CMU UPLift Challenge
During spring 2017, the Task Force on the CMU Experience invited students, faculty and staff to submit creative ideas to make common spaces more engaging, collaborative and fun. The term UPLift refers to “University Place-making,” the idea that the right kind of physical spaces can meaningfully influence community and culture. Proposals were encouraged to align with three overarching themes: Health and Wellness; Crossroads of the Mind; and Recognizably CMU.
The creative ideas received from students, faculty and staff were beyond expectation. The Task Force on the CMU Experience received 59 proposals (many of which were teams that included faculty, student and staff members) and approved five projects to move forward during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The inaugural year of the UPLift Challenge was an enormous success, and we are looking to fund another round of projects for the 2018-2019 academic year. From hammock clusters to light displays, the CMU community displayed its creativity in helping to shape public spaces in unique and functional ways. We’re just getting started. With nearly 60 projects submitted this year, the potential to improve campus is substantial, but we need your help.
Interim president Farnam Jahanian has seen the value of these place-making projects, and is willing to match 3-to-1 any gifts given to the UPLift challenge, up to $20,000, on Giving Tuesday only. Your $100 gift today to the UPLift Challenge will be matched by a $300 gift by the president’s office. Your gift will allow students, faculty and staff to directly shape the campus around them to enrich their daily lives.
Learn more about this year’s projects. Learn more about the CMU Experience Task Force.
Thank you for supporting this one-of-a-kind opportunity!