ELISS is an extracurricular, volunteer experience for graduate and professional students. Fellows collaborate with a multi-campus ELISS team to help local and national stakeholders better understand and address a complex issue in one of two theme areas: Energy & Environment or Health & Wellbeing.
By working with an interdisciplinary team to engage multiple communities around a tough problem, fellows develop 21st century leadership skills such as: communicating with diverse audiences, collaborating with a distributed team, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Fellows will travel three times and volunteer approximately 5 hours per week to:
ELISS anticipates providing funding for the following activities:
The class of 2016 will participate as “fellows-in-training” alongside the current ELISS class starting upon acceptance in October 2015 until orientation in January, 2016. During this period, they will contribute approximately three hours per week to the following activities: assisting current fellows, exploring potential topics, and attending ELISS-related discussions and social events. After orientation, fellows will contribute approximately five hours per week to ELISS activities.
Two broad, cross–disciplinary theme areas serve as a focal point for recruiting ELISS fellows, advisors, and sponsors with shared interests: Health & Wellbeing and Environment & Energy. During orientation, fellows select an issue that falls into one or both themes. The class of 2015 is exploring opportunities for cities to prepare for widespread disease epidemics. The class of 2014 split into teams around three topics: mental health, public spaces, and nutrition. We intend to launch additional themes in subsequent years based on interest from sponsors and students.