Participate

Whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff member there are multiple ways you can participate and compete in the Do Good Challenge.

Students

  • Take a Do Good Now class: In Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now (PUAF388D/BSOS388B/HONR348D), students are introduced to the concept of social innovation while exploring the many mechanisms for achieving social impact. This course deepens the students’ understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by guiding them through the creation and implementation process of a project idea of their choice. Students are encouraged to expand their project and class engagement through competition in the Institute's Do Good Challenge. Several groups of students from the course have gone on to become finalists and won the Challenge.

  • Enter as a student organization or chapter: The Do Good Challenge provides student organizations and chapters an opportunity for seed funding, one-on-one coaching, and additional resources to enhance and support their Do Good efforts. If your student organization or chapter engages in activities in fundraising, community service, awareness and advocacy, social innovation or social entrepreneurship, the Do Good Challenge is for you! Contact us to learn more or to set up an appointment with our Do Good Challenge Student Coordinators to find out how your student organization can participate in the Challenge.

  • Participate as an independent student team: Do you have an idea to Do Good on campus, in your community, or globally? Contact us to learn more or to set up an appointment with our Do Good Challenge Student Coordinators to find out how you can participate in the Do Good Challenge.
     

Faculty

Currently, courses in the School of Public Policy, Robert H. Smith School of Business, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Honors College, and College Park Scholars incorporate the Do Good Challenge as a key assignment or learning component in their curriculum.

Faculty have supported Do Good Challenge teams which:

  • Provided interactive play to children living at the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County. With nineteen Psychology volunteers Help Kids Be Kids donated a total of 363 hours to provide childcare, interactive play, and psycho-educational groups for the children;

  • Raised money and awareness to address the lack of oral health care for children in rural Honduras, where dental clinics and oral hygiene supplies are scarce. Through social media campaigns, a first-annual 5K, and online fundraisers, Miles for Smiles, as part of Global Dental Brigades at University of Maryland, helped to fund the delivery of dental hygiene kits to children living in el Paraiso, Honduras; and

  • Founded a new advocacy venture named Press Uncuffed that focuses on journalists unjustly imprisoned around the world, raised substantial seed capital, and developed partnerships with the Newseum, the New York Times and HBO.

Students engaged in Do Good Challenge modules:

  • Research issues in the community and respond by designing, executing, and evaluating a project or venture to address a problem of their choosing;

  • Collaborate with others on developing an innovative analysis, project, venture, or solution;

  • Create a project or venture proposal, status reports, team presentation, final report, and written reflection;

  • Analyze and reflect on their impact and learn ways to improve and sustain their project or venture moving forward.

Incorporating the Do Good Challenge into a course curriculum provides an opportunity for students to benefit a wide range of issues facing many communities today through a team-based, highly interactive approach. Students participate in the learning process and apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world social challenges that span across disciplines - from environmental sustainability to political justice.

Students develop skills in communication strategies and goals; project management and implementation skills; teamwork and talent management; fundraising and revenue generation; marketing and partner development; coalition building/mobilization; partnership and network development to promote goals and further action; and leadership skills in groups.

For more information on how you can incorporate the Do Good Challenge into your course, contact Katlin Meissinger, Program Coordinator for the Do Good Institute (katmeiss@umd.edu).