CEHD Sustainable Development Goals Initiative

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries.

Because SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries, the University of Minnesota launched a system-wide initiative to support and promote transdisciplinary research, teaching, and partnerships to advance sustainable development in Minnesota, the U.S., and the globe through grants, information, and opportunities linked to SDG targets and indicators.

In alignment with the University, CEHD launched its own SDGs initiative. As a first step to identify CEHD’s contributions within the framework, existing University data collected by Experts@Minnesota Collections were examined. Based on this data, the categories that CEHD contributed to the most were identified, as well as which departments were most active. These data were collected by a keyword algorithm, so it may not have comprehensively or accurately captured all activities.

Top five CEHD contributions:

  1. Good Health and Well-Being – 160 contributions
  2. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions – 74 contributions
  3. Quality Education – 61 contributions
  4. Gender Equality – 31 contributions
  5. Reduced Inequalities – 25 contributions

This video introduces the 17 SDGs and helps viewers envision their teaching, research, and activities within the framework. Guest speakers collaborate with volunteer faculty to guide them through the process of mapping their work within the SDGs.

Karen Brown, Director Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), Katey Pelica, co-director of the UMN's Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC), Jan Frasen, UMN Libraries, @Experts, Faculty volunteer: Stephanie Sisco (OLPD)

University SDG Grants

In 2020-21, the University launched new grants aligned with the SDGs. Two CEHD faculty members were awarded this grant:

Christopher Johnstone (OLPD, Comparative and International Development Education) – Civil Society Advocacy, Children with Disabilities, and the Sustainable Development Goals

Lesa Clarkson (OLPD, Curriculum & Instruction) – Bridging the Digital Divide in STEM through an Immersive Local and Global Maker Program

CEHD supports the United Nations’ SDGs vision and is committing resources to align its teaching, research, and service to its blueprint. CEHD International Initiatives is supporting faculty in understanding how their work aligns with the SDGs.