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Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with Your Grand Challenge Project Idea

Do you have an idea for how to address a social or environmental problem? Are you interested in taking a course with other motivated students from across the university who care about being changemakers?  This two-credit Acara course will help you learn the skills and knowledge you need to design an implementation plan for a solution that could take many forms, depending on your interests and strengths and the nature of the problem (business or nonprofit plans, policy and advocacy plans, media and awareness campaigns and activism plans are all possible). Resources (funding, training and mentors) will be available for students who wish to pursue their project beyond the classroom into implementation, and students will be well prepared to compete for $5000 fellowships and internships through the Acara Challenge in March 2022. 

All undergraduate and graduate students can take GCC 5501. Students must have a project that they want to develop in the course, and the project must have a clear connection to a Grand Challenge. Students who have not taken another Grand Challenge (GCC) course should send a one to two paragraph description of their project to the instruction team before registering for the course.