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Strategy 1: I & E Coalition

I & E Coalition: We have identified this idea to be our top priority, along with the App. After discussion, we have determined that this coalition has long-term potential and its impact has the possibility to reach the entire student body of Fordham. We also determined that it will take roughly a month to form this coalition but relies on the effort and mindset of the clubs in regards to its impact and effect.

The I & E Coalition would meet on a bi-monthly basis and consist of 1 or 2 e-board members from every I & E club/organization, 1 or 2 representatives from the United Student Government Budget Committee and 1 representative from the United Student Government Operations Committee. These meetings would be a platform for each club to discuss the problems they are facing, potential solutions for their solutions, and ways to collaborate.

In time, the coalition will increase the synergy between the different clubs and they will work together to make bigger change. Change like increasing the resources at our second campus, creating events together, gaining more involvement by marketing the clubs as a whole, teaching Design Thinking workshops, creating new classes and much more! We truly believe if this is successful, Fordham as a whole will be on a much better path with an innovative future.

Strategy 1: App

App: We have also identified the App as a top priority as well as the I&E Coalition. After our discussion, we came to the final conclusion that an app has the potential to impact every Fordham student if they all use the app, but it would take a while to build and work out the bugs. We estimate it could take up to a year to get the app up and running, but the timeline is not clear as of now due to the fact that the Foundry, the entrepreneurial hub on campus, has created apps and could possibly help us achieve it sooner.

In order to bring this project to life, we would need to connect with people who have the ability to code and have appropriate software. The next step in the process is to speak with the Foundry about the help they may be able to provide and how many people would need to be involved in creating the app. Specifically, I would like to speak with Sean Johnson, an entrepreneur in residence who helped with the creation of another app over the course of this past summer. In addition, I intend to call upon students who have created apps in the past like a colleague named Joseph VanGostein.

In terms of logistics, not only would we need to create the interface that is user-friendly manner (and none of us know how to code!), but we would also need to market it correctly to clubs. While we have gotten positive feedback as of now from clubs, making sure the platform would be used by all the organizations would be an important part of ensuring that it does fix the communication problem.

Strategy 2: I & E Club Showcase

Showcase: Our third priority is currently the Innovation and Entrepreneurship showcase. It has the potential to inform students of the clubs available but we worry of the possibility that it might not gain traction. The ability to coordinate this many clubs to each join our mission and produce something outside their norms is also a perspective issue.

To make this a reality we would need to establish a close relationship with a variety of the clubs offered at Fordham. After this, we would need to get together and find a similar format to which they would all agree to participate in this. The responsibility of finding and/or funding a guest speaker would also be on the UIF team and we would most likely start with the Alumni foundation as well as speaking with Christine Jansen among other professors that are involved in this field to see if they are willing to utilize their connections.

Logistically speaking, it might be a challenge to establish a day in which so many variables would be willing to meet t the same time. For the Rose Hill campus, there are many spaces which serve as options to host such an event, as the campus is quite large both inside and out. As for the Lincoln Center campus, the options are significantly smaller and we would have to coordinate with multiple advisors and faculty to see which spaces we have the ability to reserve and the process to secure it.

Strategy 3: Design Thinking Workshop

Workshop: Our fourth priority would be the design thinking workshop in the freshmen Intro to Business classes (The Ground Floor class). Because this solution would only have the potential to impact the freshmen class, we did not think it should be a top priority. Moreover, because freshmen take this class during their first semester at Fordham, we would not be able to actually begin conducting workshops till Fall of 2019. The key tactics to bring this workshop to life would be getting approval from the administrators overseeing the curriculum of the Ground Floor, and figuring out the logistics of who will conduct the workshop during which days and class times. Another key tactic would be to train volunteers (perhaps students who passionate about I&E or are participants in I&E resources such as clubs) to teach and moderate these workshops in order to scale this workshop to all Ground Floor classes. Caterina would be in charge of bringing this project to life.

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