Prepping students to innovate for public good

Learning to work effectively across disciplines

Learning to work effectively across disciplines

Solving complex economic, social and environmental problems requires working on cross-disciplinary teams. 

To help graduate students learn to work effectively across disciplines to solve complex problems, UNC-Chapel Hill is launching agraduate certificate in innovation for the public goodOpens in new window(CIPG). The program teaches students about modern change-making and helps them practice the skills they need to collaborate with others, partner with government and communities, and lead without authority to tackle challenges in new ways.

“We wanted to fill the gap in offerings on campus to give graduate students the mindset, methods and tools to be effective working across sectors and disciplines to solve complex economic, social and ecological problems,” said Melissa Carrier, CIPG inaugural advisory board chair and director of the Office of Social Innovation at Innovate Carolina. “The certificate aims to give students the tools needed, so no matter where they go or what they do, they can problem solve with others to address the interrelated issues and begin to create large-scale change.”


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