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Learn with Acara! | Fall 2017 Registration is here!

Are you a UMN Student looking to use your education, strengths and skills to improve the world? Are you longing for the opportunity to work with other University students who feel that same way? Acara is here to help. As a student at a large university like ours, it’s easy to forget how much you already know, and how much you can do with what you know now. It’s important to remember that you’re here to learn with a purpose. Acara offers the unique opportunity for students to earn credit while developing real, viable solutions to Grand Challenges. These are the tough and sometimes overwhelming problems like Climate Change, Water Access, Food Security, Improper Sanitation and Racial or Gender Inequality.

Fall Registration is right around the corner – don’t wait for an invitation to create positive impact, sign up for one of our Fall 2017 courses and work with renowned UMN faculty, passionate and capable undergraduates and graduate students, and a team of research staff in the country you focus on. What are you waiting for?

Both the classes outlined below are part of the Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC). Both courses are:

  • 3 credits
  • Meet a Liberal Education Theme requirement
  • Eligible as an Honors Experience for Honors students
  • Open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines


GCC 3005/5005 Global Venture Design – What Impact Will You Make?

Tu/Th 8:15 – 9:30am

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to work with renowned faculty while working on multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to address water, energy, food/agriculture, health and livelihood challenges in India, East Africa and Nicaragua.

Taught by: Director of the Metropolitan College of Design and School of Architecture Professor Tom Fisher, Humphrey Senior Fellow Steve Kelley and Acara Director Fred Rose.

GCC 3003/5003 Grand Challenge – Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues

Th 3:35-6:35pm

In this course you will work on interdisciplinary teams to develop viable solutions to emerging pandemics, food insecurity, maternal mortality, or civil society collapse during conflict in East Africa and India.
Taught by: School of Nursing Associate Professor Cheryl Robertson and Acara Director Fred Rose.




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