Fordham University Changemaker Campus

Fordham University is New York City’s Jesuit University, with about 15,000 students in 10 schools. The University is known for combining intellectual challenge and individual attention with the dynamic resources of one of the world’s greatest cities. There are three campuses- the beautiful Gothic style Rose Hill campus, Lincoln Center in the cultural heart of Manhattan, and the park-like setting of the Westchester Campus near White Plains, N.Y. Fordham students benefit from close contact with distinguished faculty who teach at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The Jesuit tradition is characterized by excellence in teaching, care and development of each student, and commitment to the promotion of an ethical society . These tenets inform every aspect of a Fordham education. Social innovation and a commitment to social causes is woven throughout all 10 schools through curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

Fordham Inter-Campus Social Innovation Team (FICSIT)

Fordham students have just created FICSIT to share social innovation ideas and opportunities and to plan and organize student run events that stimulate social impact through action. A weekly newsletter is circulated to a mailing list of about 1000 recipients and growing - with workshops and events in the planning stages.

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Sustainable Business Minor

To educate students to operate in a business world where sustainability is gaining ground, Fordham introduced an undergraduate interdisciplinary curriculum in sustainable business: a collaboration between the Gabelli School of Business and Fordham College. Students may choose one or more courses from the Minor program, or seven to complete the Sustainable Business Minor. There is a foundations course taken by all students where business leaders are invited to speak. The sustainable business program aligns seamlessly with Fordham's mission to "promote research and education that assist in the alleviation of poverty, the promotion of justice, the protection of human rights and respect for the environment." It's part of what makes Fordham different from other business schools. And by pursuing sustainable business coursework, or a full minor, Fordham students can differentiate themselves in the eyes of prospective employers and the broader business community.

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Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory

Fordham University has extensive curricular, research, and extra-curricular programs that support social justice, global sustainability, and “people, profit and planet” in business. These programs are being networked through a new initiative launched by the Provost in March 2014 called the Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory. The purpose of the Collaboratory is to:

  • Build awareness and capacity for change around big social problems by integrating across schools and disciplines to promote a mutual exchange of ideas.
  • Build conceptual and practical skills needed for our community to be effective change agents.
  • Provide opportunities to implement social innovation initiatives to create actions that will bring positive impact.
The Collaboratory Activities come from many partners in Academic Programs, Centers, Institutes, and Student Groups. These activities all focus on engaging members of the Fordham community (students, faculty, administrators, alumni, community members) across all schools to promote the Jesuit ideals of caring for the whole person, educating men and women for others and caring for nature. The Collaboratory does so by providing a platform that engages audiences to promote:
  • multi-disciplinary projects
  • cross-audience collaboration (e.g. students, faculty, alumni)
  • Cross-school collaboration
  • community engagement with the goal of social innovation towards social justice and environmental sustainability.

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Dr. Michael Pirson Associate Professor, Management Systems, Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University; and Founding Director, Center for Humanistic Management

I am working to create a world that responds effectively to social challenges, by empowering individuals to address any social problem through changemaking. A watershed moment in my life growing up in Germany, that inspired my work, was the fall of the Berlin Wall. I was confronted with two realities: on one hand, social concerns were central but economically unfeasible, and on the other were economic concerns that seemed to outweigh social concerns. Since then, the question surrounding life-conducive economic systems has been central in my life. I am currently spearheading a global network of academics, practitioners and policy makers called the Humanistic Management Network, with more than 20 global chapters and 1000 members. Its aim is to transform business and business schools to enable an economy that protects human dignity and promotes human well- being as its central objective.

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Carey Weiss Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator, Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University

Ron Jacobson Associate Vice President, Office of the Provost; Chair of the Steering Committee, Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory

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James A. F. Stoner Professor, Management Systems, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University

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Ann Higgins D’Alessandro Director, Applied Developmental Program, Department of Psychology

Frank Werner Associate Professor, Finance and Business Economics, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham Univ.

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John Davenport Professor, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University

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J. Alan Clark Assistant Professor, Biology, Fordham University

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Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.