Campus and Community Connections: The Evolving IUPUI Common Theme Project

  • Kathleen A. Hanna Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Keywords: Higher Education, Community Engagement


In 2009, IUPUI launched the Common Theme Project, designed to ''promote campus unity, conversation, and collaboration on timely issues that connect IUPUI to central Indiana and the world. " This paper briefly discusses the evolution of the Common Theme Project, from its roots as a freshman common reader to the current campus focus on social entrepreneurship, strategies that increased campus and community interest, and the goal to move from a ''project" status to a campus initiative that will enhance IUPUl's commitment to outreach and engagement.