Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 8, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Arkansas
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Eric Boles
Office for Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Social Innovation Hub

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Social Innovation Hub is a multidisciplinary physical and online space where University of Arkansas students have the opportunity to learn about pressing social and environmental problems, and offer a solution inspired by their own interests, skills and imagination. The Hub creates the conditions for student initiatives to flourish and for students to feel empowered as active change makers, under the leadership of a peer support structure and a network of experts, activists and community leaders.

The Social Innovation Hub is an attempt to expand experiential learning and pedagogical innovation initiatives. It creates new opportunities to engage students, particularly students new to the UA, and it provides new mechanisms for high school student engagement through complementary efforts such as the Fleischer Scholars initiative. The Hub is an opportunity for students to guide and shape their own learning experience, as opposed to just being shaped by it.

The plan is to engage students by facilitating the process through which our students can increase their awareness, enhance their empathy, channel their solidarity and move into action.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The Hub has already partnered with over a dozen local businesses and over 200 students, but the Hub will gain more momentum throughout 2017.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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