North Central College Changemaker Campus

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and six graduate programs. With more than 2,900 students, North Central provides a rigorous, student-centered education and fosters a diverse, inclusive and globally engaged community that prepares students for action and leadership in a complex world. Less than 30 miles from Chicago’s Loop, the campus is located in the Historic District of Naperville, Ill., a convenient location for immersive and community-engaged learning experiences. Recognized nationally for environmental sustainability, campus internationalization, and the education of first-generation students, North Central leads with its values and takes seriously the mission to develop “curious, engaged, ethical, and purposeful citizens and leaders.”

The College’s Center for Social Impact serves as a hub for cross-campus social innovation initiatives, offering five pathways that guide students on their changemaking journeys: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Advocacy and Activism, Civic Engagement and Leadership, Service and Volunteering, and Academics and Research. For each pathway, the Center offers connections to degree programs, student clubs, campus-wide events, internships and funding opportunities. Signature programs include the annual Changemaker Challenge pitch competition that funds new student ventures, and TEDxNorthCentralCollege, a community platform for sharing innovative ideas. Student organizations include The Union, a student-run music venue focused on social change, and Enactus, a socially conscious coffee business that partners with Guatemalan farmers. ConVerge, the College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, provides student, alumni, and community innovators with the resources to develop, launch and grow their ventures. For more information visit

North Central College Thought Leadership


2021 Exchange:
Dialogue & Advocacy: Amplifying Our Voices to Bring Change
The ARC: resource creation for supporting student activists

2020 Exchange:
Coffee as a Catalyst for Change: Across Borders, Across Disciplines
Supporting 1st Generation College Students
Want to talk? Methods to prepare students for connective conversations in divisive times


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.