Enactus (formerly SIFE) is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world. Expanding into 39 countries, Enactus involves 1,600 participating colleges and universities.
An annual series of regional and national competitions allow Enactus teams to present their project results before a panel of judges involving many of today’s top business leaders. The top teams from each bracket at the Regional Competition advance to the National Competition and compete against some of the nation’s most elite universities. During the 2010-2011 school year, the Bryan College Enactus team advanced to the National Exposition that was held in Minneapolis, MN. Likewise, the 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams advanced to nationals held in Kansas City, MO.
Enactus has many corporate and organizational partners that support and sponsor the organization such as Wal-Mart, The Coca Cola Company, Lowes, Pepsico, Procter and Gamble, and Frito Lay, among others. During the regional and national competitions, Enactus students have the opportunity to network with professionals from many of these corporations and build contacts for future employment. In the last few years, Bryan College Enactus students have been employed by companies such as Clorox, SAP, Aramark, Sam’s Club, and Northwestern Mutual.
Some of the ways students can profit from Enactus are the following:
- Reinforcing learned studies in a practical and realistic environment
- Developing essential leadership skills
- Providing valuable experience for future careers
- Strengthening a resume
- Fostering a community of dedicated individuals that works together to make a difference in the world
Enactus for College Credit
Bryan College now offers Enactus as a one credit hour co-curricular activity. The following classes are taught collectively and simultaneously by the Enactus faculty advisor once a week. (These classes are open to all students at Bryan College and will count as one credit hour towards a general elective*.)
- BUS 161 Introductory Free Market Studies
- BUS 261 Applied Free Market Studies
- BUS 361 Applied Free Market Leadership
- BUS 461 Executive Free Market Leadership
During class time, the faculty advisor will provide instruction on leadership, project management, negotiation, team building, and conflict resolution skills as well as assist in organizing and planning Enactus service projects. Students are required to perform at least 30 hours on service projects outside the classroom.
Classes may be repeated for additional credit.
Business students who complete BUS 361 and/or 461 may apply these credit hours toward their internship requirement.
*Students who choose not to take Enactus for credit can still participate in Enactus as participants of an on-campus organization.