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How can I get involved with Acara?

Acara offers a lot of opportunities for students who want to see change happen. Whether you’re an undergrad or graduate student, actively seeking solutions to combat climate change or interested in building awareness about reproductive health on campus, we can help you move your ideas and projects forward!

To introduce students to Acara programs, we are hosting info sessions throughout the semester! You can RSVP to the Facebook events linked below or email acara@umn.edu if you have any questions. You (and your friends or classmates) are welcome to show up at anytime during the scheduled info session and bring whatever food or snacks you need. We hope to see you this Fall!


What is Acara and how do I plug in?

Acara is a program that develops and supports leaders who are seeking solutions to the big environmental and social issues our society faces. All University of Minnesota students are welcome to get involved in our courses, travel programs, fellowships, competitions, and other programs.

Wednesday, October 2nd from 12:00-1:00pm in Appleby Hall, Room 102


Puerto Rico: Energy, Justice & Community Resilience

Learn about a travel course opportunity for graduate students over winter break! The Global Convergence Lab in Puerto Rico will focus on energy, justice, and community resilience learning opportunities. Students will be learning about and researching various aspects of converting Puerto Rico to an energy system that is more resilient and sustainable.

Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:30-6:15pm in Humphrey, Room 20 


Design for Sustainable Development in Bangalore

Explore Bangalore in May term 2020! Bangalore is India’s entrepreneurship hub where environmental and quality of life issues are distinctly intertwined. This is a three week, three credit course open to undergrad and graduate students in which you work with Indian students to design solutions to real sustainable development issues.

Tuesday, October 22nd 4:00-5:00pm in Mechanical Engineering, Room 4125B

Monday, November 4th 12:00-1:00pm in Blegen Hall, Room 155


Acara Challenge

The Acara Challenge is a competition for all students who want to fund their project addressing an environmental or social issue. You can receive up to $5,000 in fellowship prizes. But what is the process like? Who should apply? We’ll answer all your questions and help you be prepared as possible! We also have a class in January that will prepare you for this competition. In this 1.5 credit course over winter break, students develop their solutions for addressing social or environmental issues.

Wednesday, November 6th from 12:00-1:00pm at Learning and Environmental Sciences Room 370

Wednesday, November 13th at 4:30-5:30pm at Humphrey 30 


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