Published: June 29, 2020 By

This summer, in partnership with the Research and Innovation Office’s (RIO) Innovation and Entrepreneurship team and the College of Arts & Sciences Community Engagement initiative, the ASSETT Innovation Incubator has assembled a team of three undergraduate student interns to design and launch a campus-wide student challenge to tackle the question: How might we creatively use our resources to support meaningful connections within our campus community while physically distancing?

Over a rapid, 10-week period, the interns will design and launch the SKO Together Challenge that invites University of Colorado Boulder undergraduate students to imagine ways that they can have a connected campus community experience through a persistent pandemic, no matter how we are living, learning, and working. This virtual challenge will be live in mid-July, and students submitting top ideas will be awarded with funding and mentorship to develop their campus connection concepts throughout fall 2020.

Meet our summer campus connection student challenge interns:

Alexis Harris

Hi! My name is Alexis Harris and I am a rising junior majoring in English with a teaching licensure in secondary education and a minor in technology, arts, and media. My great passion in life has always been learning as much as I can, and it’s one of the reasons I’ve chosen to spend my career in a classroom. My favorite quote comes from Bill Nye, who once said, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t," and they have become words I try to live by. I’m excited to work on the Campus Connection project to hopefully aid students in making these meaningful relationships that they can have the wonderful opportunity to learn and grow from, even amidst our uncertain times.

Elise Rosado

Hi, my name is Elise Rosado and I am a theatre BFA student studying costume design and lighting design with a minor in digital art.  Growing up in a Puerto Rican home as well as a military family has given me the ability to use art as a collaborative tool to gain a greater understanding of the world around me.  As a Hispanic woman and artist, I’d love to create resources for students that are both inclusive and engaging in these uncertain times.

Lily Zafran

Hi! My name is Lily Zafran and I am a rising senior studying sociology with a minor in business and a certificate in social innovation. I am very interested in innovative social impact, I love problem-solving, and I am so excited to work on the Campus Connection project! In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with friends hiking and at the beach, and watching female comedians' stand-up.