Changemaker Campus Overview

The Leading Designation for Social Innovation in Higher Education 

Changemaker Campus is an Ashoka designation that recognizes colleges and universities with a proven track record of campus-wide excellence for social innovation and changemaking. These institutions collaborate with each other and Ashoka to advance social innovation and changemaking across higher education to graduate millions of changemakers. Selection criteria includes a commitment to embedding changemaking across the academics and the institution itself. While they differ in terms of size, institutional type, geographic location, religious affiliation, and age, they are global leaders in social innovation and changemaking in higher education and share similar visions of what education and universities can be.

The Changemaker Campus network is supported by a Network Advisory Committee (NAC), comprised of leaders from Changemaker Campuses. The NAC represents the interests of the Changemaker Campuses, works alongside Ashoka to advance the needs and stewardship of the network, and advises Ashoka on the ongoing power and potential of engaging higher education as key partners and collaborators in advancing changemaking around the world.

Based on insights from Changemaker Campuses, Ashoka U published Becoming a Changemaker Institution. It is a guidebook with both strategies and actions for educators who are ready to prepare the next generation of changemakers. This “do-it-yourself” guidebook is perfect for anyone interested in harnessing the power and potential of changemaker education at their own institution.

Ashoka U is transitioning to a new decentralized model in which we will focus on spreading ideas, enabling the leadership of our partners including Changemaker Campuses, and building collaborations on global and regional initiatives with Ashoka country offices and programs around the world.