The University of Wisconsin-Superior has joined over 1,000 member institutions from more than 120 countries who are members of the United Nations Academic Impact, providing a platform for the university to share ideas and make connections on the global Sustainable Development Goals.

“UW-Superior is only the second UNAI member in the UW System,” said Lynn Amerman Goerdt, associate professor of social work and Global Awareness High Impact Practices coordinator. “We are excited about the ways in which this opportunity will translate into an enriched experience for our students as we expand our engagement and research on issues of global significance.”

UWS faculty, staff and students identified three sustainable development principles to focus on sustainability, global citizenship and intercultural dialogue.

“Our first-year work plan includes activities such as hosting a United Nations representative to speak to campus on issues of sustainability, a panel on global careers and bringing a delegation to the University of Manitoba-Winnipeg to learn about their UNAI focused initiatives,” Goerdt said.

Being a UNAI member brings numerous opportunities to UWS students and the campus, according to a news release from the college. These include access to fellowships and scholarships; heightened awareness of research on sustainable development goals; possible collaborations with other UNAI institutions; and access to speakers from the United Nations.