During HPU’s first Social Innovation Series event, students invited High Point Mayor Jay Wagner to campus to discuss ways the city of High Point is transforming. The event was organized by Bonner Leaders and AmeriCorps VISTAs.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 7, 2018 – High Point University’s Bonner Leaders and AmeriCorps VISTAs kicked off a new Social Innovation Series on Nov. 6 where they discussed ways and opportunities to create new civic, business and entrepreneurial ventures in the city of High Point.
HPU students were joined with special guest speaker, city of High Point Mayor Jay Wagner, who presented ways the city of High Point is moving forward.
“The Social Innovation Series is all about exposing HPU students to the incredible opportunities to start businesses, teach, advocate, research and put down roots right here in High Point,” said Dr. Joe Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. director of Service Learning. “The city — with the leadership of Dr. Qubein — is rising, and with the growth comes exciting opportunities. This series exposes our students to the thought leaders in High Point and the young professionals who are part of this city’s transformation.”
Items that were discussed included major change and development happening in the city and groups of people coming together for the greater good of the city. The Bonner Leaders and AmeriCorps VISTAs say it’s important to bring these innovators to campus to show HPU students that High Point is more than the place they go to school; High Point is their community and a city with countless opportunities.
“It’s important for HPU students to be involved in the community because High Point is a city that is going through a transformation that is forging new economic and career opportunities for young professionals,” said Erin Murphy, an HPU AmeriCorps VISTA. “The lecture series is important to have on campus because it provides a unique opportunity for HPU students to network with young professionals in High Point who have insight into this innovative transformation and the opportunities being created.”