Angie Fuessel

Changemaker Campus Program grows to 45, increasingly Diverse Campuses

Ashoka U has designated three new Changemaker Campuses, bringing the total in the Changemaker Campus network to 45 institutions across nine countries. The new campuses are: Georgian College (Georgian), a public college in Barrie, ON, Canada; Royal Roads University (RRU), a public university in Victoria, BC, Canada; and Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD), a private university in Santiago, Chile.

Guided by Ashoka’s vision for a world where “Everyone is a Changemaker,” Ashoka U collaborates with colleges and universities to break down barriers to institutional change and impact the education of millions of students. The Changemaker Campus program, launched in 2008, selects diverse institutions which represent higher education globally; have embedded social innovation and changemaking into their culture, programming, and operations; and are committed to transforming the field of higher education through collaboration and thought leadership. To be selected as a Changemaker Campus, higher education institutions navigate a rigorous and transformational selection process including an ecosystem assessment scan, site visit, and in-person panel.

These three new institutions bring increased institutional and global diversity and richness to our network. UDD is the first Chilean institution, and Georgian is the first college from Canada to join the network. Royal Roads University, located in British Columbia, Canada, brings a unique approach to blended online and in-person learning.

“We are pleased to welcome Georgian, Royal Roads, and UDD to the network,” said Marina Kim, Ashoka U’s Executive Director. “Through the Changemaker Campus program, we partner with diverse colleges and universities in the pursuit of collaborating together to make social innovation and changemaking the new norm in higher education. Georgian, Royal Roads, and UDD are important thought leaders and role models for institutions in their regions as well as in post-secondary programming, blended and experiential learning, and interdisciplinary changemaking, respectively.”

Georgian College (Georgian)

As the first Canadian college in the Changemaker Campus Network, Georgian College is a leading example of social innovation and entrepreneurship in the college education system. Whether within early childhood development or community policing, Georgian is committed to adapting the current curriculum to ensure that all students can find their changemaking pathway and build their toolkit for real-world impact and success. Georgian is also uniquely leveraging its strong community partnerships to establish a Changemaker region throughout central Ontario – with progress underway to invite local government, business leaders, and community partners to join the changemaker movement.

Access Georgian’s announcement here.

Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University designed something completely different on the post-secondary landscape when the university was established in 1995. Royal Roads provides a unique learning experience through digital delivery that allows students to stay connected to their communities, and combines it with an unparalleled natural and historic environment for research and study. The university’s progressive model of education delivers applied and professional graduate and undergraduate degree programs, Canada’s first applied research doctorate, and exceptional certificate and diploma programs. At Royal Roads, full-time students, working professionals, and lifelong learners find opportunities and skills to create positive change in their lives and work, in their communities, and on the global stage. Royal Roads’ leadership in blended online and in-person learning alongside flexible admissions is redefining the future of higher education for accessibility and relevance to contribute to an Everyone a Changemaker World.

Access Royal Roads’ announcement here.

Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD)

UDD joins the Changemaker Campus Network as the first institution in Chile. From UDD’s strong culture around changemaking and interdisciplinary collaboration, supported by UDD’s strategic plan and institution-wide learning outcomes, to UDD’s ambitious Educational Project UDD Futuro, which seeks to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in social innovation, a range of internships and experiential learning (such as dLab), and extra-disciplinary curricular programming, UDD has much to contribute to the Changemaker Campus Network. An active convener and collaborator, UDD is committed to growing the field of social innovation and changemaking in higher education in Chile, Latin America, and beyond. For example, UDD is one of three Chilean universities that founded and is leading the Minka Project in collaboration with Ashoka Chile to engage universities across Chile in social innovation and changemaking.

Access UDD’s announcement here.