Community Partners

Thank you to all the community partners that participated in our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 iterations.

If you are interested in participating in our Fall 2021 competition, please fill out the survey through the link below. 

How does it work?

After bringing students together into cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams, students will meet with your organization to gather information and context and learn about the challenges you are facing. They will be connected with mentors who will assist in the identification and development of the team’s solution to your challenge. The team will put together an online presentation, sharing their proposed solution to your issue. Presentations will be judged (including feedback from you) and the top teams will receive additional feedback and mentoring before going on to a final round of the competition. 

What we expect from you

  • We will need you to come up with a problem/challenge for a student group to solve – ideally a real-world challenge that your organization is currently facing  
  • We expect there to be an approximate time commitment of 15-20 hours across the 8 weeks of the challenge, including: 
    • An initial meeting with the team(s) to provide them with an overview of your organization and to explain the particular issue/challenge you are facing 
    • 2-3 follow up meetings to answer questions and provide guidance as needed 
    • A meeting for the team’s presentation of their solution 
  • We would ask that there be a dedicated point of contact in your organization for the student team. We will make the initial introductions between you and the student groups. After that, it is the students’ responsibility to communicate with the organization. 

Community Partner Guide

For more details about what to expect and how you will be working with students, click here to access our Community Partner Guide.

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Students laughing and working

What to expect from students

This challenge will be a very unique experience for all parties involved and we are so excited for our students to be part of a solution for your organization. Since you will be working with students, it's a good idea to get an understanding of the expectations we have for students in advance to guide your feedback. Check out the Student section of our website to get an understanding of our expectations of students as well as the judging criteria for the actual competition. 

Challenge Timeline

This is the tentative schedule for our Fall 2021 challenge and is subject to change. 

Aug 30, 2021

Student and Mentor applications open


Sept 9, 2021

Information session for students

Details to come!


Sept 15, 2021

Application deadline


Sept 17, 2021

Mentor acceptances announced


Sept 22, 2021

Mentor and Community Partner introductory meeting

Detail to be sent out via email to accepted partners and mentors

Sept 23, 2021

Student acceptances announced

Please be advised due to limited capacity we will not be emailing candidates that have not been selected by this date. Thank you for your understanding.


Sept 27, 2021

Workshop #1: Challenge Kickoff and Introduction to Intercultural Capacity Training


Sept 27, 2021

Workshop #2: Innovating for Impactful Projects

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Oct 4, 2021

Workshop #3: Building a Strong Team

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Oct 11, 2021

Workshop #4: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 

Oct 13, 2021

Mentor and community partner check-ins


Oct 14, 2021

Mentor and community partner check-ins


Oct 18, 2021

Workshop #5: Building Intercultural Capacity

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Oct 19, 2021

Video presentations due for Feedback round evaluation


Oct 25, 2021

Feedback Round Day 1

Details to come. 

Oct 26, 2021

Feedback Round Day 2

Details to come. 


Oct 27, 2021

Feedback Round Day 3

Details to come. 


Oct 29, 2021

Finalists teams announced


Nov 1, 2021

Workshop #6: Professional Applications of Challenge Work

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Nov 8, 2021

Reading Week - No challenge activities

Nov 15, 2021

Video presentations due for Finals


Nov 18, 2021

Final Presentations

Details to come. 


Nov 30, 2021

Deadline for teams to debrief with community partners and complete workshop requirements