2019 Impact-Focused Education Unconference

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June 26-28 | Mountaintop @ Lehigh University

What's the Unconference about?

Passion. Purpose. Energy. Education. Impact.

What skillsets, mindsets, and portfolios prepare students and faculty for impact-focused careers in a rapidly-changing world? What kinds of learning environments and ecosystems do we need to build to prepare the next cadre of scientists, artists, engineers, sociologists, educators, accountants, who are ready to pursue new intellectual pathways and collaboratively address the challenges of our times, and to understand and solve problems that we don’t even know exist?

Join a community of creative, passionate, and engaged educators, thought leaders, academic entrepreneurs, and social changemakers as they engage in a series of conversations and pop-up workshops during the Impact-Focused Education Unconference. Over three days at the beautiful Mountaintop Campus of Lehigh University, participants will exchange ideas, share proven practices, and build new relationships to develop their own programs and ecosystems that deliver an impact-focused education.

The themes for the Unconference include (but are not limited to):
  1. 21st Century Skills; Mindsets, Skillsets, and Portfolios for a rapidly-changing world.
  2. Preparing students and faculty to traverse the journey from Inquiry to Impact; Ideation to Execution.
  3. Needs and Opportunities for Faculty Development.
  4. Learning Spaces, Creative Spaces, Maker Spaces.
  5. Programs, Partnerships, Pathways to Impact.
  6. Catalyzing and Accelerating Institutional Culture Change.

Why should you attend?

Engage with faculty, professional staff, and thought leaders to pose questions, gain insights, and form new networks. Develop pathways toward innovative best practices in the field of inquiry-driven, impact-focused higher education. Experience the historic and beautiful Mountaintop Campus at Lehigh University and interact with faculty-student teams working on an exciting array of interdisciplinary projects. A far departure from the tyranny of Powerpoint and the exhaustive (and exhausting) programming that dominates conventional conferences, the Unconference format allows for spontaneous networking and unstructured learning opportunities…in a beautiful setting with excellent camaraderie and creative conversations.


There is a block of hotel rooms reserved under the name "IFE Unconference" at the Comfort Suites University on W 3rd St. in downtown Bethlehem.

The rate is $90/night for a standard King room and rooms are available for the nights of June 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2019.

Please call Comfort Suites directly at (610) 882-9700 to reserve a room. Reservations must be made by June 11th to guarantee availability.

Registration deadline is June 15, 2019!

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, June 26
Afternoon: Optional Campus Tour (precise meeting time and location TBA)

6:00pm – Reception – cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
6:45pm – Dinner – Setting the Stage – Iain Kerr

Tower Room, Iacocca Hall, Mountaintop Campus

Thursday, June 27
All Sessions take place in Building C, Mountaintop Campus

8:30am - Networking Breakfast (C-2 high bay)

9:00am - Unconference Welcome: Khanjan Mehta (Room 115)
• Impact-Focused Education
• Skillsets, Mindsets, and Portfolios for a rapidly-changing world
• How to make the most of the Unconference
10:00am – Break

10:15am - Lightning Talks Session #1 (5 minutes each) (Room 115)

11:15am - Morning Discussions (C-2 high bay)
• Mentoring Multidisciplinary teams – Pali Singh, facilitator
• Integrating Experiential Learning into Courses – Julia Delk, facilitator
• Outcomes Beyond the Learning Outcomes – Khanjan Mehta, facilitator

12:30pm: Networking Lunch (C-2 high bay)
1:30pm: Lightning Talks Session #2 (5 minutes each) (Room 115)


3:00pm - Afternoon Discussions TBD (C-2 high bay)

4:00pm - Emergent Conversations (C-2 high bay)
(participants should write topics on the whiteboards throughout the day)

5:00-7:00pm – Reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
The Social Still, 530 E. 3rd Street, Bethlehem

7:00pm - Small group dinner TBA

Friday, June 28
All sessions planned for C-2 high bay

8:30am – Breakfast

9:00am – Summary of Day 1 - James Tangorra, facilitator

9:30am – Morning Discussions
• Scaling Faculty Impact - Kirsten Dodson, facilitator
• Institutional/Cultural Change – Sabrina Jedlicka, facilitator
• Building Impact-Focused Global Collaborations – Esther Obonyo, facilitator

10:45am – Emergent Conversations on “Making Change Happen”

12:00pm – Networking Lunch

1:00pm – Time for Engagement with Mountaintop Summer Experience Students

2:00pm – UnPoster Session

3:00om – Reflections and Takeaways

4:00pm – End of Unconference