Emily Lamb

Emily manages the Changemaker Campus network, a collective of post-secondary institutions dedicated to making changemaking a norm in higher education.

2020 May News U Can Use


Just Launched: SSIR and Ashoka U series on Higher Ed Innovation

In partnership with Ashoka U, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) launched a digital series “Innovating Higher Education for the Greater Good”. Follow along here to read cases from diverse colleges, universities, partners, and intermediaries sharing stories and strategies of innovation and change to bring greater value to students, their institutions, and society.

Announcing the Newest Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

The Changemaker Campus designation from Ashoka U recognizes colleges and universities for their outstanding commitment to social innovation and changemaker education. During the virtual 2020 Exchange, Ashoka U publicly designated one more campus, HEC Montréal, as a Changemaker Campus. Read about HEC Montréal here.

#MillionsofChangemaker Award Winners

We are thrilled to announce the four winners of Ashoka U’s #MillionsofChangemakers Award: The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at Florida International University , Ohio State University, as part of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme, Tecnológico de Monterrey’s HUB for innovative social entrepreneurship at Guadalajara, and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia.

Award winners are equipping thousands of students and community members to be more resilient, creative, and step up to address the problems they see around them. Learn more about their work in our virtual poster session, which is open for your comments and questions until Friday, May 8.

13 Calls to Action for Leading Systems Change on Campus for Impact

Colleges and universities around the world are being tested like never before. As we all grapple with what the future of education looks like, Ashoka U has gleaned thirteen calls to action from thought leaders at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, Strada Institute for the Future of Work, McKinsey & Company, and others who attended our 8th annual Senior Leaders’ ExperienceRead here.

Impact Community Job Matching Platform, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University

Employers seeking talent and job seekers are both invited to contribute to the Impact Community Job Matching Platform, a site designed to more easily connect social impact focused professionals with job opportunities. Learn more.

“Our Planet, Our Purpose: STEM for Changemaking” Challenge by Ashoka & General Motors – Application due May 14

Calling all young changemakers, ages 14 to 18! Ashoka and General Motors will recognize 25 teams using STEM to foster a more sustainable future for our planet. Winning teams will win $1000 USD seed funding and mentorship from leading social entrepreneurs. Learn more.

Sustainable Design Faculty Grants, VentureWell – Application due May 20

Are you a faculty member looking to create a sustainability-focused course or program? Interested in helping your students find climate solutions? VentureWell is offering up to $30,000 to support faculty and staff who are committed to incorporating key concepts of sustainability and environmental responsibility into their innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum. Learn more and apply now!

Watson Semester Accelerator – Application due June 1

Watson Institute’s Semester Accelerator is a program for college students, recent graduates, and gap-year students with an early-stage social venture/project and a passion for social impact. The program is 4-months (August to December) and located in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more.

Photography Flash Grants, PhotoWings

PhotoWingsa non-profit utilizing photography across generations, cultures and disciplines, is offering Flash Grants with awards up to $5000 USD for photo-based projects. Awards will be given to projects with potential to create ripples across cultures, generations and/or disciplines. Applications due June 15. Learn More.

COVID-19 Student Action Fund , CGI U

Are you a student creating solutions to address challenges related to COVID-19?  This action fund is geared towards awareness and prevention campaigns, social enterprises, infectious disease monitoring and response systems, and other emergency response initiatives that are providing immediate support for frontline essential workers. Grants of $2,000 to $5,000 USD will be awarded. Applications due June 3. Learn more.

Global Scholars Fellowship Program, Global Livingston Institute

Apply for GLIs Global Scholars Fellowship Program, a 5-week interactive online classroom and research experience for students interested in learning about Community Development through an international lens. Applications due May 9. Apply here.

2-Months Free on LearnGive Resource Hub
Calling all aspiring philanthropists! Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving (LxG) is offering two months free (May and June) access to LearnGive, its new online resource hub and virtual community for emerging philanthropists. Download the LearnGive app today (available via the iTunes App Store or Google Play). Learn more.

The Higher Ed We Need Now

In the Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage of the 2020 Exchange, Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer covering innovation in and around academe, highlighted key opportunities she sees for the future of higher education in a post-COVID world. Read her take here.

Get Free Access to the “Netflix of Global Education”

SIMA is offering their award-winning online film library for FREE for 1 month for all Ashoka U educators and students. Access high-quality virtual content about social impact stories from over 140 countries that is certain to keep students engaged and inspired. Register here.