Middlebury College Changemaker Campus

At Middlebury College we challenge students to participate fully in a vibrant and diverse academic community. The College’s Vermont location offers an inspirational setting for learning and reflection, reinforcing our commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into both our curriculum and our practices on campus. Middlebury also reaches far beyond the Green Mountains, offering a rich array of undergraduate and graduate programs. The Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts (PCI) at Middlebury started eight years ago. PCI aims to support students as they exercise their creativity, pursue innovation, and become more comfortable with intellectual risk-taking during their four years at Middlebury. PCI has created a rich ecosystem of opportunities for a diverse set of students and is the foundation for programs like the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship and MiddCORE.

Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Fellowship Program

MCSE Fellowship recipients join a cohort during their sophomore year at Middlebury College; during their next two-and-a-half years at Middlebury they will learn collaboratively and give back to the community. The primary goals of this program are to extend this cohort’s exposure to opportunity, encourage humility and awareness of the complexities in trying to effect social change, and to help students avoid isolated experiences as they learn from failures and successes. The fellowship includes integration of social entrepreneurship into academic work, pursuit of relevant summer experiences, and leadership in social entrepreneurship activities on campus and beyond. The fellows will receive two summers of funding (a total of $10,000 per fellow): an experience in a structured organization during the first summer and a self- or group-designed project during the second summer.

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MiddSTART

Launched in the first quarter of 2011, MiddSTART is a micro-philanthropy site where Middlebury College students are given the opportunity to put their creative ideas forward to receive the funding they need to explore their interests through creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative project work. In order to be posted on MiddSTART, a project has to be initiated, designed, and carried out entirely by students. MiddSTART enables alumni, parents and friends to give a gift to support a project that particularly appeals to them, and then follow the progress of the project through the website. This program has received outside attention as an innovative vehicle to fund student projects on campus. MiddSTART is an additional resource for students with PCI projects from the MCSE, MiddCORE, Old Stone Mill, MiddEntrepreneurs and MiddChallenge.

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MiddCORE

MiddCORE a mentor-driven, experiential learning program designed to build skills, create opportunities, and expand networks for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.  One person with an idea, even with a great idea, changes nothing. Visionaries succeed with leadership skills, communications skills, and entrepreneurial insights. Building those skills and insights is the CORE of MiddCORE. Skills developed include leadership, collaboration, idea creation, strategic thinking, empathy, persuasive communication, design thinking, ethical decision-making, negotiation, crisis management, financial literacy and self-reflection. The key to the MiddCORE experience is our Mentors. Carefully chosen MiddCORE mentors develop hands-on daily, weekly or month-long challenges that inspire students to think creatively, operate outside their comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity. Through its flagship four-week Immersion course, its summer academic internship program, and its fall/spring workshop series, MiddCORE prepares students to engage the world.

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Jonathan T. Isham, Jr. Director, Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies

Jon Isham has been a member of the Middlebury faculty since 1999. With Middlebury colleagues Liz Robinson and Heather Neuwirth, he co-founded Middlebury's Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012, thanks to a generous gift from the Hassenfeld Family Foundation. Recent published work and current research explores the overlap between social entrepreneurship and the liberal arts as well as the determinants of success of student-led projects. Before coming to Middlebury, Jon served in the Peace Corps in Benin, lead a crew at the East Bay Conservation Corps, and was a researcher and assistant project manager at the World Bank. He holds degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland.  His c.v. and related material can be found on his Middlebury home page.

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Jerry Hildebrand Director, Center for Social Impact Learning, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Jerry Hildebrand serves as Director of the Center for Social Impact Learning at Middlebury's Institute of International Studies (MIIS). MIIS, Middlebury's graduate program in California, is an academic community committed to preparing innovative aspiring professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. In collaboration with Middlebury College and Schools Abroad , Jerry and his Middlebury graduate colleague Annie Makela spearheaded the pilot Ambassador Corps International Internship Program the summer of 2015, which immerses students in social entrepreneurship organizations in developing countries worldwide. Prior to serving as Director, Jerry was the Founder/CEO of the award winning Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific. Before his university work, Jerry served as the CEO at Katalysis Bootstrap Fund, a microfinance organization that provides training, technical assistance, and credit to non-governmental microfinance institutions in Central America. He also worked as the Eastern Caribbean regional field director for International Voluntary Services preparing 10 newly-independent island-nations for socio-economic program development and founded the first rural Economic Development Corporation in the U.S. in the chronically depressed region of Appalachia. Jerry’s interest in international development and social innovation was sparked while serving as one of the pioneering Peace Corps volunteers in the alti-plano of Peru.

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Heather Neuwirth Associate Director of the Middlebury College Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Programs on Creativity and Innovation

After graduating from Middlebury College in 2008 with a degree in English and American Literatures and Italian, she returned to Middlebury in 2011 as the Associate Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) and the Programs on Creativity and Innovation (PCI). As Associate Director of the CSE, Heather oversees operations for weekly Friday Speaker Series events, the annual January Symposium, and the annual June Forum for Faculty and Staff at Bread Loaf. Heather works closely with the cohorts of the CSE Fellowship Program and CSE Summer Grants recipients. She is Middlebury College’s Clinton Global Initiative University staff liaison and mentor and serves on Middlebury’s Projects for Peace selection committee. As Associate Director of the CSE, Heather works with students in creative, innovative and entrepreneurial programs including: Old Stone Mill, Midd Ventures Community, MiddChallenge, The Hunt, Projects for Peace, MiddSTART, TEDx Middlebury, Tree House Fund and New Millennium Fund.

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Liz Cleveland Program Administrator for the Center for Social Entrepreneurship

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Mustafa Babak Program and Outreach Associate for the Center for Social Entrepreneurship

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Annie Makela Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Social Impact Learning at MIIS

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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.