2021 Exchange Hosts

Ashoka U is excited to partner with George Mason University and co-host the Exchange in Spring 2021.

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 George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia

As one of the original four Changemaker Campuses, it’s clear that working toward a better tomorrow is at the core of George Mason University’s mission. With 38,000 students coming from 130 countries and 50 states, it is the largest public research university in Virginia. It is also one of a few U.S. universities with no disparity in graduation outcomes across race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

Recognized for innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity, and accessibility, Mason seeks to produce the graduates, scholarship, and service-oriented action that best serves society. This value system manifests itself in a variety of approaches to making an impact in the world.

The recently formed Business for a Better World Center believes that a better world is everyone’s business and seeks to inspire students to make business a force for good. The Mason Innovation Exchange creates an ecosystem that allows collaboration and entrepreneurship to thrive in a search for solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. Knowing that the world is at a turning point, the Institute for a Sustainable Earth is channeling Mason’s research capability to address the world’s pressing sustainability and resilience challenges. Concern about environmental ecosystems prompted the creation of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. A truly unique partnership between the University and the Smithsonian Institution, this endeavor provides hands-on educational opportunities to those fighting to protect the planet’s biodiversity.