Student Track

We believe that students are not passive consumers of education; rather, our goal is for all students to be changemakers and active co-creators of an educational experience fit our future. 

We invite all students and allies to come together to discuss, collaborate, and explore the role of students in transforming colleges and universities into engines of social innovation fit to confront the world’s most pressing challenges.

Made possible with support from Brent Martini

Day One | Thursday, April 16, 2020 

11:00 am –12:00pm EDT | Networking & Welcome

Get to know those who curated this track, our Student Council, and connect with fellow students from across the globe. Spark connections and conversations to make the most of your Exchange experience! More details here.

2:15pm – 3:15pm EDT | Bridging the gap between the Campus, City, and Community

In our constantly changing and disconnected world, it can seem impossible to break down the social barriers between different actors in and around our institutions. In this workshop, we will demonstrate a model of social change that uses multiple layers of partnerships and strategic collaboration between students, faculty, and the community in order to promote mindful engagement in the process of co-creation and collaboration in community-centered courses. More details here.

2:15 pm –3:15 pm EDT | Universities, Innovation & the making of “Human Super-Heroes?”

Powered by our shared values, the University St. Thomas and University of San Diego recently joined forces to work on the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge. This interactive session will feature successful alumni entrepreneurs from both universities. We will hear about how they got started and the role their university ecosystem and venture pitch competitions played to catapult them into life as an entrepreneur or dare we say, “human super-heroes.” More details here.


Day Two | Friday, April 17, 2020 

3:45pm –4:45pm EDT | The Changemaker Journey

Thriving in today’s world requires adapting to and shaping change. It requires being a changemaker, someone who steps up to take action to solve problems and create opportunities for the good of all. Join us to explore the Changemaker Journey model and discuss how to spark and support your peers! More details here.

3:45pm –4:45pm EDT | Exploring Pathways – Graduate Programs & Beyond

Curious about post-grad opportunities? Looking to continue tackling the world’s pressing issues? Take innovation and changemaking with you, and join us for the opportunity to engage with programs fit for graduate changemakers – ask questions, give feedback, & make connections. Hear from the USC Marshall School of Business – MS Social Entrepreneurship & the USD Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. More details here.