Congratulations to Michael Morris, professor of the practice, Keough School of Global Affairs, who was honored on Monday, Jan. 16, by South Bend Mayor James Mueller and the city of South Bend at the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Breakfast.
Morris received a proclamation praising his work "to bring entrepreneurship empowerment to those facing hardships" and for showing "commitment and concern for helping participants be successful in business."
Since 2019, more than 200 entrepreneurs have completed the South Bend Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program, led by Morris and housed at the Keough School's McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business.
"Our South Bend poverty and adversity program is about providing a pathway out of poverty through entrepreneurship," said Morris. "The program is a 10-month annual program where we work with 70 entrepreneurs each year. Over the past four years we have assisted 220 people." The success of the program has allowed for expansion to 26 cities in the U.S. and around the world, reaching many more individuals.
"The proclamation from the mayor is so very special, even more so on Martin Luther King Jr. Day," Morris said. "Our program is impactful because of the community support for what we are trying to do, and so this recognition is wonderful reinforcement for all those who work to make the program a success."