Student Coalition for Social Impact


The 2019 Winter Innovation Summit—the premier cross-industry event in social impact, innovation, and investing—will convene student social impact leaders from across the nation at the inaugural Student Coalition for Social Impact.

Student delegates will attend the Summit to engage with leading policymakers, funders, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs; forge lasting relationships with like-minded peers; and solve pressing social challenges during an intensive Impact Hack.


Join student leaders from across the nation to solve pressing social issues.


Impact Hack:



The topic for the 2019 “Impact Hack” is college affordability and student debt.

Picture this: After two full days of learning from social impact leaders about all kinds of issues and innovations, you get the chance to put some of it into practice. You and your peers will be escorted into a special room—full of office supplies for brainstorming, cozy spots to reflect, and all the snacks and caffeine you could ever need to keep you awake and thinking.

You will have all the facts you need about college affordability and student debt and what has been done to fix it. The Impact Hack will end precisely at midnight, after five hours "on lockdown.” You will present your solutions to university officials and Summit attendees the next day.

This is your moment to shine. If making changes that will improve the lives of future students sounds good to you, click here to register.


College Affordability & Student Loan Debt

College is expensive. Students who want the advantages of a degree have some combination of three options: friends and family can help the student pay, students can work while going to school, and/or students can take out a loan to cover the costs. Each of these options has drawbacks, and as tuition rises each year, young people are afforded less opportunities to become educated. This means that America overall will be less educated, which would be a detriment to the nation and ultimately the whole world.


Student Loan Debt

Outstanding student loan debt in 2018 is almost $1.5 trillion. To put that into perspective, if you counted from 1 to 1.5 trillion, it would take you about 47,600 years. Not only does the growing student loan debt make attending college less common and increasingly difficult for students, it also negatively affects the entire economy. In 2018, it was proven that a lack of small businesses and start-ups in addition to lower rates of home ownership are directly attributed to the rising amount of student debt in the United States.


College Affordability

Between 2008 and 2017, state funding for public colleges and universities dropped by $9 billion. These schools rely on funding to pay for quality professors, experiential learning programs, and activities that improve campus life. As a result, schools are cutting programs or raising tuition—or, most often, some combination of the two. Who loses most from these cuts? Students. They need programs and opportunities, supplied by a quality education, to help them stand out in both their personal and professional lives.


A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

With generous support from the University of Utah’s Office of the President and the American Dream Ideas Challenge.


For general questions, please contact:

Cassie Slattery, Program Facilitator or Estefanie Aguilar Padilla, Coalition Student Co-Chair