UB’s Undergraduate Academies are living and learning
communities that bring together university faculty, staff, alumni
and students to focus on five broad themes:
The Sustainability Academy’s mission is to provide a center for student interest in understanding, developing, and maintaining sustainability. Sustainability is often defined in one of two ways. On the one hand, we say something is sustainable if its use does not reduce future opportunities of its use. On the other hand, sustainability has historically been taken to involve a balance between ecological integrity, economic development, and social equity. Balancing these often competing pressures across time provides the challenge and hope for living well in the modern era. Reflecting on and improving our efforts at negotiating this difficult balancing act is the focal point of the sustainability academy.
Academies students learn about sustainable practices by examining the subject academically, and by pursuing sustainability initiatives in their own lives, in the university, in the greater Buffalo community, and in the broader world. The sustainability academy facilitates student involvement in collaborative problem solving, addressing some of the most vexing problems of our day. Under the guidance of Academic Director, Kenneth Shockley, Associate Professor of Philosophy, students will:
The mission of the Entrepreneurship Academy is to enhance the undergraduate experience at UB and harness students’ creative and innovative spirit. This Academy helps prepare undergraduate students for future business development and provides avenues for enhancing leadership skills. This Academy promotes skills that help students understand the process that goes into taking an idea and turning it into a product, and the skills needed to work with a diverse array of constituents in making ideas turn into realities. In addition, the Entrepreneurship Academy affords students the opportunity to breakdown the mystery of entrepreneurship.
The Academies is a collaborative venture which benefits from the wisdom and curiosity of all members within the university community.
Sustainability related discovery seminars offered through the Undergraduate Academies expose students to key topics in the discipline and ideal for students who want to learn more about the topic but aren’t studying a sustainability related major. Recent seminars have included “Explore Sustainability” and “Sustainable Development.”
Participation in the Undergraduate Academies is open to all UB undergraduate students. If you choose to participate, you can be involved at many different levels by:
● registering for an Academies’ sponsored seminar
● residing in the Academies’ residential community
● attending a variety of workshops, speaking engagements, special trips, and community building events
The level of involvement is completely up to you. You can get involved in a lot of what we do or just sample activities when something strikes your interest.
Many students find that their Academies experience shapes their thinking about their undergraduate program, choice of internship opportunities, career paths, and yes thier outlook on sustainability. Those who participate in the academies at all levels have found that their involvement has helped them to:
● foster closer relationships with faculty, staff, and students
● enhance their involvement in university life
● develop a meaningful connection between academic concepts and out-of-class activities
● enhance their personal and intellectual growth
● network and develop valuable career and graduate school references