Blue Sky Institute
The Blue Sky Institute (also known as BSI or Blue Sky) harnesses the knowledge, skills and resources of Boise State University to:
- Create cross-sector partnerships to tackle complex, entrenched social problems.
- Provide a nonpartisan space for new ideas and solutions to these problems alongside partners in business, health care, government, and non-profit organizations.
BSI, much like a blue sky, represents a “clean slate” with an almost infinite potential for change. BSI is role modeling higher education’s responsibility to create positive social and environmental impact in the community, and to ensure that the next generation of leaders across business, government and civil society have the skills, knowledge and commitment needed to tackle complex and wicked problems.
AREAS OF IMPACT
The Blue Sky Institute is comprised of three pillars: Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Impact Measurement, and Population Health. A more robust description is below.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (D&I)
The D&I mission is to advance diversity and inclusion thinking and practices with business, government, and Boise State leaders.
Our Diversity and Inclusion programming originated in the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) within the College of Business and Economics in partnership with Wells Fargo. RBI had 5 areas of focus: business ethics, social
responsibility, sustainability, corporate governance, and diversity and inclusion.
Over time, RBI’s focus evolved to concentrate on their D&I work. In 2018 their diversity and inclusion programming elevated to the university-level into the Blue Sky Institute expanding the stakeholder group and widening the impact on Boise State and the community.
BSI supports ongoing efforts to measure the university’s social, environmental and economic impacts through sustainability reporting and community impact assessments completed annually at the college level. Currently, the College of Business and Economics (COBE), College of Health Sciences (COHS) and School of Public Service (SPS) are measuring and transparently reporting on their impacts.
Each report is student-led and student-driven, providing the opportunity to learn three different sustainability reporting frameworks, involvement in conducting a materiality assessment, data collection and analysis, and hands on experience driving change at the college level using stakeholder feedback.
BSI initially focused on public health and healthcare by serving as a forum for the development, implementation, and validation of novel strategies that sought to improve public health and healthcare delivery within our campus community and across Idaho.
BSI has since expanded to explore innovative health models across the globe aimed at increasing population health. Our institute’s goal is to provide a nonpartisan space where stakeholders, who in some cases may have conflicting interests, can gather to discuss and seek solutions to common problems. In the Population Health focus area, BSI continues to gather stakeholders and formulate strategy around health models and health care delivery.
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