page26-1One of the most prominent examples of Roberts faculty and students involved in experiential learning is through the work of Enactus (meaning “Entrepreneurial Action, With Us” and formerly known as SIFE), a thriving, student-led business organization focused on social enterprise and community need. Enactus is an international nonprofit that spans 62,000 students and 1,600 universities in 39 countries. Led by professors Carrie and Ervin Starr of Roberts’ Department of Business, the Roberts Enactus team is ranked in the top 1% of teams in the United States, having placed fifth in the nation for the past two years.

The Roberts Enactus team exemplifies learning by doing through its innovative approach of addressing community need through the lens of business entrepreneurship. Working with the Rochester City School District through Project Elev8, Enactus addresses factors related to school delinquency and high school dropout rates. Enactus members also work directly with the regional C.A.S.H. Coalition to help provide freetax preparation and financial counseling to low-income working families in our local community who cannot afford to pay for tax services. Additional partnerships include Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger program and reSTORE, which assists local inner-city small businesses in strategic development and sustainability. Globally, Enactus also partners with organizations in India and Guatemala, helping develop sustainable social-enterprise practices that can help provide funding for the societal and educational needs of orphans in multiple communities.