It all began with a powerful question, fueled by a shared passion for empowering the next generation: “How can we inspire and equip young leaders to do good?” This question is at the heart of the Sorenson Impact Center and the Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity — two visionary organizations at the University of Utah Campus working at the forefront of social progress and global prosperity. With generous funding from Jim and Krista Sorenson and Bob and Lynette Gay, these trailblazers united their expertise to launch the Impact & Prosperity Epicenter — a living-learning community inspired by President Taylor Randall’s goal of making The University of Utah a world-class destination for changemakers.
Drawing upon the collective expertise of impact investors, prosperity thought leaders, entrepreneurs, health professionals, policy experts, and applied researchers, the Epicenter serves as a dynamic ecosystem at the nexus of student-centric community living and globally-informed academic and professional programming. Rooted in an ecological framework, this visionary project was built to embrace our connectedness to each other and the world around us and, in doing so, leverage the power of collaborative solutions and impact-driven innovation toward the betterment of people and the planet. To foster this purpose-driven environment we designed a space around the concept of a watering hole – a vital space for gathering that acts as a hub for connection and diversity built for the next generation of leaders.
The Epicenter is a space dedicated to creating changemakers – those eager to drive solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Our groundbreaking residential community will open in fall 2024, offering a place for students to live, learn, collaborate, and solve with purpose-driven experts in areas of business, finance, education, health, politics, economics, fine arts, humanities, and more.