Welcome to Innovation Day

A. Gabriel Esteban, President

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We live in a fast-changing world. Innovation and creativity – not to mention flexibility – go a long way. The ongoing global pandemic, social unrest and political turmoil have only amplified the acute need for a collaborative and compassionate mindset. DePaul students gain all these critical skills through the scholarly work of our faculty.

Last year’s inaugural Innovation Day highlighted your ingenuity and, despite unforeseen challenges, led to new initiatives. This year, we’re excited to share a program designed to connect colleagues and spark even further innovation. I hope you find the day’s sessions energizing and enlightening. Thank you for participating, and I look forward to following your progress.

Salma Ghanem, Interim Provost

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Welcome to the Second Annual DePaul Innovation day.  What a great way to begin the new calendar year where we set the tone for 2021.  A tone of celebration where we highlight a few of the innovative projects and partnerships that are taking place at DePaul.

Despite the challenges of the past year, innovation never stopped at DePaul.  In fact, the pandemic actually unleashed even more of the creativity that is part of our DNA. We will hear from our colleagues throughout the institution on research projects and on new approaches to teaching and learning. Meeting virtually over the last few months didn’t deter great partnerships from developing or projects from moving forward.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your hard work, compassion and creativity. Thank you for setting the tone of innovation that will be the hallmark of 2021.

Organizing Committee

It is with the greatest pleasure that we welcome you to the Second Annual DePaul Innovation Day. We hope that you will find the meeting informative and helpful in the following ways: sharing ideas and best practices for innovations and collaborations, learning about new initiatives, networking and community building.

Beyond an opportunity to learn about innovative initiatives at DePaul, the Innovation Day is designed to encourage more individuals to turn their ideas into projects.  The President and the Provost will open the day with remarks, and the day will feature presentations of projects funded by the DePaul Academic Growth Initiative Fund (AGIF) and Internal Grants Councils, and two panel conversations on leveraging partnerships across disciplines and the Teacher-Scholar model.

We wish to thank the presenters and staff for all the hard work to make the 2021 DePaul Innovation Day a success. We especially wish to thank Provost Salma Ghanem for all her advice, encouragement, and shared vision for innovation at DePaul. We also thank the Office of Academic Events for the support in streamlining the meeting logistics.

Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can help make this meeting even more successful and productive.

The Innovation Day Organizing Committee
Daniela Stan Raicu, Academic Affairs/Office of Research Services
Marty Martin, Driehaus College of Business
Maija Renko, Driehaus College of Business
Betty Shanahan, Office of the Executive Vice President
Melissa Grady, University Marketing and Communication
Lauren Miller, Office of Research Services
Victoria Simek, Office of Academic Events
Nancy Gonzalez, Office of Academic Events