Agenda Council & Student Council

We want the Exchange to be created by the community and for our community, and each year, the Ashoka U Team continues to explore how to amplify the many voices of the Exchange. 

To join us on this journey, we work closely with the Agenda Council and the Student Council to produce content and create an agenda that is most reflective of our community. To learn more about these Councils, see below. 

Applications are Now Closed: Agenda Council and Student Council applicants will be notified of a decision by June 30th, 2020. 


Agenda Council


The Exchange Agenda Council is an instrumental partnership to deliver an Exchange that is value-based and community-centered. The Council leads with an equity and inclusion lens to ensure that the content represents the diverse needs and interests of the growing social innovation education community.  

More specifically, the Agenda Council works side-by-side with the Ashoka U team to achieve the following goals: 

  • Inclusivity:  In prior years, community colleges, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), community partners, indigenous communities, and international/non-North America perspectives were under-represented at the Exchange. By leveraging the networks of the Agenda Council, we aim to authentically and thoughtfully work through the process of remedying past oversights. 
  • Value Alignment: The Exchange is an influential platform that is value-based, and through required speaker/facilitator orientation, we work to ensure that presenters are aligned with the Exchange’s values and are equipped with skillsets necessary for holding safe spaces at the conference. 
  • Accessibility: We want everyone to engage and enjoy without hinderance. It is paramount that we continue to improve accessibility and inclusion throughout the Exchange experience for all, whether virtual or in-person. 

Agenda Council Responsibilities:

  • Participate in one, hour-long advisory call every month from July 2020 – April 2021. 
  • Join Ashoka U in mid-Oct 2020 for our virtual week of meetings to select content for the 2021 Exchange.  
  • Attend the Exchange in Spring 2021. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Attended at least one Exchange
  • Exhibit dedication to fostering equitable and inclusive spaces. 
  • Have foundational knowledge of social impact education and a vision for the future of social impact education

Participation Benefits:

In gratitude for their service, Agenda Council members will receive: 

  • A $500 stipend 
  • Complimentary registration to the 2021 Exchange  

 If you are interested in getting involved with the Agenda Council, please contact Michelle King, Associate Director, Exchange at mking@ashoka.org 


Student Council


The Exchange Student Council helps Ashoka U select content with the student experience in mind and with the goal of creating a highly valuable experience for student attendees.  

More specifically, the Student Council will work with Ashoka U to achieve the following: 

  • Content Selection: Create, curate, and select content that will be featured on the 2021 Exchange Student Track. 
  • Value Alignment: Ensure that selected content honors Ashoka U’s values and practices of equity and inclusion 

Student Council Responsibilities:

  • Participate in one, hour-long advisory call every month from July 2020 – April 2021. 
  • Join Ashoka U for a one-day, virtual “Selection Sprint” in mid-Oct 2020 to select content for the 2021 Exchange.  
  • Attend the Exchange in Spring 2021. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student
  • Attended at least one Exchange
  • Proven record of leadership related to social impact initiatives on campus. 
  • Passionate about spreading social impact beyond their campus. 

Participation Benefits:

In gratitude for their service, Student Council members will receive: 

  • A $500 stipend 
  • Complimentary registration to the 2021 Exchange  

 If you are interested in getting involved with the Student Council, please contact Araseli Lara, Exchange Manager at alara@ashoka.org.