About Catalyst & Catalyst Day


About Catalyst Day

Catalyst Day is designed to showcase Ripon College’s new Catalyst curriculum and celebrate the achievements of the students who are completing the capstone seminar in Applied Innovation. The theme for this year’s Catalyst Day reflects Ripon’s institutional commitments to sustainability and innovation. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to watch student presentations that tackle worldwide issues.

The Challenges

Catalyst 300 students are tasked with developing solutions to prominent real-world issues outlined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. After Catalyst students are assigned one of these challenges, they demonstrate their mastery of applied innovation by identifying a location where their challenge exists and working collaboratively to propose viable solutions. The topics are outlined below.

golden stalks of wheat

In the United States, one in eight people do not know where their next meal might come from.

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Those in need are often not able to access care either due to lack of facilities or cost.


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Climate Change

Anthropogenic climate change may be one of the greatest challenges facing humanity.


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Water Pollution

Across the globe, 30% of people do not have access to safe drinking water.

run down homes on the side of a cliff
Poverty & Inequality

Despite many global advances, over 10% of the world survives on less than $1.90 per day.


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About Catalyst

Ripon College’s Catalyst curriculum develops the 21st-century skills that employers seek.


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