Hamilton College Changemaker Campus

Hamilton College was founded more than 200 years ago as a school of opportunity and transformation. It was conceived and established by a missionary who viewed education as part of the solution to the difficulties that confronted the Oneida Indians he served, and it was named for a statesman whose education vaulted him from poverty to prominence in the new republic. Today, in line with our tradition, we seek to nourish in our students a love of learning, a creative spirit, and an informed and responsible engagement with an ever-changing world.

The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, where much of this programming occurs at Hamilton, collaborates with individuals, departments, and centers across campus to create a network of support for our social innovators.  The Center has integrated Ashoka’s “Everyone a Changemaker” philosophy into its Social Innovation, Transformational Leadership, Public Scholarship, and Engaged Citizenship programs and aims to foster in our students:

1) a self-knowledge of the values that inspire them, the skills that enable them, and the challenges that confront them;
2) a deep understanding of the complexity of social problems, the constraints of action, and the possibilities for change;
3) an ability to effectively imagine and empathetically respond to the experiences of others; and
4) a creative spirit for envisioning novel solutions to longstanding social problems.

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.