The Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, And Leadership (IDEAL) builds upon Lafayette’s strengths in the liberal arts and engineering by engaging students, faculty, and external partners to design and develop innovative solutions to complex social and technological problems.  The center provides resources, curricular connections, and incentives that build and sustain a culture of creative collaboration.



IDEAL projects are a key component of the center’s initiative to encourage multidisciplinary learning at Lafayette. They bring together students, faculty, and external partners from across disciplines.

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Co-Curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities are non-credit bearing activities that provide skills to complement students’ multidisciplinary projects and coursework.

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Certificate Programs

IDEAL is developing certificate programs that will combine coursework, projects, and co-curricular activities to focus on a specific theme such as community engagement or entrepreneurship.

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