FAQ

1. I want to my university to be a Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Where do I begin? How long does this process take?

The Changemaker Campus Selection Process on average takes two years to complete, but can be completed in a shorter time frame depending on the institutional context. For more information about the selection process, please see link. To begin, please nominate your institution as a Changemaker Campus here or reach out to Sarah-Marie Hopf with questions at smhopf@ashoka.org.

2. I want my university to go through the Changemaker Campus designation process, but I don’t know if we have the budget for it. What do I do?

Ashoka U understands that the costs of Changemaker Campus Selection can be prohibitive. As a social enterprise ourselves, the costs of the process directly covers our staff time and we aim to keep the process as affordable as possible. Over the past few years, we have worked with many individuals to help them explore possible funding opportunities both within their institution and outside of it. We would be happy to talk with you about how to make the designation process possible for your institution. Please reach out to Sarah-Marie Hopf at smhopf@ashoka.org to begin the conversation.

3. I have a few additional questions about the Changemaker Campus program. Can you direct me to someone I can talk to?

We’d be happy to talk with you. If you are interested in becoming a Changemaker Campus, please direct all questions to Sarah-Marie Hopf at smhopf@ashoka.org. If you are interested in partnering with a Changemaker Campus network, you can reach out to Ryan Maloney at rmaloney@ashoka.org. If you aren’t sure who to reach out to, they will be able to direct your questions to additional team members as necessary.

4. How do social innovation, changemaking, and social entrepreneurship differ?

Social entrepreneurship is the active pursuit of new, lasting market solutions for the transformational benefit of society using creative, sustainable, and innovation approaches. It has a focus on market-based, sustainable solutions.

Social innovation is a methodology, strategy, process, or concept used to support responses to societal needs. Ashoka U believes that it is imperative to uncover innovation, transformative, and sustainable solutions to societal problems regardless of sector or role.

Finally, Changemaking is effective organizational or societal change of any sort. Ashoka U typically considers social entrepreneurship to be one component of social innovation, which is one component of changemaking. Check out our blog post on The Reality of Terminology for more of Ashoka U’s perspective on how these terms relate to one another.

5. What is a Change Leader? What is a Change Team?

A Change Leader is an intrapreneurial faculty, student affairs professional or staff working full-time at a college or university to advance social innovation education across their entire institution and in higher education more broadly. They see advancing changemaking across the institution as their key professional priority, and have time and budget dedicated to these goals, as well as senior leadership support. To become a Changemaker Campus, an institution must have a full-time Change Leader.

A Change Team is a group of students, faculty, staff, and community partners that come together to advance a common vision of social innovation at the institution. Change Team members typically spend less than 50% of their time on social innovation work and are focused on advancing a particular component of the vision for social innovation at the institution. The Change Team acts as a coordinating structure to ensure that social innovation and social impact work across the institution is aligned.

For more questions, check out our glossary of key Ashoka U terms.

“I think the Changemaker Campus network is working to empower those who see the potential for transformative education through sharing, collaborating, commiserating and encouraging one another… The Changemaker Campus network offers that kind of solidarity and hopefulness that we can indeed change the world by changing our education systems.”

Joanne Benham Rennick, Change Leader, Laurier