Student Track

The exchange gathers 650+ innovators, educators and students from around the world who are transforming the higher ed system from the inside out. Student changemakers are not only the consumers of a transformed education; students are actively co-creating an education fit for 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.

This 6-session track will run concurrent to the 2020 Exchange.


Made possible with support from Brent Martini

Day One | Thursday, April 16, 2020 

10:30 am –11:45 am | 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 forthcoming. 

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm | How to Develop ChangeMakers Mindset in Underdeveloped Communities

Aliat Empréndete aims to encourage social mobility with a ChangeMaker Mindset in its students so that they have access to a better quality of life or socioeconomic status. Students are encouraged to create social entrepreneurial projects under the slogan “Be ready to think about your future from today.” This workshop will awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in students and invite them to become agents of change with positive social impact through technological tools, programming, methodology, and support at the network level.

3:30 pm –4:45 pm | Universities, Innovation & the making of “Human Super-Heroes?”

Powered by the belief in the impact of working together and shared values, the University of St. Thomas and the University of San Diego (USD) recently joined forces to work on the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC). This session will highlight businesses that launched because of the dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem that universities provide. It will be an interactive and engaging conversation with successful alumni entrepreneurs from the University of St. Thomas and the University of San Diego. We will hear the stories of how they got started, the role their academic journeys, university communities and in some cases entrepreneurship competitions played to catapult them into life as an entrepreneur or dare we say, “human super-heroes.”

Day Two | Friday, April 17, 2020 

10:30 am –11:45 am | Volunteer Workshop UP

The Volunteer Workshop UP consists in diverse stages that aim to develop skills in the student like leadership, organization, fundraising, teamwork, among other skills that will help him in future experiences, projects. The purpose of this project is for the student to help a community with construction or an Organization, improving their facilities. To get started, the students have an awareness session and a quick preparation about becoming a “volunteer UP”.

1:45 pm –3:00 pm | Global Lab Miami: Engaging With Experiential Education And International Students

Global Lab Miami is the new experiential program of the academic department at the Global First Year program at Florida International University. The lab provides students with curated activities on campus and in Miami to get involved and be exposed to real-world scenarios. It also supports faculty to include experiential education as an asset to help students, especially second language learners, understand concepts by exposing them to activities outside of the classroom. Global Lab Miami is a space for students to explore, test, analyze, ideate, and prototype. It is the hope that by doing, students will become empowered to find their why and purpose.

Day Three | Saturday, April 18, 2020 

11:00 am –12:15 pm | Closing & Networking 

Description forthcoming.