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Morgan State University is the premier public urban research university in Maryland known for its excellence in teaching, intensive research, effective public service, and community engagement. Morgan prepares diverse and competitive graduates for success in a global, interdependent society.

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Strategic Priorities

Problem #1: Campus Communication

Campus Spirit is a defining character on any school’s campus. Morgan students need something to raise their dampened spirits and create a bubbly atmosphere. We realized that the real problem is students are not aware of things happening on campus.

MSU Announce is the email service that broadcasts information to students. On a daily basis, students receive about 3-5 emails relaying campus news. The volume of information received makes it hard to keep up with or filter out relevant information.

This observation led to the idea of placing electronic banners in key locations to disperse news all over campus. The banners can be used as a medium for students to advertise services, businesses, products, and events.


Prototype Video:

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Problem #2: Improving Morgan Housing

Problem:Morgan State University (MSU) has a deficit of suitable housing for students with a

desire to live on campus. This academic school year, MSU admitted its largest freshmen class

ever, resulting in a shortage of housing, classes, and food for students of all academic levels.

Solutions: 1.Purchase residential buildings in the surrounding community to increase

housing options for full-time students.

What I learned:

1. The process of finding funding for future development is very difficult.

2. The school must find funding to increase the security presence for “off-campus” housing,

as well.

3. There needs to be a manager, much like a landlord, to maintain the integrity of the

residential buildings.

What I could improve:

I could have a further detailed approach to obtaining the funds necessary to begin the project.

PROTOTYPE: Ahousing proposal

Problem #3: Improving Morgan Food Experience

This aims to solve the food difficulty on campus. We are calling it “Bear Eats.” This is a phone application that students can use anytime to order food from restaurants close by. The driving is only open to students. While testing I learned a lot. These can be found in the Bear Eats feedback grid.

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Encourage student Awareness and Involvement on Campus

The University Innovation Fellows at Morgan State University are unique because our team is composed of individuals who have different backgrounds and experiences creating an abundance of ideas and perspectives.  The team’s goal is to help bring about a change that the students want to see, and also help raise awareness and understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation. Morgan State offers many useful resources but they are either limited to certain majors or most students simply do not know they exist. Our goal is to make all labs, workshops and development centers accessible to every student.


Create an Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center

This premier urban innovation center will foster creativity, improve entrepreneurial skill sets, and increase interdisciplinary collaborations. It will include a skills lab for learning hard skills. Weekly tech tutorials and workshops will also be given in this space.

Incorporate Diversity Representation

Students participating in a Multicultural week to showcase the treasures of the underrepresented ethnicities on campus. Morgan having a large variety of international students, all cultures should be celebrated and unbiased. A brief general overview of Multicultural week: There will be a variety of events throughout the week where students can represent their countries flags, traditional attire and food. A multicultural mixer for students to music from different countries. Lastly, an day of cultural education, where students have the opportunity to teach other students on campus about their countries.

Tactic #1: Utilizing the Student Government Association and various student campus orginizations propose to the Univeristy a Mulitcultural Week.

Tactic #2: Once we have gained interest, collobarate with different cultural organizations (eg. Carribean Student Association, Latin Student Association etc.) and draft a event of weekly activities that will appeal to the student body and represent a variety of cultures on campus.

Tactic #3: Make sure we have equal amount of representation and campus paticipation and promote the weekly events on campus. Draft promotional flyers and use social media as an outlet to reach our audience. Each cultural group will aslo be expected to invite their friends and family and enjoy their music, food, and traditional clothing.

Tactic #4: Broadcast to the Morgan MILE which is the community that surrounds Morgan so that they may be involved in the cultural education. 

Install BearBoards throughout campus.

To implement this project, the steps that need to be taken are:

1.   Present Idea to Stakeholders, and check the interest and support levels

2.   Ask students on campus how they would like BearBoards

3.   Come up with specific design and prototype of BearBoards

4.   Reveal the prototype to Stakeholders and possible Sponsors and Donors

5.   Begin the installation process for the BearBoards

6.   Announce the opening of the BearBoards and promote usage throughout campus.


Product Development Center

The University Innovation Fellows plan to bring a Product Development Center to Morgan State University. This center will be a makerspace which allows students to develop prototypes. Morgan is home to many great ideas and wonderful entrepreneurs but students do not have a space to make those dreams come to fruition.


