Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Lang Social Impact Fellowship

The Lang Center is piloting a post baccalaureate program (currently called the Lang Social Impact Fellowship) that is intended to empower alumni scholars to “scale up” (replicate, extend, or deepen project impact) and sustain their impactful solutions by providing additional funding and support including mentoring, training, and advising during the fellowship year. Key features of the Lang Social Impact Fellowship program include: mentoring, training, and ongoing project support.

Selection Criteria

  • Open to Swarthmore College alumni within 1 to 3 years of graduation.
  • Previously launched a social impact project that is ready to scale.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating social impact.
  • Organizational and leadership experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with the stakeholders and issue(s) in her/his/their area of focus.
  • Feasible plan to take new approaches or solutions to social problem to scale (replicate, extend, deepen social impact) in one year.
  • Evidence of entrepreneurial quality.
  • Track record of engaging (talking with, listening to) community groups or individuals beyond Swarthmore College.
  • Compelling social value proposition.
  • Persuasive plan to financially sustain the project beyond fellowship year.
  • Evidence of outcomes achieved thus far, and plans for social impact measurement during the fellowship year.
  • Commitment to work at least 20 hours per week on the project during the fellowship year.

Note: Because of their directly relevant experiences, senior Lang Scholars would not only be eligible to apply but likely would be strong candidates for this fellowship. However, other Swarthmore College alumni who, like Lang Scholars, meet the criteria listed above are also eligible to apply. 


Lang Social Impact Fellow Profiles

Raven Bennett ’17 graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and received High Honors with a major in psychology and a minor in educational studies. During her time at Swarthmore, Raven engaged in social activism efforts to prevent sexual violence.  She was an inaugural member of the Swarthmore College Title IX Student Advisory Team and Title IX Liaison Team. As a Lang Scholar, she created the Youth Activist Institute and the Fraternity Mentorship Program. Both initiatives were designed to prevent sexual violence by empowering participants to be activists. In her fellowship year, Raven will be replicating the Fraternity Mentorship Program, a sexual violence prevention program designed to capitalize on the strength of male peer relationships in fraternities in order to create positive culture change, at other US colleges and universities. Raven will also develop a business model to create sustainable infrastructure to support continued dissemination of the Fraternity Mentorship Program.

Fraternity Mentorship Program

Nimesh Ghimire ’15 graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in Economics. As a Periclean Scholar, Nimesh was deeply involved in experimenting with and learning from grassroots engagement and innovation models, having co-designed and implemented two Innovation Labs in rural Nepal – a space for community members collaboratively to design solutions to pressing local challenges – over the course of four years. Nimesh currently works as Renewal Manager for Ashoka’s Changemaker Campus program, where he works with 40+ colleges and universities in Ashoka’s network to help social innovation. For the fellowship year, Nimesh will focus on building the efforts at the Rural Innovation Lab and strengthening the Lab’s core program, while identifying steady revenue streams for sustainable grassroots innovation.

Rural Innovation Lab
85°East Program

In Gratitude

It is through the vision and generosity of Eugene M. Lang ’38 that communities facing significant challenges have come to know Swarthmore College students and alumni, including Raven and Nimesh, as social change makers. We are grateful for the opportunity to innovate and build upon the success of the Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program with this pilot program.