PArtners & Collaborators

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is integrating the Index in functional areas across the campus including the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Serving more than 3,800 undergraduates, the school welcomes innovators who seek collaborative, hands-on learning, and offers them the resources to become the engaged problem solvers that can remake society for the better.

CELO is partnering with the Clark School to support ClarkLEAD (their signature onboarding program) and enhance the quality and impact of STEM education. Through this collaboration, students develop leadership skills and shared values of diversity and inclusion through the ClarkLEAD onboarding experience.

The Allstate Foundation

CELO is working in partnership with The Allstate Foundation to establish their new youth empowerment strategy focused on community service. This strategy includes a three-pronged approach:

  • A cross-sector convening that will generate a new definition and model of service for contemporary society co-created by youth, scholars, and service-centered organizations (Campus Compact, National Association of Secondary School Principals, City Year),
  • Creation of policy reports guiding the future of youth service and a national campaign to drive uptake, and
  • The dissemination of over $500,000 in grant funding to support youth-led, youth-driven service initiatives at institutions of higher education.
Aspen Challenge Program

Launched in a new U.S. city each year, the Aspen Challenge begins with a forum for students and teachers from partner high schools. Equipped with tools and support, teams then design a solution to their selected challenge. Twelve weeks later, they present their solutions on stage in a daylong competition, and teams are selected to advance and showcase their work.

CELO provides Aspen Challenge and a number of other programs with comprehensive assessment services including longitudinal impact evaluations. Aspen Challenge leverages the Index to provide feedback to their teachers / coaches for professional development, and integrates data from their use of the Index to increase their program’s impact on student outcomes.

California Polytechnic State University

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) currently serves 21,000 students and is leveraging the Index on an institution-wide level. The institution is distributing the Index to all incoming first-year students as part of their Promise Project and Cal Poly Now Paths.

Cal Poly is using the Index, coupled with Student Affairs department-specific thematic paths, to connect students to the learning experiences offered on their campus in five areas of experiential learning: connecting, engaging, thriving, belonging, and exploring.

Cobell Scholarship Fund

The Cobell Scholarship aims to provide elevated opportunities for Native college students through empowering them with an impactful scholarship and networking experience designed to support their success in higher education and positively transform communities.

CELO is collaborating with Indigenous Education, Inc. and the Cobell Scholarship to develop curriculum focused on leadership development that is culturally responsive to Indigenous experiences. The program is utilizing the Index to support scholars, fellows, and alumni in meaning-making and action planning toward strengthening leadership capacities.

Irvine Valley College

Irvine Valley College (IVC) is one of California’s leading community colleges, providing over 15,000 students with exceptional educational opportunities. Irvine Valley College (IVC) has the highest rate of students transferring to four-year schools out of all 116 community colleges in the state.

CELO is partnering with Irvine Valley College in distributing the Index across campus, and in collaboration with the Allstate Foundation to allocate grants for youth-led service and leadership opportunities on campus. 

Partnering with CELO has supported the development of a tangible framework to advance access to, and the quality of, student developmental experiences at Irvine Valley College. Our partnership with CELO has been a catalyst for broadening interpretations of service and leadership for our students, including community service, leadership, engagement, and extracurricular opportunities. 

– Dr. Amrik Johal

Assistant Dean of Students

Uncharted Learning

Uncharted Learning helps schools prepare their students with the real-world skills they need to be career or college ready. They provide comprehensive entrepreneurship programs to secondary education schools including curriculum, professional development and year-long support.

Uncharted Learning is piloting integration of the Index into its curriculum and assessment strategies while also providing training and development insights.

“The Index is not just an assessment; it has the potential to be a game-changer for our INCubatoredu classrooms. The Index gives students the power to own their durable skills development with individualized reports that boost personal growth. Teachers can fine-tune lesson plans based on the class needs based on aggregated results and administrators can showcase the true impact our program has on boosting those all-important transferable skills.”

– Dr. Michelle Kusel

Program Manager

Additional Partners

K-12 Organizations

Aspen Challenge Program

Bezos Scholars Program

Chicago Scholars

Civic Leadership Foundation

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

KIPP Delta Public Schools

Uncharted Learning

Teach for All

Leadership & Co-Curricular Programs

Baylor University

Bowling Green State University

California Polytechnic State University

College of William & Mary

Dartmouth College

Depauw University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gonzaga University

Irvine Valley College

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Kalamazoo College

Norfolk State University

Northwestern University

Prairie State College

Reed College

Roanoke College

Rollins College

Rutgers University

Seattle University

Southern Methodist University

Tulane University

University of Delaware

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

University of Miami

University of Portland

University of Rochester

University of San Francisco

University of Wisconsin Madison

Washington University in St. Louis

Academic Programs

Arizona State University

Central Michigan University

Elgin Community College

Florida State University

George Mason University

James Madison University

Marquette University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

Villanova University

University of California, Irvine

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Idaho

University of Kansas

University of Maryland College Park

University of Michigan

University of Missouri- St. Louis

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Career Centers

Coahoma Community College

George Washington University

Harper College

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Johns Hopkins University

Metropolitan State University Denver

Simmons University

The Ohio State University

University of Massachusetts, Boston

University of Rochester

Vanderbilt University

Wake Forest University

Other Partner Organizations

American Campus Communities

Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship

LeaderShape, Inc.

Millennium Campus Network

National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs National Museum of African American History and Culture


The work of CELO would not be possible without the contributions of the following: