Sustainable Development Goals & IUPUI

What are the SDGs?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the cornerstone of IUPUIs campus internationalization efforts. Our goal is to create interdisciplinary and solution-oriented opportunities for developing curriculum, partnerships, and research focused on the 2030 agenda for global change.

The SDGs are a universal call-to-action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of humankind, and it is only by working cooperatively that we can make any headway. Already IUPUI has Gold Star status as a sustainable campus, and we have a considerable number of research projects that are geared to specific SDGs: the AMPATH medical program in Kenya, our Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, the IAHI Environmental Justice seminar series, and more. By working in close cooperation with our international partners, the potential impact of our current efforts will be increased immeasurably. 

Identifying Action: the SDGs at IUPUI

In order to develop a framework for the SDG-relevant activities and interests across campus, in Summer 2020 the OIA conducted a campus-wide survey. The results were illuminating. While only a small percentage of respondents had a working knowledge of the SDGs, a solid majority—over 50%—were working in areas specifically linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Translating the work of IUPUI researchers into the language of the SDGs is a major priority.

The top 5 SDGs that survey respondents engage in are:

SDGs 4, 3, 10, 11, and 16

The SDGs and Higher Ed: an Introduction

Click below for a brief overview PDF on what the SDGs are an how higher education institutions play an important role in their implementaion. This PowerPoint also contains the preliminary results of our campus-wide survey on SDGs. 

OIA sdg powerpoint first slide

Where are we going?

We have a lot of work to do, though we are committed to the SDGs.  Moving forward this page will include an accounting of where IUPUI ranks on all 17 SDGs, more complete results of the faculty survey, upcoming SDG focused events, and profiles of the goals in action. For links to video recordings of recent SDG Global Conversations click the button below.


View previous SDG Global Conversations

Learn more about upcoming opportunties

To learn more about events, speakers, and to connect with others at IUPUI, join the SDG Mailing List. This list brings together faculty, students and staff at IUPUI and IUPUI partners to explore the potential for collaboration on the UN Sustainable Development goals. This open forum provides participants an opportunity for sharing ideas, information, funding opportunities and other posts concerned with the SDGs. Membership is open to all interested faculty, students, staff and IUPUI partners.