Leave No One Behind is a program designed to support students to develop a social business idea that addresses a social inclusion challenge in the local community. It is particularly focused on students from the Humanities and Social Science disciplines (including education, business, law, arts, design, architecture) and provides an opportunity for students to harness the skills from their degrees, develop foundational entrepreneurship skills, and orient that towards solving entrenched social disadvantage challenges. The program aims to build student literacy in the SDGs and support the development of entrepreneurship skills as a means of developing local SDG solutions.
Leave No One Behind is particularly focused on issues of social inclusion, equity and disadvantage. We introduce the SDG framework early in the program to provide a common lens for exploring social challenges and to support students to think broadly about the causes, consequences and complexity of their chosen social issue. Leave No One Behind is focused on solving challenges in our local community. However, by using the SDGs as an underlying framework, we are able to connect this to a broader, global movement. That is, many of the problems experienced in Melbourne, Australia are similar to problems experienced around the world. Using the SDG framework helps the students see links globally, while also appreciating the unique, local manifestations of their chosen issue.
The Leave No One Behind program has been designed and delivered in consultation with the Deans of the sponsoring faculties. It reflects a broader University commitment to the SDGs and interest in supporting our students to be active participants in developing innovative SDG solutions.