Yesterday my Mother and I were invited to Arizona State University’s Epics annual recognition and awards luncheon. We both received ‘Community Mentor of the Year’ awards. It was pretty amazing to be in a room full of so many incredible students. The students in this program are not only passionate about changing the world but they have also developed the skill sets required to do so. These students are incredibly driven, most of them are enrolled in Barret’s honors college, and if I remember the statistic correctly over 90% have a GPA of 3.7 or above. Another really fantastic attribute of this program is the focus on women. 40% of Epics team members are female, which is a huge jump when only 20% of ASU’s engineering student body is female. My mother and I have both worked with teams on business plans of our creation over the last year.
My mother’s project (Retirement & Beyond) inspired by the death of her parents (my grandparents) last year focuses on end of life planning, and she has a pretty novel approach, you will probably start to hear about her service in the next year or so.
My project is more of a social change project, ‘World Mirror’…. our website will be finished sometime this summer, but we are featured as one of the top epics teams on the ASU website.
Both my Mother and I plan to continue working with the Epics program in the future. If you or anyone you know is interested in applying to work with students in Epics contact Richard Filley through this website.