The Center for Social Impact is committed to offering a variety of events, programs, alternative breaks, and academic opportunities, in addition to connections to community partner organizations and basic needs resources. Regardless of discipline or interest, there is something for every student at UVU. Scroll through the descriptions and links of opportunities listed below, or if you know which opportunity you want to learn more about.

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Impact Fellows

The Impact Fellows are student leaders who represent each of the Six Pathways of Social Impact, alternative breaks, design, and outreach. You can apply to become a fellow each spring semester.

Our student staff are happy to meet and talk about the Pathways and any of the many opportunities available through the Center. Learn more about our staff page.

Social Impact Student Association

The Social Impact Student Association (SISA) is a group that meets weekly to plan and engage in social impact activities and discuss social change. All UVU students are welcome to attend.

Learn more about our student association


Addressing Social Problems

Students who are passionate about understanding and addressing social problems can get involved in the following programs:

  • The Social Impact Incubator program, where you can apply for funding to research a social problem, then implement a strategic intervention to address it.
  • Map the System, where a team can map a social problem, then compete for a chance to go to Oxford for the annual competition.
  • The SimLab, where student employees help track data and metrics to drive impact at local organizations.

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks are trips where students engage with a social problem through one or more of the six pathways to social impact. Each trip is carefully curated to

  • help students develop empathy
  • examine their assumptions
  • explore social problems outside of Utah Valley
  • develop patterns of involvement in their own communities.

Our current options include trips to San Diego, Navajo Nation, Morocco, and more!

Learn more about Alternative Breaks


Academic Opportunities

In addition to extra-curricular programs, the Center for Social Impact also provides academic opportunities to allow students to progress towards graduation while learning social impact strategy, earning transcript distinction, and getting involved in the community through service learning.

Events & Volunteerism

The Center for Social Impact holds several events per semester, with focus on addressing social issues through the Six Pathways. These include experiences such as the Clothesline Project, which brings awareness to survivors of abuse, and the Hunger Banquet, which highlights the reality of food insecurity.


Faculty Involvement

The Center for Social Impact is always looking for faculty partnership. We would love to support you in integrating service learning to your courses, or connect you with students who could use your expertise.

Basic Needs

UVU's Food Pantry is located in the Center for Social Impact, and is available to students, faculty, and staff who may be struggling to make ends meet or with any type of food insecurity. Meal vouchers are also available for use up to three times per semester.

Learn more about the Food Pantry


If you would like someone from our office to present on the services we have to offer or on another specific topic such as:

  • social impact
  • service-learning
  • volunteerism
  • basic needs and care
  • another topic of your choice

Contact Lori Phipps at or call 801-863- 8786 to schedule a presentation.