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Rasheda L. Weaver

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Iona College
Chapter Member: New York City SSN
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Weaver conducted the first large-scale study of the social, economic, and legal activities of social enterprises in the United States. Her research analyzes how entrepreneurship may be utilized as a strategy for poverty alleviation and community economic development. She is currently developing Weaver’s Social Enterprise Directory, a national directory for social enterprises across the nation.

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"Investing in the Poor Through Social Enterprise Self-Employment Programs," Rasheda L. Weaver, Huffington Post, July 25, 2017.
"What are Social Enterprises Doing to Address Racism in America?," Rasheda L. Weaver, Huffington Post, October 13, 2016.
Rasheda L. Weaver quoted on social enterprise by David Brodwin, "Building a Better Windy City" U.S. News & World Report, May 23, 2016.
Rasheda L. Weaver's research on community development discussed by "Rutgers Ph.D. Student Helps Revitalize Park in Camden," South Jersey Journal, December 31, 2014.
Rasheda L. Weaver's research on community development discussed by "Rutgers–Camden Ph.D. Student Proving to be Valuable Asset to Camden Community-Based Efforts," Rutgers Today, December 3, 2014.


"Insights for Measuring Social Value: Classification of Measures Related to the Capabilities Approach" (with Shoko Kato and Shena R. Ashley). VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2017): 1-12.

Introduces the theoretical framework and to present what some of the measures and instruments might look like, at least in part, based on applications in other contexts.

"Social Enterprise Self-Employment Programs: A Two-Dimensional Strategy for Human Capital Investment" Social Enterprise Journal 12, no. 1 (2016): 4-20.

Introduces and illustrates how social enterprise self-employment programs (SEPs) can foster human capital, a predictor of economic growth and development. Provides cases of human capital-oriented social enterprises that outline different business forms for social enterprise SEPs.