University of St. Thomas Changemaker Campus

St. Thomas seeks to become the school of choice for undergraduate and graduate students desiring to develop the knowledge, skills, dispositions, experience, and relationships to make change for the common good. By empowering all members of the university community to be changemakers, we are fulfilling our mission to educate “students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good”. We are building upon our long history of Catholic social teaching and service to create an educational environment in which all can collaborate to create a more equitable and sustainable world. Our urban setting, rich in optimism and passion for progressive action but hindered by one of the country’s widest opportunity gaps, provides an ideal proving ground for the power of changemaking in higher education. We are using the language and concepts of changemaking to help our campus members develop and apply their empathy and understanding to form vibrant partnerships for addressing social challenges. We are focusing on action, where curricular and co-curricular programs work with communities to bring about positive change both locally and globally. More broadly, we are providing leadership in higher education by illustrating how social innovation can draw from and contribute to our commitments to diverse interdisciplinary collaborations, interfaith dialogue, mindfulness, meaningful work, and the blending of inclusion programs with leadership training. These efforts are providing reciprocal benefits, enriching the educational experience for our students while simultaneously advancing the common good.

University of St. Thomas Thought Leadership


2021 Exchange:
Local to Global Impact: Project-Based Learning Connecting Students to Industry

2020 Exchange:
Community-Based Action Research as a Change Strategy: Considering Equity, Power & Impact
Hands in the Crisis, Eyes to the Future ​
Teaching with Under-Told Stories: Bringing Changemakers to Your Campus​
Creating Leaders for Sustainable Systems through University-Community Partnerships​
Universities, Innovation & the making of “Human Super-Heroes?​
Everyone a Changemaker: Empowering Changemaking Through Organizational Culture Change ​
Local Partners, Global Bridges: Maximizing Community-University Collaborations to Advance Changemaking ​
How Athletics Can Advance Changemaking ​
Ethics & Changemaking: Aligning Technology with the Greater Good ​
The transformative potential to integrate urban agriculture & social innovation to advance student learning & community well-being
One University – One Breath: Changemaking through Mindfulness ​
Meet the Editors
Interfaith Engagement & Changemaking in Higher Education

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.