2020 Exchange Hosts

Ashoka U is excited to partner with University of St. Thomas and co-host the 2020 Exchange in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.  This will be the first Exchange in the Mid-West in the United States!

About Ashoka U

Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. Building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker, Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. Ashoka U helps break down barriers to institutional change and fosters a culture of social innovation in higher education. Ashoka U’s global network of 150 colleges and universities is advancing an education that develops interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solutions-oriented skills.

About Ashoka

Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has elected and supported over 3,000 Fellows – social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems – in over 70 countries. Ashoka’s support includes start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to their global network of Ashoka Fellows. Ashoka envisions an Everyone a Changemaker world, capable of responding quickly and effectively to social challenges, and in which each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.

About University of St. Thomas – Minnesota

Located in Minneapolis – St. Paul, the University of St. Thomas changemaker identity is rooted in the mission, which is inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, to educate “… students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.” It is also actualized through the longstanding commitment to community partnerships, volunteerism, and academic engagement with the local community; it is reflected in initiatives like the new Dougherty Family College, which provides a pathway to higher education for those who might not otherwise have access to it. It is also reflected in St. Thomas’ more established efforts in sustainability on and off- campus, in peace engineering, and our Brightside Produce project, among others. All of these initiatives are grounded in the belief in the dignity of all people and in the commitment to Catholic social thought. The Under-Told Stories Project brings this attention to challenging issues and solutions on the global stage,  and the new Center for the Common Good bridges work on campus with both local and international efforts to promote sustained social innovation.