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.

2020 Agenda Council:

Lauren Burrows

Education and Inclusion Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Antionette D. Carroll

Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab

Stephen Dooley

Executive Director, Surrey Campus, Simon Fraser University

Saleha Khumawala

Robert Grinaker Professor of Accounting; Founding Director of SURE™, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

Kelly Robert Sardon-Garrity

Associate Director, University of St. Thomas’ Center for the Common Good

Hillary Scanlon

Founder and CEO, Sustainability Through an Inclusive Lens

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

2020 Exchange Student Council:

Diego Carrion-Alvarez

Universidad de Monterrey

Reijer den Dulk

University of San Diego

Eric Richards

University of California, San Diego

Shannon Lue Chee Lip

University of Rochester

Aria St. James

University of St. Thomas