A new student organization, Students In Free
Enterprise (SIFE), was started this semester by senior Pranav Dogra to inspire
“The theme is social entrepreneurship and involves
business, non-profits and environmental sustainability,” said Dogra, a
business and computer information systems major at UW - Stevens Point. “It’s
about motivating students with different majors, not only business majors but a
variety of majors, and basically trying to do something useful that pertains to
the community, pertains to change, and making something profitable and making
Dogra contacted SIFE, an international non-profit
organization, to set up a UWSP chapter after realizing there wasn’t anything on
campus that fit what he was looking for.
“I’ve been involved with a lot of student
organizations and I wanted to start something on my own,” Dogra said. “I wanted
to make a difference and change something so I researched different themes and
organizations with entrepreneurship aspects and I found SIFE.”
SIFE projects include sustainability efforts
locally and globally.
“The basic mission is the three P’s: planet, people
and profit. It encompasses certain subjects which can improve things within the
community or minor changes within the planet; it involves people and there’s a
profit to be seen,” Dogra said.
Dogra pointed to a project in Kenya where SIFE
members secured the transportation of water during a drought and planted trees
as an example of the type of action promoted by the organization. Dogra also
said there are other benefits to SIFE besides assisting in local and global
socioeconomic projects. These include travel and scholarship opportunities, as
well as networking with possible employers.
“All you get are benefits out of working with SIFE. A lot of corporate
sponsors are associated with this organization and the students involved with
it show exceptional leadership qualities. So when businesses see that you are
affiliated with it, they can pay serious attention to that,” Dogra said.
Dogra believes that the broad appeal of SIFE will draw students to
“This club appeals to everyone. You can be a music major and if
you have the passion of making change and if you find an issue that you think
can get a bunch of folks around you to participate in, the SIFE international
chapter will provide you with the resources in order to make that change,”
While still in the process of recruiting members for SIFE, Dogra
has reached out to the Greenhouse Project in Stevens Point and the biology
department on campus looking for possible local environmental projects.
“By the time I end my university career, students around here
should know about this organization, even if they aren’t involved in it but
should know what it encompasses, what its theme is, and what students can do in
it,” said Dogra.
had its first meeting last month and is actively looking for new members. Their
next open house will be sometime in mid-October. Students interested in
learning more can contact UWSP SIFE President Pranav Dogra at firstname.lastname@example.org.