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 fellows will participate in the following activities as program funds permit:
ELISS fellows volunteer an average of five hours per week to organize and participate in ELISS-related activities including: on-campus and virtual planning meetings, issue-related events for campus and community stakeholders, and leadership development 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.