Exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Context: Mara Tanzania

Girls carrying water in Mara Tanzania .

Explore and contextualize specific challenges associated with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through mentored research and virtual engagement with partners and leaders from featured sectors and global geographies.

Project description

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States, are part of an interconnected strategy to build a better world for all people on our planet by 2030. Many challenges to achieving the sustainable development of our world are faced by people everywhere, regardless of political boundaries. And yet, the geopolitical and cultural contexts surrounding specific challenges for regions around the world play an important role in empowering communities and building capacity.

Through this exciting remote project, we invite students to explore specific challenges associated with the SDG's through a complement of independent research supported by the UB Libraries, and virtual engagement with leaders and partners from related sectors and geographies. Through contextualizing and localizing research findings through interviews and harvesting digital media, students will deepen understanding and identify areas for collaboration, innovation and support.

Project outcome

Students will gain the following:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States, are part of an interconnected strategy to build a better world for all people on our planet by 2030. Many challenges to achieving the sustainable development of our world are faced by people everywhere, regardless of political boundaries, so the efforts must be truly collaborative and involve partnerships across the globe.
  • Identification of a particular challenge of interest associated with the SDGs, and a deep exploration of related research and innovation
  • Meaningful engagement with a featured global partner or stakeholder with the goal of contextualizing research and understanding, and identifying areas for potential collaboration
  • Development of a multi-media presentation that will build our collective understanding of SDGs and opportunities for further engagement through the ELN Project Portal and related offerings

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Less than a semester (0-2 motnhs) 
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Flexible 
Benefits Other
Who is eligible Anyone

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Before engaging in this project, students should make an appointment with Mara Huber to discuss their interests
  • After meeting with Mara, students will prepare by:
    • Submitting a video profile introduction identifying specific area of interest and how it relates to student's academic, professional and/or civic goals, what they hope to learn from and contribute through their project, and any specific geographical regions or cultures of particular interest