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Office of Thought Leadership and Civic Engagement (OTLCE)

Through high school outreach, our Thrivals speaker program, Project Build, and much more, we aim to transform the area. Learn more about the opportunities available to your school, business, family, or organization.

The University and city are partners. Together, we can address the problems our community faces. The Office of Thought Leadership and Civic Engagement helps build and sustain initiatives that support our local communities. We fulfill this commitment by promoting:

  • Engaged scholarship opportunities
  • Signature partnerships
  • Local, state, national and international collaborations
  • Documentation, assessment, and accountability

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Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)

ACAP is a 6-day summer residency program where selected students reside at the University of Louisville to attend workshop sessions, panel discussions, and site visits to learn about college majors and careers in accounting, finance, data analytics, and computer information systems.

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The Cardinal Bridge Academy

The mission of the Cardinal Bridge Academy (CBA) is to offer a transformative educational experience to high school juniors and seniors from talented diverse communities.

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Elevate Portland Initiative

The Elevate Portland Initiative is designed to provide students the basic needs that support a higher quality learning environment and to nurture aspirational goals that will encourage a path to higher education.

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Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council

The Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council (LYPC) strives to educate youth about philanthropy – thus creating an appreciation of our community needs and how they can be met.

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National Association of Black Accountants

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.) is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance, and related business professions.

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Project Build

Project BUILD is a game changer that will lead students on the path of thought leadership for the future.

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Thrivals is especially interested in students who are the future disruptors, who are comfortable with the unknown, who yearn for global awareness, and greater knowledge of understanding of some of the major driving forces that will shape our mid to long-term future.

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Business 101 Dual Credit Program

College of Business professors voluntarily teach introductory courses to high school students to help expose them to the world of business. In one program, CoB partners with Louisville Central High School to offer a dual credit course in business management. Classes are taught by ten volunteer UofL professors. COB management professor Nat Irvin II and CHS teacher Joseph P. Gutmann, a UofL graduate and adjunct professor, and head of the Law & Government Magnet Academy at CHS, created the course, Introduction to Business Management. Students take classes in economics, organizational behavior, leadership, business law, communications, finance, accounting, computer information systems, project management, decision making, and management. The course counts as three hours of college credit.

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