University of Southern Indiana

MAGIC Project

The University of Southern Indiana and the USI Foundation are partnering with Dr. Bill Thomas, a nationally-renowned expert on aging, with support from AARP and AARP Indiana, on a year-long pilot project aimed at creating a cultural transformation related to aging in community. The MAGIC Project will create a Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive Community (MAGIC) housing model for both students and older adults. Learn more about MAGIC

News and Updates

Design Charrette FlyerWe will use the Design Charrette to:

  • be inspired by unique design ideas from a diverse group of people;
  • hear the priorities from people in different disciplines or departments (and possibly build consensus);
  • give each person opportunity to be listened to and considered equally;
  • do all of these things incredibly quickly and inexpensively.

USI Faculty, Staff and Students may sign up for this April 17 session via the charrette document posted on Slack or email

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Two course offerings in Fall 2018 for HP 490 Special Topics Course
 (Multi-Ability, multi-Generational Inclusive Community Building)

This is a one-credit hour course open to all majors is an introduction to the MAGIC pilot project between Dr. Bill Thomas and USI. During the course, participants will explore the dynamic complexity of building inclusive communities for people of different ages, abilities and backgrounds. Students have a choice of an in-person or online course this during the Fall semester. Learn more ...

Next MAGIC Meeting - for USI Faculty and Staff
Monday, April 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Health Professions "MAGIC Room" (HP 2058)
with Dr. Bill Thomas and Team

MAGIC Model House Design Charrette - for USI Students, Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, April 17, 2 p.m., Health Professions "MAGIC Room" (HP 2058)
with Dr. Bill Thomas and Team

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