Florida International University Changemaker Campus

FIU is Miami’s first and only public research university. We define our institution as a solutions center in the knowledge that our stakeholders have a unique opportunity to lead positive change and address 21st century challenges faced by our local and global communities.

As the country’s largest majority-minority Carnegie Highest Research Activity institution, FIU brings unique assets to the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship education. Our 54,000+ students live at the frontlines of society’s most pressing challenges, from health care and income disparities to climate change and immigration. The movement to empower FIU’s diverse students, faculty, staff, and alumni as global social innovators reflects the institution’s core values, mission, and strategy. FIU was founded on the promise of engaged research and teaching. In the words of our founding President Charles Perry:

We realize that solutions to the problems of pollution, urbanization, and population growth which beset us can only be approached by a consciousness of their relation to the global human environment. It is this consciousness which led to the commitment of Florida International University not only to the traditions of higher education, but also to innovation in response to the changing needs of the citizens of the world.

Now, five decades later, we celebrate the myriad ways FIU delivers on this promise. We eagerly embrace new opportunities to expand our commitment to research and teaching for social innovation and global problem solving.

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.