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Areas of Impact

WHAT ARE AREAS OF IMPACT FOR THE BLUE SKY INSTITUTE?

Founded and funded in 2017 by College of Business and Economics Dean Ken Petersen and College of Health Sciences Dean Tim Dunnagan, BSI is a cross-disciplinary effort of the College of Business and Economics (COBE), the College of Health Sciences (COHS), and the School of Public Service (SPS) at Boise State University. BSI’s areas of strategic impact currently include:

  1. Diversity & Inclusion: Through its Responsible Business Initiative (RBI), BSI is leading efforts to improve strategies and practices within the business community to achieve better diversity and inclusion outcomes in the Treasure Valley.  Working to bridge diverse talent at Boise State with area employers committed to diversity and inclusion, RBI is recognized as an essential catalyst for economic and cultural success in our community.
  2. Homelessness: BSI supports a university-wide partnership with the Interfaith Sanctuary, a Boise-based homeless shelter benefiting from projects undertaken by  students and faculty from the College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering and College of Innovation and Design. With a myriad of social issues contributing to housing instability, BSI is also undertaking a benchmarking study, led by our partners in the Idaho Policy Institute, to better identify opportunities for Boise State to invest in homelessness efforts across Idaho’s continuum of care.
  3. Impact Measurement: BSI also 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, College of Health Science and School of Public Service are measuring and transparently reporting on their impacts.
  4. Mental Health: BSI is facilitating a partnership between Idaho’s two major hospital systems, the Department of Health and Welfare, and other key stakeholders to improve the support and resources available to address mental health crisis in our state.
  5. Pay for Success: BSI is supporting Idaho’s first pay for performance contract related to the achievement of improved early literacy outcomes for children in public elementary schools across the state. This work requires collaboration between Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC), the Idaho State Department of Education, Idaho School Districts and private investors, and is led by Boise State College of Education professor Dr. Evelyn Johnson and BSI co-director Dr. Angeli Weller.