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Pathway 3: Achieve Social Impact

University Goal: Foster social good through robust engagement of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni with the local and global community.

3.1 CWRU Objective: External Partnerships. Engage in meaningful partnerships with an array of industry and nonprofit organizations to advance knowledge creation, from the local to the global.

KSL Initiative:

3.1.1 Collaborate with the other campus and University Circle libraries, and the Cleveland and East Cleveland Public Libraries to explore, develop and implement a strategic agenda of services and programs through which the libraries can achieve social impact in our local communities. [2] 


3.2 CWRU Objective: Local Engagement.  Act locally for global impact by significantly improving the mental, physical, legal, environmental, and financial health of Cleveland and East Cleveland.

KSL Initiatives:

3.2.1 Develop enriched orientation, instructional, and personalized research support services to acclimate transfer students, especially those from local community colleges. 
3.2.2 Create an open access collection of CWRU-generated scholarship about Cleveland, made publicly accessible through Digital Case, that provides a single point of access to university-produced scholarship about Cleveland.


3.4 CWRU Objective: Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Accelerate the adoption of a culture of translating ideas into innovation and engaging in entrepreneurial thinking, acting and doing. 

KSL Initiative:

3.4.1 Provide an online guide to library and other information resources about innovation and entrepreneurship to support members of the university community as they pursue their start-up idea. 


[2] Examples: (a) Campus: Cleveland Humanities Festival, work with local high schools to work with a librarian in a session, Art of STEM contest). (b) Community: potential expertise sharing, e.g., provide specialized academic library expertise and research assistance at/for public libraries; programs to engage with public high schools in UC to improve student information literacy; coordinate access to research content; coordinate sharing of public programs and joint exhibits on topics of social importance; explore collaborative funding opportunities for community grant or foundation applications.