Campbellsburg, Indiana, resident Sue Bennett wasn’t sure what to anticipate when the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement invited the community of only 579 people to share its ideas for the future of the town.
“When they came to Campbellsburg, we didn’t expect a lot of people to show up,” said Bennett. To her surprise, dozens of residents came out on a cold February night in 2019 to exchange their thoughts. Among the ideas generated that evening, residents and center staff gravitated toward creating a strategy for growth and revitalization for Campbellsburg. To get started, they turned to 180 Degrees Consulting.
180 Degrees Consulting is an international, student-led consultancy firm with a branch at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Haaris Malik, who graduated from Kelley this year, led the six-member consulting team in 2020 as they worked with the town of Campbellsburg to address the issue of revitalizing and growing its population.
“180 Degrees Consulting allows students to connect passions for serving their communities with their passions for academics,” says Bryce Dixon, an accounting and finance major who worked alongside Malik as the assistant team manager helping to work out logistics and keep the team engaged.
The consultancy accepts pro-bono work from nonprofits in the Bloomington area and even internationally. Working to complete projects with 180 helps students leverage and develop the skills they’ve already learned while gaining new ones, says Dixon.