Recognizing Global Engagement

Engineers Without Borders

Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota Chapter of Engineers Without Borders

The University of Minnesota Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) have been selected to represent the University of Minnesota in this year’s MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship competition.  Established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation, the international award recognizes exceptional programs that promote student community engagement and community service.

In addition to international recognition, the award provides financial support for furthering the program's community engagement initiatives. As a member of the Talloires Network, the University of Minnesota is invited to submit up to two nominations each year. The Office for Public Engagement facilitates the selection process that’s driven by a systemwide review committee. 

Students involved in the EWB program partner with disadvantaged communities to improve quality of life through the design and creation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineered projects around the world.  Like its co-nominee, EWB emphasizes global citizenship and cooperation as part of student engagement and community service. ICGC’s key objectives also include creating educational programs for globally engaged and critically thinking scholars and practitioners, fostering interdisciplinary research initiatives addressing urgent global issues, and  developing partnerships and networks beyond the University to advance shared initiatives related to global change and the global south.

Other nominees for this year’s award included the University of Minnesota College of Design’s Digital Story Project, which provides a forum through which students immerse themselves in Twin Cities’ immigrant landscape. By connecting with community members and places, students grow their critical thinking skills through understandings of how design and culture intersect.

The Minneapolis-University Rotary Club was also nominated for its extensive member-sponsored service projects, ranging from partnerships with the rotary clubs in Costa Rica, Chile, Uganda, Rwanda, India, and Mexico, to local projects with counselors and teachers at Minneapolis North Community High School.

The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship winners will be announced in mid-June.