The Center for Social Impact and Innovation

  • The Center for Social Impact and Innovation

The Center for Social Impact and Innovation is dedicated to empowering innovative minds to create a sustainable and equitable world.


Through research, community engagement and cross-sectoral collaboration, the Center for Social Impact and Innovation seeks to re-imagine commerce and consumption as forces for a regenerative future. Leveraging GCNYC’s international legacy, the Center provides opportunities for broad-range cultural and intellectual exchange in service to global scholarship, social impact, and a circular economy.


The Center hosts events that bring together thought leaders in social impact.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, the Center is proud to host Resilience and Reconstruction, A Virtual Speaker Series Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Common Good.

Click here for details and to register for events.

Thesis Partnerships

A dynamic feature of the Center is the opportunity for GCNYC students to complete master’s theses in alignment and collaboration with businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies. Working closely with these partners, students apply their research to practical solutions for social improvement and the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

For Students Interested in a Thesis Partnership

Pursuing a Thesis Partnership is an elective activity and a successful thesis is not predicated on a thesis partnership.

Partnering with an organization can be done by way of an existing relationship a student may have or by way of an existing partner relationship through the Center for Social Impact and Innovation.

For Organizations Interested in Participating

Establishing a thesis partnership relationship with a student can begin with an existing relationship with a current GCNYC student or directly with the college who can pair you with a student whose thesis aligns to your organization’s objectives.

In partnering with a student on their masters thesis, your organization will be working closely with GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation, giving your organization access to a community of businesses, non-profits, professionals, and academia.


Interested students at any point in their studies at GCNYC can reach out directly to Michael Cohen or Kerri Quinn, Director of Academic Engagement.

Interested organizations seeking more information or to discuss further alignment of your business, non-profit, or governmental agency with the GCNYC thesis process, please reach out to Michael Cohen at to schedule a time to discuss.

For general information on thesis partnerships, please click here.

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