June 19 - August 1, 2020
In this time of unprecedented change and uncertain futures, the need to creatively adapt is critical. That is our challenge, and here at the University of Oregon Division of Global Engagement, we’re ready to rise to it. For 2020 “Achieving Environmental Sustainability Across Sectors” students will come to the environmentally-focused state of Oregon to focus on the globally critical and increasingly pressing challenge of sustainability. Participants will work with three groups to help address sustainability related challenges pertinent to each group’s work. Each community partner will come from a different local sector: for-profit, non-profit and public. There will be 3–4 small student teams per community partner and the student teams will work together to draft a proposal or action plan for a real sustainability goal or challenge that their partner currently faces.
Teams will be given the opportunity to collaborate across their sectors and will be encouraged to develop solutions which address the needs of multiple stakeholders. Student’s solutions will be presented at the end of the program and winning proposals will be selected based on factors such as feasibility, creativity, and cross-sector collaboration. In addition, participants will complete topic-based skills building workshops which develop cross cultural collaboration skills, experiential learning, fast paced research and applied design thinking and leadership capabilities.