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How can we mobilize students to build a more inclusive community?
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43 months ago

The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. They could go on to become sought after judicial and medical professionals, impactful politicians, award-winning scientists, renowned educators, and so much more. No matter which profession a future leader seeks, it is important that they have a well-rounded view of the world around them. It is incredibly difficult to be an impactful individual in today’s society if you only socialize with others like you. Specifically, peers and mentors who are privileged enough to enjoy higher education. If we are to bridge the divide between the university educated and the community at large, the world needs leaders who can create a “sense of us” that extends beyond their circle.

 We are interested in your local perspectives and ideas for creating a strong need for students to connect with people from outside their typical social groups. The goal is to provide students with an opportunity for personal growth which allows for a worthwhile contribution to their community and those in it who they have never reached out to or interacted with. Therefore, we want to know what will drive YOU to put yourself out of your curated comfort zone and connect with those who aren’t in your “world” using your 21st century skills.


Tell us your idea to make students want to engage with and support community members  outside your social group as well as serve the overall common good. Specifically, answer the following: 

  1. What is your idea for a program or activity that allows students to empathize with, support, and encourage community members on the other side of the divide? Please explain your concept in detail. You could focus on curricular, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.
    1. What are the elements of this program/idea?
    2. What action does your idea ignite?
    3. What will make the program successful so there is a sustainable communication channel created between students and the community members with whom they engage?
  2. How will this idea put the current divide between the educated part of society and other individuals or groups into perspective for more students?
    1. What makes your idea inclusive?
    2. Why will your idea resonate with students and inspire them to speak out or take action against the current divide?  
    3. How do you envision your idea having a widespread impact?
  3. How can technology be infused to make the program/activities/experiences more immersive for students and the people with whom they engage?

CONSIDERATIONS: Please use the text/submission box we provide to submit your response versus uploading an external document. It makes the solution review MUCH easier for the client and can potentially lead to a higher score!

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
5 Winners
will receive $120 each
20 Honorable Mentions
will receive $50 each
$120.00 Joseph Alison Massey University
$120.00 Joshua Y. Ansong UMaT
$120.00 Matthew Gaiser Queen's University
$120.00 Vartika Parekh
$120.00 Paul Mudreac
$50.00 Marina Radovanovic Queen's University
$50.00 Sang Nguyen McGill University
$50.00 Sir Eden Arizona State University
$50.00 Kerri Angle Penn Foster
$50.00 Jay Modi IIT Roorkee
$50.00 Aman Karwasra CCS Haryana Agricultural University
$50.00 Karen Miller West Virginia University
$50.00 N Mathew Western University of Health Sciences
$50.00 Sharicia Mason Jacobs University Bremen
$50.00 Christine Simko Penn state university
$50.00 Arupama Barik G.M UNIVERSITY
$50.00 Brian Wynder Ursinus College
$50.00 Jennifer Miller Walden University
$50.00 Kwabena Denteh University of Mines and Technology
$50.00 Dr. GB Bhas Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences
$50.00 Christopher Adjei-Frimpong University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa
$50.00 Madalena Buxton-Jones
$50.00 Olivia Wendell Honolulu community college
$50.00 Benjamin Mpolokoso New Jersey Institute of Technology
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