University of Notre Dame


Urban Challenge II Info Session

February 09 5:00 - 6:00PM
EVENT TYPE: Find Your Way, Have a Little Fun, Work Your Intellect LOCATION: 242 Coleman-Morse Center

Faculty Host: Dr. Yvonne Mikuljan and Dr. Erin Moira Lemrow

Spring semester’s Urban Challenge II invites first-year students to delve a little deeper into an issue of local or regional importance. Individuals or groups can submit a proposal that addresses a concern of the greater Michiana community — South Bend, Mishawaka, and Niles (Michigan).

This proposal can be envisioned as the beginning of a research project. Concrete, creative proposals might address and propose solutions for issues related to: economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community and police relationships, youth programs, sustainability of the environment, food security, or arts/cultural awareness.

Questions to consider might include: What makes for a vibrant community? What gifts does the community already posses that could assist in advancing community issues of import? What specific needs/challenges does this particular community have? How can you — as Notre Dame students — work with community partners to meet the challenges?

The prize for the winning proposal is $500. Additional funding up to $500 is available for the Urban Challenge winner(s) to implement their ideas the following academic year. The winner(s) will also be invited to present their proposal at Ignite Michiana, a local, high-energy event that brings together a variety of speakers who share their personal passions and visions for the community.

Watch 2013 Urban Challenge winner Ethan Chen’s Ignite Michiana presentation on his proposal.

All Urban Challenge Proposals will be due, Friday, March 31.

Please email Dr. Erin Moira Lemrow to sign up to attend or to ask additional questions.