Universidad de Monterrey Changemaker Campus

Universidad de Monterrey, founded in 1969, is a world-class institution of catholic inspiration open to students and faculty of all creeds and backgrounds. What is unique about UDEM is the Personal Formation Plan (PFP) from which each student is individually guided and oriented in their educational choices and aspirations. Universidad de Monterrey social commitment promotes academic excellence in an inter-cultural environment and contributes to knowledge and the building of a sustainable society, offers a well-rounded and personalized education so that each student may fulfill his life goals and interests and find meaning in the service of others. Universidad de Monterrey is truly commited to educating students as excellent professionals and excellent people and become the next generation of change agents leaders and follow their passion by serving their communities with a measurable and sustainable social impact.

Form to transform

Form to transform is a program to strengthen service skills; it´s directed towards students who, from a very young age, have discovered the joy in serving other people. Form to transform strives to increase the impact and the scope of the projects that the students created and/or participate in, based on the “servant leader philosophy” and a personalized follow-up program. After getting their Bachelor degree, these young people are characterized for having, besides knowledge and professional skills, superior competencies to lead teams that are oriented to solve the most urgent problems in society. The initiative´s fundraising campaign provides scholarships to young people who are known for their leadership and commitment to service, but lack resources needed to study at UDEM.

Center for Solidarity and Philanthropy (CESYF)

The Center for Solidarity and Philanthropy has the purpose of generating a solid framework of action to involve students in community development as a resource to develop awareness and responsibility. Through the participation in community programs focused on dignifying the individuals and on social growth, the students finds transcendence at the service of others. In congruence with its mission and commited to social justice Universidad de Monterrey has managed social projects at impoverished communities near the campus. These social projects aimed at the needs encountered by community diagnosis and tools that measure the social impact projects like Health and Development Center, Santa Catarina Polytechnic High School, Kimakul (fair trade project), Universidad de Barrios.

Curricular social entrepreneurship program

The new social entrepreneurship program was launched in august 2011, a multy-year program (2.5 years) with five courses. The first two courses social entrepreneurship and business plan are mandatory for all business school students. Once they finish the first year program, students are encourage to take three concentration courses on entrepreneurship and get assistance from UDEM Center for Business Incubation and Development to incubate the new social entrepreneurship venture and also students are encourage to get involve and participate in social business plan competitions.. The program is based on three important elements: UDEM´s new student pedagogical model, the service learning method to apply knowledge and a network from within with other leadership centers like Sustainability Center, Center for Solidarity and Philantrophy and Center for Business Incubation and Development.

Carlos Basurto Dean of the Business School

The words social and entrepreneurship have had a significant meaning in my professional career. In 1993, I started as an entrepreneur professor and I realized that in traditional entrepreneurship models, there was a lack of connection between the start up and to solve a social need. My dissertation (and current work) was related to social initiatives promoted by organizations with a win-win orientation. In my position, I promoted and participated in the development of our social entrepreneurship model that is part of our curricula. In addition, I have been involved in different social initiatives. I believe as educators, we have the responsibility to promote social entrepreneurship with our students, faculty and all our stakeholders; in particular in developing economies with high social demands such as Mexico. It is a big challenge but I am very excited to put all my energy to promote and implement social entrepreneurship in different personal and professional activities.

Héctor Gómez Associate Professor at UDEM Business School

Since 2011 that the new curricular social entrepreneurship program started I have found new meaning for teaching. This new program mandatory for all Business School students has taught students and myself, that business must be for profit but profit must also be for purpose. Teaching values brought a new dimension to the classroom; empowering students to become change leaders and make them believe that is their hands to make a difference. Even though social entrepreneurship education is a young, emerging field of study I want to keep on learning from other changemaker campuses and their best practices. I honestly believe that we can have an impact on students through social entrepreneurship courses and find innovative strategies to reach 100% of its student body at UDEM.

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.