Three different Impact Fellowship programs provide students the opportunity to work on projects to spend one year working with faculty and external partners on interdisciplinary, innovative, impact-focused projects. These projects design, test, implement, and measure real, tangible, systemic change locally, regionally, and globally. Students receive 6 academic credits across two semesters and have the option of taking a deep dive during the summer as part of the Mountaintop Summer Experience.
Global Social Impact Fellowship
The GSIF program includes projects based in Sierra Leone, Kazakhstan, and the Philippines, with potential future additions in Madagascar. These projects address challenges in the areas of health care, sustainability, education, and hunger. Learn more about the GSIF program >
Lehigh Valley Social Impact Fellowship
The LVSIF program supports projects that improve living conditions throughout the Lehigh Valley, from the surrounding neighborhoods of south Bethlehem to the cities of Allentown and Easton and beyond. These projects address social justice matters including policing, mass incarceration, educational equity, and access to health care. Learn more about the LVSIF program >
Campus Sustainable Impact Fellowship
The CSIF currently includes eight projects which are creating substantive improvements to Lehigh University’s sustainability practices. These projects address the full range of campus operational systems, from food and dining, to waste management, to energy efficiency, to transportation. Learn more about the CSIF program >
Spaces for Creative Inquiry
At Lehigh, we have a growing network of open and accessible Creative Spaces, often with associated subcultures, that support learning, research, engagement, and all kinds of creative endeavors. Learn more about the Creative Spaces Network >
This 17,000-square-foot “Maker Space” in the heart of the Asa Packer Campus gives students and faculty the tools and resources to go from idea to physical concept.
The newly renovated Building C serves as the interdisciplinary hub for creation and research of all kinds. From its roots as the R&D home for Bethlehem Steel, this building has creative inquiry in its DNA, and now it is ready for use by next-gen doers and makers.
Zoellner Arts Center
The home for Lehigh’s departments of Music and Theatre and the LU Art Galleries, as well as a premier series of touring artists and performers from all over the world.
Programs and Centers That Support Creative Inquiry
Academic programs, research centers, and offices support Lehigh students and faculty as they engage with communities and diverse partners in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley, in local K-12 systems, and in countries around the world.
Center for Community Engagement
The CCE mobilizes university-community partnerships to address societal challenges, promotes knowledge and research for the common good, and helps cultivate engaged citizens. The CCE offers many opportunities for community-engaged learning, research, and social innovation. Visit the Center for Community Engagement >
Sustainable Development Program
The SustDev program offers academic courses as well as opportunities to engage in research, fieldwork, and social entrepreneurship in developing countries. Learn more about the Sustainable Development Program >
The Humanities Center fosters vibrant intellectual inquiry and diffuses the energies of such inquiry into the broader culture of Lehigh’s campus. Visit the Humanities Center >
Education Research Centers
The College of Education hosts three research centers—the Centennial School, the Center for Promoting Research to Practice, and the Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders—traversing the journey from inquiry to impact. Learn more about the education research
Arts at Lehigh
The departments of Theatre; Music; and Art, Architecture and Design provide opportunities for Lehigh students to express their creative energies through performance, theoretical study, and collaborative artistic projects.
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Inquiry to Impact
Lehigh students receive a world-class experiential education that integrates learning, research, and engagement to develop skill sets and mindsets, confidence and humility, passion and grit for a rapidly changing world. Students build capacities for pursuing new intellectual and creative pathways and transforming ideas and inquiries into tangible impacts that improve the human condition.