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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – June 24 – Maintaining Vision in the Face of Adversity

EpicenterWorking to make any kind of important change in the world can be difficult, stressful, and at times, unfulfilling. Our University Innovation Fellows are trying to change the way colleges and universities educate students. Many of them have encountered resistance from their peers and faculty, and many of them have failed at one point or another in their efforts. In order to continue advancing their mission, they have to learn from their failures and use their community to help them maintain their vision and personal motivation.


When we have a vision for a different and better future and are taking steps to make that vision a reality, how can we maintain that motivation in the face of failure, adversity and self-doubt?

When we hit rock bottom, what are some tactics we can use to pick ourselves back up and reaffirm our vision?

How can we draw strength from a community of like-minded peers?

How can we recover from rejections and reframe the way we think about failure?

On June 24, at 8 p.m. ET, please join us for a conversation about Maintaining Passion and Vision for Change in the Face of Adversity. Hosts will be Laurie Moore, Communications Manager for Epicenter (tweeting as @EpicenterUSA) and Katie Dzugan, Associate for Epicenter’s University Innovation Fellows student program (tweeting as @itsKDuke).

About Epicenter

The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). Epicenter’s mission is to empower U.S. undergraduate engineering students to bring their ideas to life for the benefit of our economy and society. To do this, Epicenter helps students combine their technical skills, their ability to develop innovative technologies that solve important problems, and an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. Epicenter’s three core initiatives are the University Innovation Fellows program for undergraduate engineering students and their peers; the Pathways to Innovation Program for institutional teams of faculty and university leaders; and a research program that informs activities and contributes to national knowledge on entrepreneurship and engineering education. Learn more and get involved at

How to Twitter Chat

If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy! First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday go to and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting. Alternatively, automate the hashtag search and append feature by using the free service Tchat at

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