Making an Impact

Engaged Learning Office 

The Engaged Learning Office (ELO), launched in 2017, is an initiative to facilitate transformational, high-quality engaged learning experiences for all UMSI students with local and global community partners.

From organizing data for non-profits in southeast Michigan to working with human rights lawyers in India, students will help solve challenging information problems while gaining hands-on experience in their fields of interest, and learning how to work productively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.  Through the programs and services offered by ELO, students engage in information and technology-related projects and action-based learning as a significant part of their studies.

The ELO works with a wide range of community partners from all industry types and sectors, ranging from Fortune 500 tech companies to grassroots social services non-profits and to cultural and heritage industries in a variety of project-based opportunities.  Community partners can engage with UMSI students as a means to amplify the impact of their information systems and to increase their internal knowledge of appropriate and novel information practices.


ELO Staff:

Kelly Kowatch, Director, Engaged Learning Office,

Alissa Talley-Pixley, Assistant Director, Engaged Learning Office,

Scott TenBrink, Manager, Citizen Interaction Design,

Jill Coughlin, Intercultural and Global Engagement Program Manager,

Jennifer Chizek, Design, Innovation, and Engaged Learning Program Manager,