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Scott Warren '09 Named Spring 2017 Social Entrepreneur in Residence

October 20, 2016

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Social entrepreneur and Brown alum Scott Warren ’09 has been selected as a Taubman Fellow and Social Entrepreneur In Residence at Brown University for the coming spring semester.

The residency program, a partnership between the Swearer Center for Public Service and Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, brings an experienced social change leader to campus for a semester as an educator, advisor, and convener within Brown’s social innovation community.

Social entrepreneurs from countries including Canada, India, and Egypt and with recognition from Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, and Ashoka submitted applications for the residency.

Warren is the founder of Generation Citizen, a nonprofit that inspires youth to participate in politics by providing action civics education. Warren founded Generation Citizen during his senior year at Brown, and, under his leadership, the organization has launched chapters in five states and has taught over 30,000 students to drive change through civic engagement. Click here to learn more about Generation Citizen.

Warren’s interest in the residency stems from his desire to give back Brown and specifically to the Social Innovation Initiative at the Swearer Center. Inspired by on-campus activism in 2009, he created a plan to engage young people in civic action and worked closely with Alan Harlam, Director of Social Innovation at the Swearer Center, to put his idea in motion.

Seven years later, Warren is excited to return as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence because he attributes much of Generation Citizen’s success to the resources and mentorship he received at Brown. “In some ways it feels like I’ve never left the Brown family,” he says. “There’s no way Generation Citizen would be where it is without Brown.”

This spring Warren will have the opportunity to teach a course in social entrepreneurship, details of which will be announced shortly. Potential focuses include the importance of creating sustainable change and reflections on the privilege and power dynamics of working with low-income populations while attending an elite institution.

We look forward to welcoming Warren back to campus in Spring 2017. The residency was launched in Fall 2015 and Warren will be Brown’s second Social Entrepreneur In Residence (SEIR).  Applications for the Fall 2017 residency will be open soon. Please contact Alan_Harlam@brown.edu with any questions on the applications process.