ELISS is a leadership development program that prepares graduate students to collaborate across boundaries for the benefit of society.
This Fall, ELISS fellows convened local stakeholders to discuss how their communities (Seattle, Bay Area, Philadelphia, and Indiana) could improve communication practices to better prepare for a disease epidemic. They will share key findings with DC-area stakeholders in a forum at AAAS on Friday, December 4th, 2015. Read more about the upcoming DC Forum HERE.
FALL FORUMS: Each ELISS class runs an Idea Lab project to identify innovative approaches for a pressing socio-technical challenge. The class of 2015 asked the question, "How can our region better prepare for an epidemic?" They spent the year canvassing their campuses and communities and found that communication challenges were the #1 most cited challenge. To address this, the fellows are organizing a series of interconnected forums to share innovative practices and identify new opportunities to improve communication during an epidemic. Read more about the fall forum series HERE.
ELISS CLASS OF 2016. We are pleased to announce the third cohort of ELISS fellows! Thank you to volunteer reviewers and interviewers for choosing eighteen fellows with a wide range of expertise and experience. The 2016 fellows are: (Duke University) Joyell Arscott, Andrew George, Justin Lana, Brian Langloss; (Purdue University) Mysha Clarke, MaryAm Ghadiri Khanaposhtani, Kimberly Saviers, Sasha Vega Alvarez; (University of California, Irvine) Nicole DeVille, Amruta Dixit, Amber Habowski; (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Nicholas Battista, Kasia Grzebyk, Shaili Jha, John Wachen; (University of Washington) Kaitlyn Casimo, Robert Franceschini, Guarav Mukherjee.
We are pleased to welcome three new campus partners: Duke University, University of California Irvine, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These campuses join two continuing partners, the University of Washington and Purdue University, for the class of 2016.
Graduate and professional students earned invitations by obtaining the most signatures in the “Bring ELISS to my Campus” drive in the fall of 2014. Student liaisons then worked with ELISS to gain administrative support for ELISS, recruit mentors, and recruit applicants. We sincerely thank all of the ELISS student liaisons.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter urges ELISS Fellows to embrace a sense of public responsibility at meeting in Washington D.C.
Developing new leaders with real-world skills for tackling societal problems
The ELISS Class of 2015 met for Orientation in mid-January on Bainbridge Island, Washington. All fifteen fellows chose to work on one topic this year: Epidemic Preparedness. Through activities that engage experts and stakeholders from multiple disciplines and sectors, they will explore opportunities for cities to prepare to respond to widespread communicable disease outbreaks.
The work of the ELISS Class of 2014 was highlighted in a news article from the University of Pennsylvania. The article is entitled: Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems. Check out the link here.
The class of 2014 reconvened in Washington, D.C. to present the results of year-long projects that tapped campus and community expertise to address complex issues. The cohort of 16 worked in three multi-campus teams to address the following topics: Nutrition, Public Space, and Mental Health. Click here to see the results of their work.
The "Bring ELISS to my Campus" signature drive ended on December 15 with signatures from more than 2300 graduate students from 75+ campuses. We issued invitations to students at four campuses with the most signatures. Student liaisons will present the invitation to campus administrators in the coming months and we will announce the partners once they are finalized.
ELISS is recruiting campus partners for the Class of 2016! We will be inviting additional partner campuses based on demand of graduate and professional students from multiple disciplines. If you want ELISS to come to your campus, please let us know by signing here by December 15th!
Applications for the class of 2015 are now being accepted. Click here for more information about applying.
AAAS news covers the inaugural ELISS fellows’ orientation.