Agenda Council

We want the Exchange to be created by the community and for our community. This year, the Exchange content will be advised and selected by two councils: An Agenda Council and a Student Council. See more details below.

Please contact Beeta Ansari, Exchange Director, at bansari@ashoka.org with any questions regarding either council.

Agenda Council


The Exchange Agenda Council helps Ashoka U select content that will be featured on the 2020 Exchange agenda. The Council leads with an equity and inclusion lens to ensure the content represents the diverse needs and interests of the growing social innovation education community.

More specifically, the 2020 Agenda Council will work with Ashoka U to achieve the following goals:

  • Ensure that there are more perspectives from community colleges, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs),  community partners, indigenous communities, and international/non-North America perspectives are featured on the agenda. These stakeholders have been under-represented throughout the Exchange experience in prior years and we hope to begin the long process of remedying that.
  • Train speakers and facilitators so that they are aligned with the Exchange’s values and are equipped with skillsets necessary for holding safe spaces at the conference.
  • Contribute to improving accessibility and feeling of inclusion throughout the Exchange experience.

Prospective Agenda Council members should apply through our online application by June 5, 2019.

Council Members

The Agenda Council will be comprised of diverse stakeholders and be representative of our community. More specifically, we are looking for:

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Administrators
  • Student
  • Community Partner
  • International perspective (outside United States)

Agenda Council members should meet the following criteria:

  • Attended the Exchange at least once
  • Evidence of dedication to fostering equitable and inclusive spaces
  • Foundational knowledge of social impact education
  • Vision for what’s “mission critical” for the future of social impact education

Roles & Responsibilities

Agenda Council members should be able to commit to the following:

  • Participate in one, hour-long advisory call every month from July 2019 – March 2020.
  • Join the Exchange team from October 22 – 26, 2019 at Ashoka HQ in Arlington, VA (just outside Washington, D.C.) to select content. Ashoka U will cover costs.
  • Participate in the Exchange, from April 16 – 18, 2020.

Agenda Council members will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the 2020 Exchange (valued at $699).
  • Travel, accommodations, and meals covered during Agenda Council Summit in October 2019.
  • $500 stipend, paid directly to Council Members.

Apply here for the Agenda Council.

Student Council


The Ashoka U Exchange Student Council will help Ashoka U pursue the following goals at the 2020 Exchange:

  • Work with Ashoka U to create, curate, and select content that will be featured on the 2020 Exchange agenda and Student Track.
  • Ensure that selected content honors Ashoka U’s values and practices of equity and inclusion

Student Council members will be selected through an application, which will be live from May 15 – June 5, 2019. The Council will include 3-5 students (both undergraduate and/or graduate) who work in tandem with Ashoka U.

Student Council Members

Student Council members should meet the following criteria:

  • Attended the Exchange at least once.
  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Evidence of leadership related to social impact initiatives on campus.
  • Passionate about spreading social impact beyond your campus and working collaboratively across higher education.

Student Council Role & Responsibilities

We also ask that Student Council members commit to the following over their 10-month commitment:

  • Participate in one, hour long advisory call every month from July 2019 – March 2020.
  • Participate in the Exchange, from April 16 – 18, 2020.

Student Council members will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the 2020 Exchange (valued at $699).
  • $500 stipend, paid directly to the Student Council member.

Apply here for the Student Council.