Interdisciplinary Collaboration

How Generation Z Is Shaping The Change In Education


By Sieve Kozinsky


Generation Z has officially entered college. And just as the Millennials before them, this generation is disrupting the way learning happens in higher education. But these differences go beyond just a greater dependence on technology. Gen Z-ers tend to embrace social learning environments, where they can be hands-on and directly involved in the learning process. They expect on-demand services that are available at any time and with low barriers to access. And they tend to be more career-focused earlier on in their college careers.

A study done by Barnes and Noble College shows that today’s students refuse to be passive learners. They aren’t interested in simply showing up for class, sitting through a lecture, and taking notes that they’ll memorize for an exam later on. Instead, they expect to be fully engaged and to be a part of the learning process themselves.

In fact, Gen Z students tend to thrive when they are given the opportunity to have a fully immersive educational experience and they even enjoy the challenges of being a part of it. For instance, 51% of surveyed students said they learn best by doing while only 12% said they learn through listening. These same students also mentioned they tend to enjoy class discussions and interactive classroom environments over the traditional dissemination teaching method. (Read More...)



Community engagement and collaborations can strengthen the bottom line of nonprofits

Coming Together from a Place of Strength, Not Weakness

Nonprofits are facing increased pressure to develop new and more efficient ways to deliver on their missions. Thoughtful and unconventional collaborations can strengthen the bottom line of nonprofits while delivering added value to their communities.

Authored by Carrie Fox

Authored by Carrie Fox

In January, Leadership Montgomery, a small but influential nonprofit leadership center in Maryland, unveiled its new strategic plan, complete with a new mission, vision, and way of talking about the organization’s community impact.

This shift followed a time of deep reflection for the organization. For nearly 30 years, Leadership Montgomery had brought together private, public, and nonprofit professionals through leadership trainings and service activities that broaden perspectives and build connections for community improvement. But with a new CEO at the helm, it was time for a step back to move forward—to reframe tired language and re-examine the organization’s role and relevance within the community.

Leadership Montgomery timed the unveiling of its new strategic plan so that it coincided with the announcement of a major expansion of its programming—via the addition of another small but influential nonprofit called the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC). CVC trains businesses on how to build effective volunteer and charitable programs, and it too had been going through a time of reflection; its board wondered how it would or could scale CVC’s model to more effectively interlace with the region’s business and community leaders.

“The needs of our county have evolved,” said Leadership Montgomery’s new CEO during the public announcement. “As I’ve listened to what our members, our graduates, and our partners desire in leadership programming, I’ve realized without hesitation that with CVC, we can deliver more for those whom we support, and we can pull our community closer together in the process.” (Read more...)

Interdisciplinary Research at GW



We are at an exciting time in GW’s history for studying engineering. The Science and Engineering Hall just had its grand opening this past March. You’ll be riding the nationwide surge for college students studying STEM fields. You’ll get to live in DC, where policy and technology are evolving every day. Whether you see yourself as a biomedical engineer planning for medical school, a systems engineer aiming for a job in finance or business management, or even an uncertain engineering student...Read More..

Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership



The United States is known as a melting pot of races, ethnicities, religions, cultures, and traditions, and has always prided itself on that description. We have only grown more diverse as a nation over time; moreover, new media has allowed for a significant increase in racial/ethnic group identity and pride, not to mention an easy and effective way to share information and organize for change (Shivers 2004). Read More...

DePauw University School of Music’s launches innovative 21CM program to prepare musicians for the next century

Today’s musical landscape has evolved to include all kinds of sounds, instruments, and musical performances. No longer do professional and aspiring musicians fit neatly into genres defined by history or expectations.

In fact, the 21st Century Musician is often responsible for charting their own course and carving out a niche within which to practice and share their art with their fans and the world. To cultivate the talent and connections among these pioneering musicians of the 21st century, our partners at DePauw University School of Music have built an online community called 21CM, and we’re thrilled to be a part!

According to 21CM, the 21st Century Musician is a motivated and entrepreneurial individual who is evolving the musical landscape and creating opportunities for themselves and fellow musicians through their work. 21CM aims to highlight the accomplishments of these musicians through the online magazine at, and also offers educational and informational resources, and an online, collaborative platform called The Hub.

As of Thursday, January 29, 21CM went live with the public launch of the online website The website is an online, professional resource created expressly to help serious musicians thrive in today’s modern musical landscape. is designed for musicians at various stages of their career. Edited through DePauw and written by renowned journalists, administrators and artists in the field, our content covers the people, organizations and projects advancing our art form– from musical icons to up-and-comers. Follow 21CM onTwitter or Facebook.

Along with DePauw and Tenlegs, the creative team behind 21CM includes editorial development – Scott Timberg and Mark McCoy (Dean of DePauw School of Music); website design – Jennifer Logan and Studio Fuse; and creative/editorial direction – Elizabeth Hinckley of Definitive Culture.

Become a foundational member of 21CM and The Hub – create your profile, join a project, and start making connections with musicians worldwide!

Tenlegs’ Role

Tenlegs is honored to work with and support DePauw School of Music in this endeavor. In addition to the digital magazine and resources, 21CM is leveraging the Tenlegs Partner Network to provideThe Hub, a collaborative, social online platform for 21st Century Musicians to showcase and share their work, and to connect and collaborate with fellow artists and musicians. We’re excited to be an integral part of this important new network for pioneering professional and aspiring musicians. Learn more about 21CM here.