Now – January 2018: Applications for Spring 2018 Session Open

January 22, 2018: Application Deadline for Spring 2018 Commons

Monday, February 12th – Friday, May 25th, 2018: Spring Session of the Commons

August 1, 2018: Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Commons

September – December 2018: Fall Session of the Commons


$1500 per person; limited scholarships available.  

Application Process

Currently, anyone employed by a higher education institution is eligible to apply for the Commons. Ashoka U will review all applications and determine participants based on preparedness, interest, and availability of cohort themes. Applications for the February 2018 cohort will close on January 22, 2017.


Each cohort will have up to six participating institutions who will work together for 3 months. The approximate time commitment over that period includes: 7 hours of instruction, 8 hours of peer collaboration, and 15 hours of project development time.


“Being a part of the Commons experience was the best decision I made upon starting my new role at MDC. Having the chance to connect with my peers on other campuses helped me to quickly expand my view of this changemaking work. The resources provided through the Commons were essential – while the relationships nurtured through the Commons were critical to my building a community with great people doing this work alongside me!

– Sandra Lafleur, Director of Social Change Initiatives, Miami Dade College

Have more questions?  

Book a time to chat with Ali Fraenkel, our Commons Manager.