Courses & Programs

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 May seminar courses allow students to explore entrepreneurial approaches to development challenges in India and Nicaragua. Acara offers 2 separate 3 week courses abroad during May Term, after classes end for spring semester.

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.

Acara does informal reviews and consulting with social entrepreneurs and other change makers. These are done on a case by case basis.