Student Stories

Changemaker Spotlight: Annie Belcastro

6 May 2021
Annie Belcastro is an alumnus of the Centre for Social Impact UWA. When Annie Belcastro went to meet with a career counsellor she was looking for a more community minded ...

Dara Read: Tackling the justice system

29 March 2021
Dara Read studied the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at CSI UNSW and received the GCSI Board Scholarship in 2019. At heart, Dara Read is a problem solver, interested in ...

Gareth Durrant: Pursuing a portfolio career

19 March 2021
Gareth Durrant is an alumnus of our Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at CSI UWA. With a career spanning public health, international development, business development, design, consultancy and social impact, ...

Birdy Bird: A passion for problem solving

8 March 2021
Birdy Bird is studying a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact with CSI UNSW. Birdy Bird never set out to pursue a particular career path, though looking back they see connections ...

Kathleen Ridgwell: Measuring the impact

17 February 2021
Kathleen Ridgwell is driven by a passion for community - for making communities safer, happier, healthier and more vibrant places to live. Working in a senior role for the City ...

Michael Ho: Rising to the occasion

11 February 2021
Michael Ho is studying a MBA (Social Impact) with CSI UNSW and was the recipient of 2020 scholarship. With a full-time job and a second baby on the way, Michael ...

Gabrielle King: Supporting women at Inspiring Rare Birds

6 January 2021
Gabrielle King is studying CSI UNSW’s Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and was the recipient of the Robin Crawford Memorial Scholarship in 2020. Gabrielle King speaks passionately about Inspiring Rare ...

Changemaker Spotlight: Alison Carter

16 December 2020
Alison Carter is studying an MBA Social Impact at UNSW. Alison Carter didn’t move to Myanmar in 2014 with dreams of starting a social enterprise. Though her career in foreign ...

Stephanie Rajalingam: Feeding her curiosity

25 November 2020
Stephanie Rajalingam is studying a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the Centre for Social Impact UWA and was the recipient of a CSI scholarship in 2020. Stephanie Rajalingam never ...

Luke Robinson: Applying a business lens to impact

9 November 2020
Luke Robinson is currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the Centre for Social Impact UNSW. Luke Robinson’s childhood dream of becoming a pharmacist is a far cry ...

Changemaker Spotlight: Levi Fernandez

27 September 2020
Levi Fernandez is studying a Graduate Certificate of Social Impact at the Centre for Social Impact CSI Swinburne and was the recipient of a CSI scholarship in 2020. Considering he ...

Bryony Parker: Taking a risk for success

6 March 2020
Bryony Parker completed her Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the Centre for Social Impact UWA in 2019. Bryony Parker’s determination to develop both personally and professionally led her to ...

The wisdom of masala chai: Lessons from India

14 February 2020
Ivy Nguyen (pictured above, front right) is studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Media with UNSW and recently completed CSI’s COMM3030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum – India. During her time in ...

Sean Kahn: Inaugural Robin Crawford Memorial Scholarship recipient

18 December 2019
Sean Kahn is studying CSI UNSW’s Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and was the recipient of the inaugural Robin Crawford Memorial Scholarship in 2019. When Sean realised early on in ...

Maddii Maguire: Making a local impact

4 December 2019
Maddii Maguire completed COMM1000: Creating Social Change – From Innovation to Impact, as a general elective while completing the first year of a Bachelor of Media in Public Relations and ...

Penny Miller: Living her purpose

20 November 2019
Penny Miller is currently studying CSI NSW’s Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and was the recipient of a CSI scholarship. Penny always knew she wanted to work with people and ...

Peter Cooley: CSI's first Indigenous graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

5 August 2019
Peter Cooley, CEO of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, was the first Indigenous graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at UNSW. CSI caught up with Peter to find ...

Kurt McLachlan’s experience of the GCSI and MBA (Social Impact)

2 July 2019
“I’d been working in social impact investment for 4 years before I started the Graduate Certificate of Social Impact (GCSI). I really wanted to know whether what I doing was ...

Mel Butcher's 2018 Social Impact Field Trip to India

27 June 2019
"The India course challenged me in a good way, particularly when it came to the rapid development and testing of ideas in such a different environment. Before embarking on the ...

Toby Dawson's 2018 Social Impact Field Trip to India

17 June 2019
“I’ve just finished a week long intensive in Bangalore in India and it’s been an absolutely fascinating experience… a great combination of theoretical and technical tools as well as practical ...

Janet Liu's Social Impact Field Trip to India

17 June 2019
“What better way to test out the practical applicability of all the theory that you’ve learnt – and with an incredible group of change makers! This course isn’t for the ...

Febe Amelia Haryanto

8 May 2018
Febe is studying the  Master of Commerce program with dual specialisation in Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Febe was part of the team from UNSW Sydney ...

George Brown

14 March 2018
George is currently studying the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. George Brown is a descendant of the Walbunga people of Yuin Nation, and Latje Latje people Wiradjuri Nation. He grew ...

Kate Fazio

6 February 2018
Kate studied the Masters in Social Impact “I found the course to be an excellent introduction to the social impact space, providing me with a deeper understanding about the different ...

Heiko Plange

5 February 2018
Heiko studied the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. “I was part of the first cohort of students through. It was a very special group with representatives from Government, Corporates and ...

Janet Lui

1 February 2018
Janet studied the MBA in Social Impact When Janet was looking to study an MBA, one course and business school stood out above others. “There are several reasons I chose ...

Mark Harwood

1 February 2018
Mark studied the Masters of Social Impact “I really enjoyed how this course complemented the work I’m doing on the ground in the Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) unit ...

Jane Harwood

30 January 2018
Jane studied the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact "I started the course when I was working as Operations Manager at WANADA (Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies). ...

Suzanne Findlay

29 January 2018
Suzanne studied the Masters of Social Impact Suzanne had already made a career for herself in the superannuation and investments industry. But volunteering at a neighbourhood house sparked a thought ...

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