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The Center for Social Impact and Sustainability is pleased to showcase our student theses. In line with GCNYC’s Common Good Mission, our M.S. students have chosen to focus on the following categories: Achieving Environmental Sustainability; Sustainable Businesses Practices; Culture, Consumption, and the Consumer; The Impacts of Marketing; Circularity in the Supply Chain; Design and Textile Innovation; Corporate Culture and the Workplace; and Social Impact and Human Rights Initiatives. Abstracts are provided for each thesis, and a representative thesis from each category is available for download.

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  • Achieving Environmental Sustainability
  • Circularity in the Supply Chain
  • Corporate Culture & the Workplace
  • Culture, Consumption and the Consumer
  • Design and textile Innovation
  • Social Impact and Human Rights Initiatives
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • The Impacts of Marketing

Harnessing Technology to Reintroduce Value to Artisanal Handloom Craftsmanship in Varanasii, India, Maila Arzadon Suelto

Technology continues to play a key role in making supply chains more efficient and adding value. However, technology is also disrupting how labor is allocated. ...
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Blue ocean startup companies face the challenge of a non-existing market since the customer is often unknown in a startup. There are new ideas and ...
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A Study on Water Repellent Fabrics, Its Evolution, Innovation, and Its Importance, Tapti Tapan

This research aims to understand and explore consumers’ experiences with water-repellent finishes on apparel and willingness to try on new or different garments with the ...
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The Impact of Women Only Organizations To Close The Gender Gap in Startup Culture Women Entrepreneurs and Women Venture Capitalists in the post #MeToo era, Margaret Ha

Women in the startup industry have been faced with challenges of inequality for quite some time. Although the gender gap in startup culture is not ...
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The Culture of Small Medium-size Luxury Fashion Brands aligns with the Seismic Shifts in the Industry; Employees Perspective: Integrity, Trust and Betrayal., Laurine Grere Osborne

The Small Medium-size Luxury Fashion Brands (SMLFB) niche is an essential source of design trends and innovation that drives the fashion industry’s overall growth. Across ...
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The Relationship Between Employees’ Satisfaction and Corporate Culture: The Role of Community in Workplace Culture That Enhance Employee Well-Being and Institutional Success., Peju M. Onile-Ere

Enhanced well-being of employees is essential for any organization to improve their institutional success in productivity, innovation as well as financial growth. Organization’s definition of ...
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Understanding Social and Organizational Capital & Decision Making for Take-Off Stage Firms in the Food Industry During Unexpected Environmental Change, Frances Sweeney

This study contributes to the fields of organizational behavior, decision-making, and change readiness. I observed take-off stage organizations which are disrupting systemic food categories in ...
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Establishing Best Practices for Risk Management for mental Health Institutions: Integrating the Perspective of Mental Health Service Providers as an Essential Component of Risk Management Culture, Chioma Nneka Venessa Iheaturu

Mental illness is one of the most prevalent health issues in the United States. It is estimated that one out five adults lives with mental ...
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Textile Artisans in the Philippines: Accessing and Sourcing Sustainable Raw Materials and Fibers, Lorenza Lecaroz Wong

The vast availability of low cost, low-quality clothing and textiles brought about the near disappearance of the textile industry in the Philippines. Today, the Philippine ...
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Using Human-Centered Design in the Fashion Design Process to Maximize Sustainability and Improve the Adoption of Innovative Ideas, Brittany DeColli

The actions caused by the fashion industry are causing substantial, and in some cases, irreversible damage to the environment. With an estimated eighty percent of ...
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Facilitating the Process of Micro-Size Fashion Brands’ Integration of Sustainable Practices: Assessing an Intermediary Concept to Connect Designers and Manufacturers., Wesley Scott

Entrepreneurship in the fashion industry is growing. Fashion school graduates are entering the industry by starting their own fashion lines built on their aesthetic visions, ...
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The Future of American Hemp: Roadblocks and Opportunities in the American Hemp Market, Olivia O’Neill

This paper explores the viability of the modern American hemp market following the 2018 Farm Bill which made it legal to grow hemp on a ...
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Gen X Women’s Diminished Sense of Meaning in Life and the Impact of Toxic Positivity on American Culture, Charlotte Evers Saleeby

Generation X women are experiencing a diminished sense of meaning in life, rooted in narratives defined by shifting societal values in the formative years of ...
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The Power of Social Media: Leveraging the Digital World to Influence Change in the Fast Fashion Industry, Emma Christensen

The research in this paper will allow readers to comprehend that social media, the platform that has helped spur the growth of fast fashion, can ...
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All Eyes on Africa: Redefining the Luxury Landscape in West Africa, Olabisi A. Famakinwa

All eyes are indeed on Africa. Irrespective of the financial hardships, food insecurity, and lack of educational opportunities often associated with the continent, major global ...
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Memes, Marketing and Communications: Developing a Strategy for Representation and Fair Compensation for Meme Creators, Frank Gargione

Social media users value memes; encountering, sharing, and creating them on a daily basis across multiple platforms. The meme format has affected the ways individuals ...
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Can Farms Save Fashion? Applying an innovative strategic model integrating insights across industry sectors and geographic regions to identify effective solutions to the sustainability challenges confronting the fashion industry., Diana Purcell

The designers, brands sourcing professionals and strategists within the fashion industry are currently searching for a means to make more sustainable decisions in a world ...
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Gen Z, Fashion, and Sustainability: Co-Creating the Future of Sustainable Fashion, Catrina Reingold

It is largely understood that the fashion industry is environmentally, economically, and socially toxic. Social justice and environmental sustainability are evolving concerns for the American ...
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