University of California San Diego Changemaker Campus

At the University of California, San Diego, we constantly push boundaries and challenge expectations.  Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities in the world and the top public university in the nation for positive impact (Washington Monthly, 2016), we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth, and make our world a better place. Changemaking is what we do.  We are changemakers; we make changemakers.

Our core values say a lot about how we go about changemaking.  We are student-centered, research-focused, and service-oriented.  We believe in: interdisciplinary collaboration that leads to new discoveries that advance and enrich society; diversity, equity, and inclusion; a bold entrepreneurial spirit; and striving for excellence in all our endeavors.  A commitment to sustainability, integrity, and ethics guides everything we do.

When it comes to changemaking, we have a rich history of groundbreaking programs, and we have ambitious plans for the future.  We aim to advance our changemaking culture and amplify the impact of individual programs through an integrated network of campus changemaker champions.  This network will steward, support, grow, and coordinate our changemaking efforts across our six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools.  This model will allow us to leverage valuable expertise and experience, enhance cross-campus collaboration and partnerships, strengthen existing initiatives and catalyze innovation, and continue to develop our robust campus ecosystem for changemaking.  In concert with the Changemaker Campus community, we are committed to leading, by example as well as influence, efforts to harness higher education as a force for positive social change.


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.