The VISION of the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (IIGE) is a globally engaged campus.
Our MISSION is to advance solutions for an interdependent world through interdisciplinary research, inclusive innovation, and community engagement.
The IIGE is home to three signature programs: Global Honors, the Global Innovation and Design Lab, and the NextGen Civic Leader Corps. Through well-resourced and experientially rich pathways in honors, global engagement, innovation and design, and civic engagement, we prepare students for success in graduate studies and careers in industry, government, public service, and nonprofit sectors.
The Global Honors Program
Global Honors is UW Tacoma's only interdisciplinary campus honors program, adding distinction to the bachelor's degree. Generous funding, small cohorts, and seminar style classes contribute to a supportive and inclusive environment.
The Global Honors Program extends its benefits to all UW Tacoma students through two Minors. Students are eligible for a range of financial awards and build career connections through the IIGE's professional network.
Students work directly with community clients under the guidance of faculty and site supervisors. The quarterly, competitive GlD Award Program brings students into a professional environment where they receive training in design thinking and participatory design methodologies to assist in campus and community workshops. Community connections and portfolios provide students with a valuable lead into careers and studies beyond graduation.
The IIGE offers microcredentials in two high value programs that connect student to careers in innovation and design, public service, and civic engagement. Microcredentials are shorter-term, specialized learning opportunities that give students the skills and connections they need to graduate to careers in their chosen field of study. Students earn digital badges that effectively convey the learning undertaken. The IIGE's microcredentials are awarded by a faculty executive committee of its representative Faculty Council.