Northeastern University Changemaker Campus

Northeastern University’s social innovation ecosystem is built on six pillars that define our identity and culture: experiential education, curricular innovation, research and scholarship, interdisciplinary culture, global and community engagement, and student leadership development.  These pillars are buttressed by robust curricular and co-curricular offerings. Most notably these values are deeply embedded in our new core curriculum (“NU Core”). NU Core is designed to develop in our students the broad knowledge, intellectual creativity, and multi-faceted skills that prepare them to be engaged global citizens and leaders, successful professionals, and lifelong learners. The intellectual strengths and balanced perspectives that students acquire enable them to engage with the world, translate and apply knowledge, solve problems, lead change, and enjoy rewarding and fulfilling lives.

IDEA

IDEA is Northeastern University's student-led Venture Accelerator. We provide entrepreneurs in the Northeastern community the support, in-kind resources and educational experience of developing a business from core concept to launch.

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Social Impact Conference

An annual knowledge-sharing event convening changemaking faculty, staff, students, and community members to examine emergent issues in the social change arena.

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Changemaker Stages

Stages is a bi-annual public forum that highlights the latest advances in interdisciplinary social changemaking. We envision these as TEDx-like events where faculty, staff, students and/or community members have a platform to give talks, presentations, stories, perform theater, show art and other forms of expression to share new ideas, knowledge and initiatives that combine disciplines to address our most pressing social challenges.

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Dan Jackson Executive Director, NuLawLab, School of Law

Dan Jackson is a 1997 graduate of Northeastern Law, where he now directs the NuLawLab. Following a federal appellate clerkship, Dan joined the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, ultimately serving as the firm’s director of attorney development and director of training. Prior to law school, Dan worked as a designer for theater. He continues to play in that space, most recently with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and The Provincetown Theater.

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Sara Minard Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Sara Minard, PhD., is a socio-economist, lecturer, writer, development practitioner and policy analyst with 15+ years of experience teaching and working in the areas of economic development policy, market-based approaches to development, design thinking for development practice, social entrepreneurship, social economy, and pro¬gram design, monitoring and evaluation. Before joining Northeastern, Dr. Minard taught (2009-2014) in the Economic and Political Development Concentration of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she launched the school’s first courses in social entrepreneurship and design thinking for sustainable development. She also taught development practice and social entrepreneurship at Sciences-Po in Paris for several years prior to teaching at Columbia.  

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Shaya Gregory Poku Program Director, Social Justice Resource Center, Student Affairs

Shaya Gregory Poku oversees Northeastern’s Social Justice Resource Center as program director where she works to advance Northeastern students’ socio-political consciousness and productive engagement with contemporary social challenges. Prior to Northeastern, Shaya worked for an international NGO and served as the deputy project manager of a multi-year project supporting the reintegration of ex-militants and community-level reconciliation in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Committed to the ideals of human reconciliation, resilience, and restoration, she has spent the last ten years developing and managing programs that are responsive to the intersections of structural violence, inter-communal violence, and state warfare.

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Rebecca Riccio Director, Social Impact Lab, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Rebecca Riccio is the founding Director of The Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University, an innovation hub that bridges sectors, disciplines, and generations to facilitate knowledge building in the social impact arena. The Social Impact Lab houses several programs that Rebecca has built on a foundation of twenty years’ experience working and teaching at the forefront of the social change arena, including Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), an experiential philanthropy education program, and Giving With Purpose, the world’s first massive open online course (MOOC), on effective charitable giving and informed civic engagement.

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Auroop Ganguly Director, Sustainability and Data Sciences Lab, School of Engineering

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Becca Berkey Director of Service-Learning, Center of Community Service

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Bree Edwards Director, Northeastern Center for the Arts

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Brooke Foucault Welles Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

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Chris Bosso Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Cigdem Talgar Director, Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research (CATLR)

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Derek Lumpkins Director of Neighborhood Programs and Partnerships

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Dennis Shaughnessy Director, Social Enterprise Institute

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Gordana Rabrenovic Associate Professor, Sociology and Education

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Greg Goodale Associate Dean, Associate Professor, College of Arts Media and Design

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Hilary Sullivan Director of Co-curricular Programming, Center for Community Service

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Hugh Courtney Dean, D’Amore-McKim School of Business

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Jules Sievert Creative Director, NuLawLab

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Kevin Murray Executive Director, Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy

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Lori Gardinier Program Director, Human Services Program

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Margo Lindauer Director, Domestic Violence Clinic

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Martha Davis Professor of Law, Faculty Director, NuLawLab

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Matthias Ruth Director, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Resilient Cities Lab

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Michael Pollastri Associate Professor, College of Science

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Natalia Stone Program Coordinator, Human Services Program

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Peter Sessa Director, Community Business Clinic

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Richard Wamai Assistant Professor of African American Studies

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Sophie Bacq Faculty, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Social Enterprise Institute

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Susan Maze-Rothstein Teaching Professor and Director, Legal Skills in Social Context Program

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Susan Montgomery Executive Director of Law and Business, Faculty Director, IP Co-Lab

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Uta Poiger Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

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Jon Fish Project Manager at Northeastern New Ventures

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Laura Wankel Chief Integrated Student Engagement Officer

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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.