George Mason University Changemaker Campus

Located outside Washington, D.C., George Mason University (Mason) provides its 35,000 graduate and undergraduate students access to rich cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Students hail from all 50 states and over 130 countries. Forty percent of our students are first generation college students, 1/3 are Pell Grant recipients and more than half identify as minorities. Recognized for innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and accessibility, Mason is proud to be a Ashoka U Changemaker Campus noted for strong retention and graduation rates of historically under-represented students. Central to Mason’s strategic plan is the question: “What can Mason do—or do better—to produce the types of graduates, scholarship, and service-oriented action that will best serve society?” Thus, we offer a variety of curricular opportunities (university-wide entrepreneurship minor), research opportunities (Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research), student clubs (Mason Changemakers), co-curricular experiences (Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator), tri-sector partnerships (Honey Bee Initiative), and spaces (The MIX) to support changemaking and meaningful impact both regionally and globally.

Mason Thought Leadership


2021 Exchange:
Leading Change the Changemaker Way
The Role of Higher Education during Times of Upheaval
Antiracist Educator Professional Development
Brain(mental) health: Journey onto well-being & resilience
Dismantling Denial about Teachers’ Biases
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change Research and Teaching
Addressing Racial Inequalities & Promoting Ethnic Justice at GMU
Three big ideas for the future of student preparedness
Creating A Sustainability Ecosystems in Higher Education
Leveraging partnerships for the SDGs
Health Equity: The Role of Researchers, Community Partners, & Practitioners

2011 TEDxAshoka U:
TEDx talk featuring Whitney Burton, GMU ‘11

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.