Brown University Changemaker Campus

Brown’s open curriculum attracts students with the initiative and skill to craft their own vision of an undergraduate education, at an institution where social responsibility is central to the culture. So what results from this mix? Students whose ambition is not for their own advancement, but rather to make a difference in the world. The Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service offers the Social Innovation Fellowship for student entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to get the training, funding, and networking support they need to lead social ventures. Social Entrepreneurs and Practitioners in Residence at the Swearer Center–and our burgeoning partnership with the Providence based Social Enterprise Greenhouse — connect students with community-based changemakers and promote a culture of collaborative learning and community impact.

Twice each academic year, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative brings to Brown’s campus a cohort of innovators in their 20’s, who are focused on social entrepreneurship and economic development, adding to the rich mix of international perspectives and issues addressed. For Brown students seeking to explore, expand, or launch ventures, the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship provides grants, as well as a summer accelerator program.


Brown University Thought Leadership


2021 Exchange:
Rising to the Moment: Mobilizing Student Power for Immigrant Justice

2020 Exchange:
Pursuit of a Virtuous Cycle for Social Impact: Aligning campus-wide strategy, rankings, accreditation, & recognition

2015 Exchange:
Swearer Sparks

2014 Exchange:
Setting the Stage for the New Scholar
The University & Community: Creating and Nurturing a Collaborative Ecosystem
Re-centering Higher Education for Tomorrow’s Talent
2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Awardees

2015 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Awardee: Swearer Sparks (SEAD)
2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Awardee: Social Innovation Fellowship and Leading Social Ventures course

Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.