Get Smart™: leveraging student social entrepreneurship and university-community engagement through co-curricular programs to facilitate COVID-19 awareness in rural western Kansas and global online student populations

In March 2020, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of the Honors College and the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University identified a potential solution to the double problem of the interruption of student engagement activities and the need for increased COVID awareness. They worked with their students to develop a social entrepreneurship initiative called “Get Smart About COVID-19” ™ that linked students with each other, with campus and community partners, and with local businesses to explore COVID science and mitigation through online workshops. These workshops continue to grow and develop as more partners come online.