Beeta Ansari

Beeta is Ashoka U’s Exchange Director, the world’s largest global convening for social entrepreneurship education.

Ashoka U Commons Applications Now Open!

“The Commons increased my ability to navigate this field; that is, through readings, discussions, and assignments, I gained a stronger grasp of what I knew and needed to learn more about. The work … on identifying ways to collaborate across campus and exploring how to maximize the successes of university efforts was invaluable.”

-Lisa Gring-Pemble, Associate Professor and
Ashoka U Change Leader, George Mason University


Friends of Ashoka U,

Applications for the Ashoka U Commons are now open, and we’re thrilled to invite you and your colleagues to consider joining! The Commons is a virtual accelerator for individuals working to develop social innovation education on their campus – anyone currently employed within a higher education institution is welcome to participate.

Over the course of three months, the Commons brings together individuals working to develop social innovation on their campuses to collaborate with peer institutions from across the field of higher education who are working toward similar goals. Ashoka U offers six specialized cohort options to help advance social innovation on your campus:

  • Making the Case for Changemaking Education
  • Designing a Social Innovation Course
  • Building a Social Innovation Course Sequence
  • Launching Co-Curricular Venture Programs
  • Mapping Student Learning Journeys
  • Building Allies and Raising Awareness

Each cohort is led by an experienced Coach who will guide you through a structured framework designed for participants to develop and then advance specific objectives. Participants leave the Commons with concrete plans, deliverables, and strategies to meet goals of advancing social innovation and changemaking education across their institution.

Our upcoming session launches on January 23rd, 2017 and concludes April 21st, and participation costs $1,500 per individual. Additional program and timeline details are included on our website. Please keep in mind: The deadline for applications is Friday, January 6th. We encourage you to visit our website for details about completing and submitting your application.

To learn more about how the Commons can best serve your work and institution, you can contact Commons Manager, Ali Fraenkel, at afraenkel@ashoka.org.

Yours in changemaking,
Ali and the Ashoka U Team


The Commons is launching its third session, upcoming in January 2017. As Ashoka U’s accelerator for individuals developing social innovation education on their campus, the Commons has worked with more than 60 participants from over 40 unique institutions who are building curriculum, experiences, pathways, and community connected to changemaking. Alongside curated content from Ashoka U’s experience working with over 250 higher education institutions globally, expertise from a Coach and key members of the Ashoka U community will support you and your colleague’s project development in the Commons.