Courses & Programs

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” E. O. Wilson

There are several ways to get involved with Acara.  Each program is facilitated by our staff or instructing team.

Acara’s interdisciplinary courses help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to create innovative solutions for social and environmental change in the US and internationally. All Acara courses are intended for graduate, professional and upper level undergraduate students and there are no prerequisites required.

These courses allow students to explore entrepreneurial approaches to development challenges in India and Puerto Rico. Acara offers 2 separate 3 week courses abroad.

The Acara Innovation Fellowship provides up to $5,000 and intensive mentoring and training  for 8–12 individual students and student teams annually. Students use fellowship funding to pilot their ideas for impact ventures and/or to intern with organizations where they can develop their knowledge and skills in order to have impact in the future.

Acara’s internship program provides site matching and support for students who have taken an Acara course. Currently, Acara matches interns with organizations in India, Uganda and Nicaragua, as well as domestically.

Acara along withThe Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota is pleased to offer a Master’s Sustainable Development Program for students concentrating in Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering.

Sign up for a 30 minute meeting with a coach at the Acara Impact Studios to get help at any stage of designing and implementing a project – whether it is problem identification, solution design, or implementation.

Are you a Graduate or Professional student with an idea for how to address an environmental or social problem that you would like to develop and possibly pilot?