About the Exchange

The Exchange is more than a conference; it’s a thriving network of thought partners. Over the course of nearly three and a half days, Exchange participants explore the local community to see what innovation looks like on the ground; share their expertise leading and launching social innovation offerings;  engage in conversation during small group workshops; and learn from field experts about the newest trends and innovations in higher education.

Unlike many other conferences,  the Exchange is application-based. The application allows Ashoka U to bring together a community of participants who share both interest and experience in creating social change and social impact in higher education. The application also drives the creation of the agenda –  approximately 75% of the Exchange content is driven directly by participants, ensuring that the topics and discussions that take place are relevant and meaningful for all participants. There is something for everyone here.

Each year the Exchange is hosted by one of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses. In spring 2017 the host will be Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. The following universities hosted past Exchanges: Duke University (2011), Arizona State University (2012), University of San Diego (2013), Brown University (2014), University of Maryland (2015), and Tulane University (2016).

About Ashoka U

Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. Building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker, Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. Ashoka U helps break down barriers to institutional change and fosters a culture of social innovation in higher education. Ashoka U’s global network of 150 colleges and universities is advancing an education that develops interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solutions-oriented skills.

About Ashoka

Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has elected and supported over 3,000 Fellows – social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems – in over 70 countries. Ashoka’s support includes start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to their global network of Ashoka Fellows. Ashoka envisions an Everyone a Changemaker world, capable of responding quickly and effectively to social challenges, and in which each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.


About Miami Dade College

As democracy’s college, Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida changes lives through the opportunity of education. Annually offering 300 programs to over 165,000 students on seven campuses and two centers, MDC is the largest and most diverse college in the nation. We are a gateway to professional development, social mobility, and civic participation that enriches the workforce readiness toolkit with the changemaker mindset and skillset needed for 21st century challenges. Through the Innovation Meets Purpose and Change in Teams (IMPACT) Network , MDC is creating an everyone a changemaker world by aligning the curriculum and co-curriculum within both the two year and four year degree pathway. We make changemaking within reach regardless of a student’s ability and availability, yet customized to make a meaningful difference in the local communities where our students live. Miami Dade was selected as a Changemaker Campus in 2015.