Beeta Ansari

Beeta is Ashoka U’s Exchange Director, the world’s largest global convening for social entrepreneurship education.

Ashoka U’s Semi-Annual Round Up

Since Ashoka U launched the Changemaker Campus initiative in 2008, it is safe to say we have come a long way! In an effort to keep ourpartners and supporters abreast of the latest happenings with Ashoka U, we wanted to share a semi-annual compilation of updates and results. You will also find a list of events where you can find the Ashoka U team this fall! Thank you for your continued support and contributions to the Ashoka U network, and if not before, we hope to see you soon at the Ashoka U Exchange at Arizona State University next February 10-11, 2012 to continue making history together.


• Now! Social Edge chat launched on “Disruptive (Social) Innovation in Higher Education hosted by Ashoka U and a Changemaker Campus leader from Arizona State University.

• We have launched a formalized process to encourage high impact Ashoka Campus Collaboration Fellow program with Changemaker Campus partners.

• The number of Changemaker Campuses selected has grown to ¬15 total with Middlebury College and University of San Diego joining the consortium.

• Ashoka U Mexico has launched! We have selected our first non-US Changemaker Campus at Tec de Monterrey in Guadalajara.

• Ashoka U has been selected as the first non-Ashoka Fellow to participate in Globalizer, Ashoka’s premier platform for global social innovation. We will receive McKinsey consulting and business leader mentorship to prepare for a formal presentation in Vienna about our global expansion potential.

• The Ashoka U Exchange, the 2nd annual global gathering connecting higher education leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business leaders, who are committed to transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience, will be held February 10-11, 2012 at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. We hope to grow to 100 colleges and universities (up from 70 at Duke University last February).

• We have already confirmed our speakers for the 2012 TEDxAshokaU. Speakers include philanthropist Desh Deshpande and the founder of the X-Prize, Peter Diamandis. We are selecting one student and one faculty speaker through an open online voting competition.

Results Roundup:

We wanted to share a few inspirational stories that demonstrate the impact of the Changemaker Campuses:

• Arizona State University has launched Changemaker Central as a student-run centralized resource hub for student involvement in entrepreneurship, civic engagement, service learning, and community service.

• Babson College is hosting a Faculty Forum this November on the future of Social Innovation Education. This event will help faculty learn how to be ‘intrapreneurs’ inside their institution, using their strength in entrepreneurship to benefit the consortium.

• Duke University and Babson College will be working together, through a partnership developed through the Changemaker Campus consortium, to develop case studies on Ashoka Fellows who will be participating in the Globalizer.

• George Mason launches the new Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, a huge milestone after three years as a Changemaker Campus.

• Marquette University hosts their third social entrepreneur in residence this fall, and their student organization has grown, including a new platform for launching student ventures.

• Ashoka Fellow Rick Aubry is selected as Tulane University’s first Assistant Provost for Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship! Tulane has also selected five endowed Professorships in Social Entrepreneurship.

Ashoka U on the Road:

Just in case we happen to be in the same place at the same time, or you have recommendations for folks we should meet at the following conferences, colleges, or countries, please let us know!

Sept 20-21: Clinton Global Initiative, New York, NY

Sept 22-23: Rollins College, Orlando, FL

Oct 13-15: AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities) Conference, Long Beach, CA

Oct 17-21: Opportunity Collaboration, Ixtapa, Mexico

Oct 21-22: San Diego University, San Diego, CA

Nov 3-7: Ashoka Globalizer, Vienna, Austria

Nov 10-12: Babson Faculty Forum, Babson Park, MA

Nov 17-19: Entrepreneurship Education Summit, Washington DC

Dec 8-16: Bangalore, India