Community Innovations

The communities we live in endure many complex problems, and although many people want to help solve them, it’s not as easy as it looks. Effective and sustainable change requires collaboration, creativity, a willingness to take risks, and the courage to fail. This course is a passport to active, creative, and impactful global citizenship. It helps students build vital and transferable skills for their careers, and the work they accomplish becomes a signature entry in their professional portfolios.

Fall 2018


Collaborating closely with community partners on real problems in the healthcare and education sectors, students are learning to use design-based research methods and apply them to real challenges faced by our community partners. Working in multidisciplinary teams and collaborating with faculty members from across disciplines, students work with community partners to understand their work and how to respond to the challenges they face, talking with experts across the country as they design innovative solutions for the following partners:

  1. Gift & Thrift
  2. Plains Elementary School
  3. The Suitcase Clinic

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Space is limited and completing this form does not guarantee acceptance into classes.

Fall 2018

COB 490, WRTC 328
Community Innovations
T 5:30-8:30pm
Lakeview Hall 1150

Become an
Industry Partner

  • Does your organization face local or global challenges in healthcare, education or security?
  • Are you aware of a technology that could transform your industry but you don’t have time to explore it?
  • Does your organization have long–range design problems that you don’t have the resources to solve yourself?
  • What if you could hire graduates who are ready to start working on your top needs from Day One?

Learn how to become an industry partner

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