Transforming higher education into a tool for social innovation!

#AUX2020, co-hosted by University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, will take place on April 16-18, 2020.

The presentation application will go live on August 15, 2019.

We’re proud to partner with University of St. Thomas, an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus! Founded by Archbishop John Ireland more than a century ago as a university for immigrants, the University of St. Thomas has been making social change happen since its inception. Then and now, our university doors have been open to anyone seeking to liberate their minds and change their destinies, no matter their race, religion or social status. The largest private university and first in Minnesota to be designated as a Changemaker Campus, they will be the first campus in the Upper Midwestern to host the Ashoka U Exchange. As an urban, faith-based institution, they are always thinking critically, acting wisely, and working skillfully to advance the common good in our campus, community and throughout the world.


Relive the 2019 Exchange

Thanks for such a wonderful 2019 Exchange! Join the Exchange from around the world! Relive #AUX2019 with us and watch the keynotes below:

“Welcome Change – Changemaker Movements”

Thursday Feb 21 at 8:30am PT/11:30am ET

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“Graduating Changemakers – Expanding Possibilities for Higher Ed in the 21st Century”

Friday, Feb 22 at 8:30am PT/11:30am ET

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“The Importance of Better Arguments”

Saturday, Feb 23 at 11:30am PT/2:30pm ET

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The Ashoka U Exchange is a 3-day learning lab, testing ground, space for celebrating innovation, and spark for the collaboration of 700 of educators, students, and other higher education professionals from across the world.

It’s a home for creative problem solvers, learners, listeners, and visionaries. Despite our diverse roles, experiences, and background we share the vision: We must rewire our colleges and universities to enable, empower, and catalyze changemakers across our institutions.The Exchange is more than just an event, it’s a community. Together, we create a culture of:

  • Belonging. We are a home for changemakers & a support network of visionary thinkers.
  • Optimism. Where others see problems, we see the spark of a new idea.
  • Inclusion. We seek out & respect diverse voices to uncover the best opportunities.
  • Generosity. We are here for each other, eager to listen & share.
  • Courage. We’re not afraid of unorthodox ideas because they’re inherent to progress.
  • Respect. We recognize the right of every attendee to feel safe, heard, & valued at the Exchange. We are all part of this community together & all voices matter.

Read the 5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss the Exchange.

Ashoka U Exchange Playlist