying to do. We haven’t set any rules or guidelines with regards to the way the house functions; the students have done it on their own. So they are responsible for its success.”

Bringing it all home

Sofia Sequeira

The experience of living there is as illuminating for domestic students as it is for international students.

“I have learned more about the cultures of other students and about the world than I ever thought I could without actually leaving the United States,” says New Jersey native Maya Epelbaum.

Trevin Ivory from Oklahoma City agrees. He and his housemate, Mohammed Adudayyeh, who is a Palestinian from the West Bank, have formed a friendship and started a dialogue.

“Mohammed and I have had many discussions about the differences in our cultures,” he says. “He’s Muslim and I’m Christian, so we’ve talked about the differences between our two religions. We all know each other and we all like each other, so it’s a very fun time. It also allows me to interact with people I wouldn’t normally be able to, such as students from Brazil or Germany.”

Serving side by side

In addition to learning from each other and serving together, students in the house find time to have fun

The students have provided their peers with new opportunities by introducing each other to their personal volunteer projects.

“A lot of students are really committed to community service, and they invite other students to their activities, such as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, recycling, or tutoring children in Lexington,” says Sequeira.

The facility is, in fact, a tangible manifestation of W&L’s Global Learning Strategy.

“The students in the Global Service House today are a special group,” Boetsch says. “Honestly, I think it is an achievement of which we should be very proud and something which, in terms of the whole global learning initiative, is absolutely essential.”

This article is an edited version of a piece that appeared originally on W&L’s website. For more W&L news, visit columns.wlu.edu.