Design Thinking Workshops

Design thinking workshops that involve both engineering and business students will be beneficial because students will collaborate ideas when working with such individuals form different fields. Mixing the two majors can have a huge impact on the university and growth of the students as well. Design thinking invokes a new process for developing answers to problems from multidimensional perspectives making it an excellent project.

Tactical #1: Research and find students and or professors who are well versed in Innovation and Design Thinking concepts to offer there time to partake in Design Thinking Workshops yearly. Coordinate with Dr. Foster a UIF Advisor who has done a Design Thinking Course to collaborate on how to approach this program at Morgan.

Tactical #2: Incorporate a trial Design Thinking Workshop open to a small sample group. This will help to gain feedback, and allow us to understand how to improve the workshops before opening to the general public.

Tactical #3: Implement improvement from feedback and open Design Thinking works shops to Morgan students of all majors and classifications.

Tactical #4: Get students interested in working towards a Maker Space. 


Alumni Student Mixer

The disconnect between Alumni and students can be helped by incorporating the Alumni Student Mixer. The Alumni House on campus has a specific budget and council used to incorporate the connection between alumni and students. Unfortunately these resources are never used to bring the two together. An Alumni Student mixer can help bridge the gap of non-communication and open opportunities for job offers, internships for students as well as possible events to incorporate on Morgan's campus that is beneficial to the campus community.

Tactic #1: Reach out to Alumni house on campus to act as a liaison between Alumni and current student body. 

Tactic #2: Begin reaching out to Alumni introducing them to the idea and giving them ample time to schedule time with us.

Tactic #3: Work diligently with the administration in the Alumni House to solidify logistics (i.e. Location, maximum capacity, itinerary of the event, costs and materials needed, book a photographer, plan promotion tactics)

Tactic #4: Use promotion tactics as agreed between the Alumni House and our group to reach out to students on campus. In order to reach out to students, we will most likely partner with prevalent student organizations with high visibility (i.e. Student Government Association, SMOOTH Organization, National Council of Negro Women Club, etc.) to gain student body interest. Continue to promote this event to ensure great attendance.

Tactic #5: Send same promotional details to Alumni ranging from graduating Class of 1970 to the most recent graduating class. This allows a broad spectrum of Alumni that can appeal to the student body. Give Alumni ample amount of time to spread the word and to request off of work or arrange travel plans in time of event.

Tactic #6: Plan an agenda balancing fun activities (like a "Battle of the Decades" DJ competition, "Journey through time" fashion show of attire worn back when each class went to school divided by very 5 years, and a menu for attendees to be able to enjoy food). Plan engaging networking opportunities inbetween (Keynote speakers from top companies speaking to students, panel of Alumni for a professional Q&A, "Speed Interviewing"; match students with one Alumni from a top company and every 5 minutes the student would move down to the next Alumni, this would allow students to get a snapshot of the company and allows the Alumni to meet students for potential job offers (resumes and business cards would be exchanged, at the end, each would rate the other and high rankings will be paired after event)). This maximizes attendance for the current student body by attracting them with "fun" and professional development, as well as appealing to the Alumni for a walk down memory lane and an opportunity to give back to their Alma Mater. 

Tactic #7: Launch event.

Expose more STEM students to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tactic #1-The provision of an Introduction to Business course for STEM majors will heavily attract the interest of these students who feel they just have to get the A's  to become well rounded.

Tactic #2- Introducing a Campus Discovery concept called Morgan Konnect where students will be able to view and leverage the Morgan State University Landscape Canvas to Discover,Learn, Experiment, Pursue, and Spin out.

Tactic #3- Building an incubator for students who have personal projects they would like to pursue in line with technological innovation. This environment will aid the students to build a creative mindset which may be the seed of "The Next Big Thing."

Increase Student-Driven Commercialization

Morgan has stated that it will "support innovation in business and the commercialization of intellectual property through growing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, securing an increased number of patents, and establishing a technology transfer center to support the creation of new business and technology transfer enterprises"

Tactic #1: Local Tech Collaboration with incubators such as ETC Baltimore and accelerators such as Juxtopia:

Morgan has stated that it wants to "explore public/private collaborative relationships with developers, contractors, and other commercial groups and entities to develop new environmentally-sustainable and technologically-advanced administrative and student residential facilities, to expand Morgan’s physical presence throughout the state, and to promote the state and the Morgan brand."

