Nearly 100 individuals — hailing from universities across the country and around the world — gathered in Raleigh last weekend for the Summit for Transformative Education, a three-day event that sought to foster skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and community building.
The summit, led by the Transformative Action Institute, a national group that promotes social innovation, used a series of lectures and workshops to give participants professional development that they could take back to their respective campuses and communities.
The group’s summits are held throughout the year at universities nationwide, including Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University. Kevin Miller, the East Coast summit organizer for the institute and a 2013 N.C. State University graduate, said he feels the summits teach attendees how to explore their passions in social innovation and use these passions to help others.
Of the participants at the Raleigh summit, about half were students, faculty and staff from UNC, Duke University, N.C. State University or Elon University. This summit was endorsed by a variety of groups, including the UNC system and the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke.
“UNC was one of the largest schools represented, which is an indicator of how entrepreneurial and innovative UNC students are,” said Allie Treske Ahearn, assistant communications director for UNC’s Campus Y.