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Interdisciplinary Solutions for Social Impact

Inaugurated in 2020, the Interdisciplinary Solutions for Social Impact (ISSI) program brings together a disciplinarily diverse group of faculty and students to consider and act on wicked problems in the real world. ISSI consists of a collaborative workshop in the fall and faculty-led, team-taught lab spaces in the spring, all centered around a common theme. For 2021-22, the theme is Impacting Inequality.

Meet the faculty

Inequalities and Education

  • David Garcia, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Brendan O’Connor, School of Transborder Studies
  • Rafael Martínez Orozco, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Photos of David Garcia, Brendan O’Connor and Rafael Martínez Orozco


Health, Communities and Wellbeing 

  • Felipe Castro, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Dawn Gilpin, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


The ISSI Labs meet each spring semester. They are combined as Applied Project (593) or Special Topics (598) courses under prefixes representing the disciplines of participating faculty. In spring 2022, under the theme of "Impacting Inequality," we're offering the following labs:

Inequalities and Education

GRD 593/TWC 593/TSS 593/EPA 598 (#29258)
Session C: 1/10/22 through 4/24/22
Tuesday, 3 – 5:45 p.m.
Tempe campus
1-3 units

Health, Communities and Inequality

GRD 598 (#37860)
Session C: 3/14/22 through 4/29/22
Wednesday, 3 – 5:45 p.m.
Tempe campus
3 units

Learn more about ISSI

Watch recordings from our Fall 2021 workshop below:

ISSI overview and Q+A (YouTube)

ISSI overview slide presentation (PDF)

ISSI Spring 22 labs: Inequality + Education breakout session (YouTube)

ISSI Spring 22 labs: Inequality + Wellbeing breakout session (YouTube)


Watch past lectures from the Interdisciplinary Solutions web series below:

Why transdisciplinarity? (YouTube)

Mapping a local ecology: Building your own stakeholder map (YouTube)

Questions about ISSI in general or how the labs run? 

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