Royal Roads University Changemaker Campus

At Royal Roads University, changemaking is part of our DNA. We pioneered the blended learning model in Canada and designed something completely different on the post-secondary landscape when the university was established in 1995. We created a unique learning experience through digital delivery that allows students to stay connected to their communities and combined it with an unparalleled natural and historic environment for research and study in Victoria, B.C. Our progressive model of education delivers applied and professional graduate and undergraduate degree programs, Canada’s first applied research doctorate, and exceptional certificate and diploma programs. At Royal Roads, full-time students, working professionals and lifelong learners find opportunities and skills to create positive change in their lives and work, in their communities and on the global stage.

Changemaking and social innovation at Royal Roads begin from our holistic, student-centred approach to flexible admissions and it is inscribed in our university-wide learning and teaching model. We place interdisciplinary discovery at the heart of all our programs, understanding that the complex problems of our time require multiple lenses versus single-solution approaches, and our applied research responds to global, national and community-based problems. Changemaking extends through our culture of mentorship and collaboration to create opportunities for students not only to learn, but contribute with purpose and impact.

Doctor of Social Sciences

The Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) program focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences to complex, real-world problems of direct concern to organizations, communities and society. An alternative to traditional doctoral programs, DSocSci offers relevant doctoral training that not only nurtures professional students as skilled researchers, but also allows them to conduct applied research, to communicate it in the most appropriate ways to a variety of audiences and to produce networks of scholar-practitioners who continue a lifetime of collaborative work as public intellectuals and changemakers.

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Master of Arts in Leadership

The Master of Arts in Leadership program balances professional diversity and interdisciplinary study with the need for sector specific knowledge and problem-solving skills. The program focuses on real-world problem-solving projects grounded in a rigorous theoretical understanding of the nature of today’s organizations and the changing role of leadership within them. Comprehensive leadership studies address adult learning, emotional intelligence, communication and conflict, systems thinking, team facilitation and development, organizational change and action research inquiry.

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Bachelor of Business Administration in Business and Sustainability

The Bachelor of Business Administration program encourages students to become champions of business and sustainability. The program creates experiences for students to understand their environment and to make positive change in the world and their communities. The program offers an immersed, experiential learning opportunity by allowing students to work directly with real-world clients and situations to learn about conflict and consulting.

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Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development is delivered in partnership with the City of Victoria to provide practical tools and a holistic understanding of sustainable community-based development. Students explore systems thinking, decision making and planning by engaging in real, socially-relevant projects at CityStudio, a collaborative focused on co-created solutions to current community challenges.

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Robert Mittelman Associate Professor

Dr. Robert Mittelman is an associate professor in the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University. An accomplished entrepreneur, Rob is engaged in changemaking activities in business and in research. He has presented at changemaking conferences, and is researching non-profit marketing efficiency and social entrepreneurship as a tool for poverty alleviation.

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Jaigris Hodson Assistant Professor

Dr. Jaigris Hodson is an assistant professor in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. As an interdisciplinary connector, Jaigris serves as program head of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and works to connect departments across Royal Roads. She has presented research at multiple social innovation related conferences. Jaigris was also on the Ryerson change team and a Ryerson changemaker before joining Royal Roads.

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Katherina V. Tarnai-Lokhorst Doctorate of Social Sciences Candidate

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Hilary Leighton Program Head Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development

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Athena Madan Assistant Professor

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Maria Anderson Consultant/Doctoral Candidate

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Johanna Henderson Research Assistant - Social Innovation

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Steve Grundy Vice-President Academic and Provost, Professor

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Todd Thexton Assistant Professor

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Zoe MacLeod Director, Professional & Continuing Studies

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Kathleen Manion Assistant Professor

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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.