EX[L] Student-Driven Initiatives
Student Driven Initiatives (SDI) are student-led, community-engaged, hands on opportunities for experiential learning proposed and organized by students.
EX[L]’s mission is to help students emerge as civically-engaged, adaptable leaders, ready to join in the enterprise of building strong and sustainable communities by promoting hands-on, community-based, problem-centered learning.
- To support, expand, and create new experiential learning programs;
- To assist faculty with overcoming barriers to innovative, interdisciplinary,experiential teaching while also advancing their academic trajectories;
- To provide opportunities for students to explore and take initiative ininterdisciplinary and other innovative pathways to effective learning; and
- To sustain existing, and develop new community partnerships that bring UA studentsand local business and non-profit change-makers together to advance learning whileenriching the fabric of the greater Akron community.
Past Student-Driven Initiatives
Food Justice, Race, and Grassroots Empowerment
UA student, Elisha Banks (Anthropology, Nutrition and Dietetics), was awarded Student-driven Initiatives (SDI) funding to bring visiting scholar to campus to bring attention university and community on food justice.
A UA student-developed initiative promoting civil and open dialogue around difficult topics.
A UA student organization EX[L] has assisted as it launched the university into the world of hackathons!