Local partnerships that will expose students to industrial and entrepreneurial skills through projects designed by members of the local tech community.

Tactic #2: Redefining the terms of the intellectual property rights outline by Morgan State University:

Students are eager to build new technology and make changes, but as individuals who have work hard though using the resources of the college would like to believe that in the 21st century students can still receive recognition for their work. A proposal is that "any potentially patentable inventions belong to the university, and royalties are split between the inventor, his/her department and Morgan State University (1/3 each). For undergraduates, the IP is theirs, unless their work has been supported by research funds, or they have made use of shops, labs and other Morgan State University property more than incidentally."


Morgan Konnect

Dining at Morgan


                   After countless interviews with students, we’ve concluded that dining is the biggest issue on campus. So, as a leadership circle, we’ve decided to take on several projects that we believe would drastically improve the dining experience at Morgan in all areas. From snacks, to small groceries, to toiletries, and especially breakfast, lunch and dinner, we believe our four projects will change the dynamic of how Morgan operates. Without quality meals, the overall ecosystem at Morgan would be damaged and hinder students from innovation, entrepreneurship, and their own personal and academic priorities. We believe that with better access to food, an ultimate necessity, our I&E ecosystem will improve.

 Project 1: Social Media


Tactic1.  Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat would be our target social media pages 

Tactic 2. Upgrade our MSU dining website to state meals of the week along with nutritional facts

Tactic 3. Internet ads

Tactic 4. Guaranteed update on Morgan State University homepage for changed dining decisions

Project 2: Dining Poll


Tactic 1. Allow reviews on MSU food calendar website where you can rate the meals by stars and comments

Tactic 2. Take polls of vegan/ vegetarian/ international students’ preferences

Tactic 3. Staff evaluation by students who can comment anonymously

Tactic 4. Food website has staff photos and names helping identifying who was on call if an issue occurs or if the person dining would like to give a compliment

Tactic 5. Data of desired dining hours


Project 3: Desired Dining Hours


Tactic 1. Collect data of high volumes of dining swipes 

Tactic 2. Push for these hours; given a students perspective. Breakfast 7:00am-10:30am, Lunch 11:00am- 3:30pm, Snack Shop 3:30pm- 4:30pm, Dinner 6:00pm- 10:00pm


Project 4: Convenience Store

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Tactic 1. Increase late night security 

Tactic 2. Put money on bear card to pay for products in store (Benny Bucks)

Tactic 3. Non-food products can be purchased with Benny Bucks (ex: school supplies, contraceptives, toiletries, event tickets, parking tickets etc.)

Tactic 4. Push for operation hours 8:00pm- 1:00am

Tactic 5. Ticket station (students will be able to purchase event tickets and pay for parking. It will be bear card accessible only)

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Morgan State University Student Priorities

Spring 2018 Fellows:

Oyare Victor Oko

Sumayyah Raji

Evan Robertson

Averi M. Turner

Spring 2017 Fellows:

Kofi Afriyie

Rashae Hilson

Tobiloba Komolafe

Oluwakayode Jasanya

Fall 2016 Fellows:

Leadership Circle 1:

Saxfield Chatmon

Ashley Gray

Jordan Joines

Sheena Williams 

Leadership Circle 2:

Kenisha Young

Leadership Circle 3: 

Taylor Griffin

Ayodeji Afolabi

Avian Richardson

Leadership Circle 4:

Matthew Lindsey<

Abdulganiyu Ajilore

Arianna Jackson

Leadership Circle 5:

Brie Thompson

Nesha Jackson

Oluwaseun Ojimi

Kendell Costley

Spring 2016 Fellows:

Destiny Bond

Chanell Mosley

Monique Ndagha

Maliik Nelson

Mikhal Wyatt

Fall 2015 Fellows:

Ravin Jajistar

Abdoul Mohammed

Iyanna Patterson

Michael Shiferaw

Mareco Edwards

Fall 2014 Fellow:

Adrien Feudjio

Fall 2013 Fellow:

Jamie Arribas Starkey-El