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About the Lindy Institute

The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University is a semi-independent interdisciplinary organization, named in honor and recognition of Philip Lindy and his family, who have donated generously to civic engagement initiatives at Drexel. Launched in 2012, the Lindy Institute provides a centralized hub for Drexel and its partners to incubate and launch innovative, effective community initiatives that build regional economic strength while promoting experiential learning, public service, and scholarly work by students, faculty, and professional staff.

The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation is built around a single ambitious goal – that of making Drexel University the most civically engaged university in the nation. The Lindy Institute will foster deeper support for the high-quality experientially grounded education that Drexel offers its students and will create a stronger culture of engagement among students, faculty, and professional staff.

It will provide opportunities for new interdisciplinary teaching and research among our faculty and will create the structure to organize and leverage Drexel's many assets. The Institute will enhance diversity and inclusivity through civic engagement, and subsequently by attracting faculty, students, and staff who share those values. Through the Lindy Institute, we seek to provide leadership for like-minded scholars and practitioners who share a commitment to urban development and innovation and who will collaborate to create positive change. Through the Lindy Institute, Drexel University will become part of the global conversation and will share its integrated and comprehensive approach to community revitalization, helping to create a forum for the rich exchange of best practices and replicable strategies.