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Evolving Higher Education To Spark Social Innovation and Impact Locally: An Applied Model from Pacific Lutheran University | Community Discussion

Community Partner: Pacific Lutheran University

Michael (Mike) Halvorson, Benson Chair in Business and Economic History, Pacific Lutheran University
Shelly Kurtz, Co-Founder & CMO, X4Impact; Concordia Advisor
Mark Mulder, Dean of the School of Business, Marketing Professor & Researcher, Pacific Lutheran University
George Zeno, Associate Vice President for Advancement, Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University presented their model for orienting the entire university around social impact. Their model, which can serve as a benchmark to other academic institutions, utilizes a whole system-thinking approach that highlights the interconnectedness of issues and the important role partnership development plays. PLU’s work utilizes a multi-year plan to collect community needs and address the urgent social problems.