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Central Michigan University 2023 Cohort

Startegy #1: Study Abroad Mentorship with International Students

Description Overview

Develop a mentorship program between international students and US citizen to create a cultural exchange. The goal is to make a more inclusive community on campus and inspire curiosity to explore the world. It would be a volunteer program in which students from all around campus can complete a survey/form to share their interests. Then, the students are paired up based on interests. There would be an orientation to go over the program and what it entails.

Team Leader: Carolina Hernandez Ruiz

Background: Many international students come to the USA without knowing anything about the culture. Most of the times, those students just talk with people from their same homecountry, therefore they don't get inverse in the community and experience the "american" culture. On the other hand, they are many U.S citizens who have never leave the country, and who want to study abroad but are scared to be in another country by themselves.

We want to connect all students around campus. We understand that may be challenges regarding students interests, specially between undegrad and grad international students. Another issue is the time commitment students would have if they do the program. We plan to contact the different students programs around the university, ex. Honors Program, LAS, MAC scholars, and the different Residential Colleges (Health Professions, Engineering, Education, Business). We want to work with the Volunteer Office to promote the mentorship program, which can count for volunteer hours for the students. Also, create a space on campus to meet new people. Students would go to this space on campus and meet new students, something similar to "English Cafe".

Strategy #2: Departmental Blackboard Shell


Blackboard shell that organizes important information in one place. This can include job fairs, internship opportunities, lab opportunities on campus, and departmental scholarships. Blackboard is something that every student already uses for classes, so it would be easy for students to navigate. Many students feel that they could benefit from a place specific to their department for opportunities and other important information. The university sends out emails about broad topics, but departments do not. This would be an easy way to connect departmental opportunities to students.


The biggest key to this idea is who manages each blackboard shell. There are some departments that already have this and will be a great reference on who should manage the blackboard shell. It might be one person, but there is most likely going to be a team of people who have access to send out information.

Team leader: Maxwell Hornak

Strategy #3: TEDx Salon Series

Description Overview

The TEDx Salon Series is a 3 or 4 event series that tackles specific topics relevant to student issues. Within each salon event, participants will think about, discuss, and interact with one another to create solutions to prevalent issues. These events can include TED talks, panel discussions, activities, and more.

Team Leader: Tyler Thompson

One area of focus must be marketing the event. Not all students knew about a full TEDx conference in the Spring. It will be important that students know about this series of events so that they may have the opportunity to join the conversation. We can use social media and web traffic, assisted by the university and departments. We will also have to be intentional with salon topic selections and location selection as to best cater to what students want to learn, think, and discuss about. Finally, being even more prudent in planning activities and talks for the salons will be crucial in the overall effectiveness of the event.

The TEDx Salon Series will be built off of the momentum from the TEDx Conference hosted in April 2023.

Strategy #4: Scholarship Fair


The scholarship fair will be an event where students are able to come and learn about the different scholarships available to them. They would potentially be able to apply of at minimum get started on some of them on site.

One issue that was addressed with this idea was how to make the event an easy space to navigate. It would be a waste of a students time to talk to a department outside of their major/minor. One way to combat this issue was to have a map of the layout with the tables labeled with which department is at which table.

Team Leader: Rebecca Ball

Central Michigan University 2022 Cohort

Strategy #1: Developing a Culture of Creativity

Tactic #1: Creativity Conference

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Description Overview

The creativity conference is a 1.5-2 day event that students will come to collaborate and develop their creative approach to problem-solving. As a physical location is feasible, this conference can also be held virtually and can be possible for students all across the world.

Team Leader:

  • Leslee Weible

One issue that was brought up in trouble shooting was marketing the event. Some solutions might be that there could be coverage on different institutional social media and tabling on campus. Along with this, there was an issue with the way that the event was conveyed. There has to be enough information to entice the students to participate but also give them information that would let them know what this new event is really about and explain what it means in more than a couple vague sentences.

The creativity conference will be built off of the momentum of the series of consecutive creative jams that are hosted and implemented throughout the university.

Strategy #2: Creating a Centralized Digital Resource Center

Tactic #1: Social Media Account Content Delivery

Description: The focus on the creation of an interactive resource center located within the website is the end goal for this strategy. To begin, we must start somewhere past various agile sprint cycles that must be developed to implement the website transformation... this is why, as we are meeting together with teams to edit, we will start with social media.

To begin with general resources, our base-case account will be built out of Instagram.

Team Leader:

  • Jake Kapusansky

With implementation of resources, our strategy is to develop the content in 3 stages: people, places, niches.

  1. People first. Our first posts and stories will be featuring people, specifically agents of change on campus that other individuals can reach out to for resources and help.
  2. Places next. To understand all of the physical locations between CMU's various contexts, we will implement each internal resource inside of our various buildings
  3. The niche resources to include will be imperative as the collective student body begins to read between the lines for resource sharing and collaboration. (Ie., Adobe Creative Suite, etc.)

Tactic #2: Geographic Information System Implementation between University Website and Communications


Geographic Information System

we have included our prototype for what the website resource would look like. Rather than approaching the typical CMU map from a drivers lens, we need to connect people to people.

This is our prototype from social media account with the intention of being able to share information right away. Lastly, we will focus on scaling the idea from social to the website by collecting CMU resources over the next semester and working to collaborate with the web design team.

Strategy #3: Collaborate with Student-Led Initiatives to Implement Design Thinking Methodologies

Tactic #1: Creative Jam/ Design Thinking Pop-Up(s)

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Description: The Creative Jam is designed for students having a hard time with academic burn out. When you think of the last time you were unapologetically creative, I personally think of when I was a kid. This brought up the idea of having a creative jam tabling event.

Team Leader: Rebecca Ridenour

Students will be able to come up on their own terms and experience childhood creativity like a sensory lab, group madlibs, and reflection activities. An issue that was experienced through trying to market this idea was that flyers do not attract students to events and students feel like they need a free item for coming to events. There was also another issue with the lack of information on my flier and what the goals were of the event.

The Creative Jam would be a great idea to get the interest of creativity embedded into students and make it, "if you participate you get entered to win a giftcard,” so the barriers to entry are as minimal as possible. The Creative Jam, based on input from our stakeholders has been pivoted to be a series of built up events, or "pop-ups" that will be very lean and easy to build over time.