UC Student Creates Innovative Organization on Campus
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences mathematics student Jared Haggit created the organization, Innovation Initiative.
When professor of management Ralph Brueggemann posed a question to his class — "Who has taken a course to learn how to analyze the way you think or solve problems?" — very few people raised their hands. That response gave Jared Haggit — a fourth-year mathematics major and entrepreneurship minor — an idea.
“I thought it was a really good idea to have an organization solely focused on innovation and innovation principles,” says Haggit.
After words of support from classmates in another student organization he is involved in, Entrepreneurship Club, Haggit decided to create a new student organization, Innovation Initiative. And naturally, he asked Brueggeman to be the adviser.
The purpose of Innovation Initiative is to bring local professionals to campus to discuss how they became innovators in their specific fields and give tips to students about how they can do the same. For example, Haggit has already spoken to an employee at Cladwell — a Cincinnati-based online personal stylist site for men — about speaking to students in the fall about how the unique company got started.
Since Haggit knows that the word "innovation" can have a broad set of definitions, he says he hopes the organization will help students find their own meaning of it.
“I really wanted to provide someplace where people could sit down, define it, see what they can do, and see how it can help their studies or whatever their doing,” he says.
With a diverse group of 15 members — a combination of DAAP, McMicken, business and engineering students — Haggit hopes the organization will even inspire innovation at UC through the ideas of students.
“I think we could be a catalyst, a driver for some of those ideas, the ones that could be successful,” he says.
Students interested in the organization can email Jared Haggit (Haggitjm@mail.uc.edu), visit the organization’s site on campuslink (campuslink.uc.edu/organization/InnovationInitiative), or view the Facebook page
for more information.