University of California San Diego Changemaker Campus

At the University of California, San Diego, we constantly push boundaries and challenge expectations.  Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities in the world and the top public university in the nation for positive impact (Washington Monthly, 2016), we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth, and make our world a better place. Changemaking is what we do.  We are changemakers; we make changemakers.

Our core values say a lot about how we go about changemaking.  We are student-centered, research-focused, and service-oriented.  We believe in: interdisciplinary collaboration that leads to new discoveries that advance and enrich society; diversity, equity, and inclusion; a bold entrepreneurial spirit; and striving for excellence in all our endeavors.  A commitment to sustainability, integrity, and ethics guides everything we do.

When it comes to changemaking, we have a rich history of groundbreaking programs, and we have ambitious plans for the future.  We aim to advance our changemaking culture and amplify the impact of individual programs through an integrated network of campus changemaker champions.  This network will steward, support, grow, and coordinate our changemaking efforts across our six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools.  This model will allow us to leverage valuable expertise and experience, enhance cross-campus collaboration and partnerships, strengthen existing initiatives and catalyze innovation, and continue to develop our robust campus ecosystem for changemaking.  In concert with the Changemaker Campus community, we are committed to leading, by example as well as influence, efforts to harness higher education as a force for positive social change.


Mandy Bratton , Executive Director, Global TIES; Lecturer, Jacobs School of Engineering

Dr. Mandy Bratton is the Executive Director of Global TIES - Teams in Engineering Service and a Lecturer in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. Prior to joining the Jacobs School, Dr. Bratton served as a senior faculty member in Psychology and Human Development and Interim Associate Dean at Prescott College for the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice. Since 1986, Dr. Bratton has enjoyed an affiliation with the Semester at Sea Global Studies program that has included three academic voyages around the world, visiting more than twenty countries. She is a founding member and affiliate of UC San Diego's Center for Research on Gender in the Professions and Center for Global Justice. Her scholarly interests include international education and development, the impact of global and community engagement on students and the organizations and communities with which they work, and gender and diversity issues in academic and professional settings. Dr. Bratton is the Principal Investigator on SISTERS: Sustaining Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research in Society, a three-year, NSF-funded intervention project that aims to ignite and sustain the STEM-related interests of 5th and 6th grade girls from under-served communities.

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JoAnne Starr Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at Rady School of Management

JoAnne Starr is Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at the Rady School of Management at University ofCalifornia San Diego. She works directly with faculty on development and delivery of Rady’s MBA and Master’sprograms and oversees admissions, student affairs, and career services. Prior to Rady, she served as AssistantDean for MBA Programs at University of California Irvine. JoAnne also held positions at University of Washingtonand at The Wharton School. She has been active as a committee and board member for the MBA Career ServicesCouncil, Graduate Management Admissions Council and MBA Roundtable. Her undergraduate degree is fromVassar College, her graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Trask Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement

Emily Marx Trask, Ph.D. has served in Student Affairs at the University of California San Diego for 15 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement at the University of California, San Diego, with responsibility for student organization advising, Greek Life, communication and leadership development programs, community service and co-curricular social innovation initiatives, and campus wide events. Her areas of academic interest include college student development, student engagement, leadership development, civic engagement and service-learning, and professional development in student affairs. Her doctorate is in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership from the University of San Diego, where her dissertation research focused on new student affairs professionals' use of advising strategies that promote self-authorship development among college students. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a B.A in Philosophy from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

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Gabriele Wienhausen Faculty Director, Teaching and Learning Commons

Professor Wienhausen received her Ph.D. from Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in 1979 and joined the Division of Biological Sciences in 1987. As Associate Dean for Education in the Division of Biological Sciences (2007-2015), Professor Wienhausen provided leadership for the strategic and operational aspects of the Division's educational mission. Her broad portfolio as Associate Dean included increasing the effectiveness of the faculty's teaching, promoting the needs of a diverse faculty and student body, improving the quality of the educational experience for the Division's undergraduate and graduate students, and facilitating the implementation of educational activities with other schools and other departments on campus, as well as with community and K-12 schools. She brings to the faculty directorship of the Teaching & Learning Commons, a track record of providing vision, coordinating diverse constituencies, and working tirelessly in leadership roles that profoundly impact students. She has served as founding Provost of UC San Diego's Sixth College, founding faculty member and co-director of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Math and Science Education, Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded PRIME international summer research program, Principal Investigator for the Howard Hughes Science Enrichment Program, founding co-director of the COSMOS summer math and science initiative, and co-founder of the Global TIES multidisciplinary internship program.

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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.