IIN Social Innovation Workshop

Date / Time

April 11, 2022

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Join the Illinois Innovation Network and leaders in the social innovation space and identify collaboration opportunities at the upcoming Social Innovation Workshop.

Presenters from IIN hubs/institutions will highlight their work on social innovation in Illinois. The workshop will connect interdisciplinary practitioners and academics and multi-sector professionals who are looking for ideas to expand collaborative opportunities for social innovation in Illinois.

Plenary Session:

  • Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
    Ben Lough, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Breakout Sessions:

  • From the Classroom to the Field: Simulation Training for Workforce Development
    Betsy Goulet, PhD, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Growing an Illinois GeoSTEM Learning Ecosystem: Innovative Science & Sustainability Storylines
    Cheryl Manning, Northern Illinois University
  • Engaging in Cross-Disciplinary Learning with Multiple Universities
    Nichole Hugo, Ph.D., Eastern Illinois University
  • Entrepreneurship and Criminal Justice: A Multidimensional Approach to Recidivism and Re-Entry
    ChanseSonsalla and Ryan Maranville, Illinois State University
  • Creation and Evaluation of Two Novel Cancer Risk Indices in Illinois
    M. Courtney Hughes, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
  • Social Entrepreneurs: The Key to Social Change & Disaster Response
    Evan Kubicek, Eastern Illinois University
  • Social Innovation Model for Addressing Food Access in Cairo
    Sean Park, M.A., Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs and Western Illinois University
  • Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)
    Kateri Castillo Nelis, MS, MPH, University of Illinois Chicago
  • The Divorce Education Assessment Collaborative: Cooperating Effectively to Identify What Can Work in Family Programming
    Luke Russell, Ph.D., Illinois State University
  • Using Blockchain as a Tool for Social Innovation
    Valeri Werpetinski, M.A., and Jake Kinsey, MBA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Sustainable Business Strategies and Corporate Social Responsibility
    Reggie Greenwood. M.S., Governors State University
  • CURES Community Project Lab: Interdisciplinary Sustainable Solutions for Small to Medium-Sized Illinois Communities Facing a Changing Climate
    Carolee Rigsbee, Ph.D., University of Illinois Springfield & DPI, EIU, NIU, UIC, UIUC

Meeting will be held via Zoom.


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