ELEVATE is an interdisciplinary competition for social change where students come together to find solutions to a particular chosen issue. The first competition will cover the topic of mental health this semester and how we can improve the lives around us and live healthier lifestyles.

“Everybody has had some sort of interaction with mental health,” said Emilee Wright, a senior studying Visual Communications and student marketing director for ELEVATE. “Depression and anxiety affects around 60% of students.”

There were just under two hundred students who attended the kickoff event on February 28 to learn more about the competition. By March 1, a total of 42 teams of five students, representing at least 3 different colleges, signed up to participate in the event.

“We believe that every student has such specific skills and talents,” said Emilee. “They can all come together to create something that’s unique and long lasting.”

On April 4, the top six teams will present their ideas to students and judges at the finals on the MC Crossroads stage from 4-6:30pm.

“Every group has the creative freedom to take the question wherever they want as far as how their solutions will be presented.” said Emilee. “We want to implement the ideas that come from the interdisciplinary groups of how we can really improve either awareness or if we can improve those healthy lifestyles here on campus.”

The ELEVATE team urges students to attend the final event for their competition to support fellow students and to take part in choosing the social change solution winner.