University of San Diego Change Leaders
We believe universities can do good …
That’s why Ashoka U promotes robust,
interdisciplinary approaches to teaching,
research, and action in social innovation that
advance the positive social and
environmental impact of colleges and
Simply put: Education that matters.
• Identifies and empowers entrepreneurial
change leaders in higher education
• Supports the transformation of colleges
and universities into Changemaker
• Catalyzes and measures colleges and
universities’ contributions to positive
social and environmental impact
So that: A world-changing university experience
becomes the new normal.
Launched in 2008, Changemaker Campus is
a designation offered by Ashoka to leading
colleges and universities in social innovation.
The purpose of the Changemaker Campus designation is
to honor colleges and universities that have embedded
social innovation as a core value and showcase the ways
in which they have built supportive environments for
changemaking across the entire institution – from
admissions through the curriculum, career services, all
the way to community and alumni engagement.
What is Changemaker Campus?
Who are the Changemaker Campuses?
Arizona State University
Brigham Young University
College of the Atlantic
George Mason University
Portland State University
Tec de Monterrey – Guadalajara
The New School
University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Maryland – College Par
University of San Diego
Imagine a world where…
Prospective students choose Changemaker Campuses because they are known as the place for those
who want to make a difference.
Students see social entrepreneurship as a viable future career option and consistently seek out
opportunities to create positive social and environmental impact as an employee or entrepreneur.
Pressing social and environmental problems are solved through the knowledge and actions of Changemaker
Campuses and their graduates.
Highly competitive faculty, administrators, and staff seek to join Changemaker Campuses because of their
commitment to leverage resources for societal and environmental good.
Alumni remain committed to, and inspired by Changemaker Campuses because of their leadership in
addressing society’s most intractable challenges.
Innovative employers focus their recruiting efforts on Changemaker Campuses, knowing the caliber of
problem-solvers and social innovators who emerge.
Leading social entrepreneurs seek to partner with Changemaker Campuses, because they see them as
highly strategic partners in solving the world’s problems together.
We are creating this world together.
Institutional Case Studies
Innovation as economic and social imperative
“The most entrepreneurial businesses are
interdisciplinary; they communicate between
marketing, finance, operations and other
departments. College of the Atlantic expands this
entrepreneurial spirit by tearing down the walls
between traditionally siloed disciplines to spark
innovation and to solve problems from multiple
of Green and
Students at COA receive only one degree, that of Human Ecology, which
studies the relationship between human beings and their physical and social
environments through a distinctive interdisciplinary approach.
Natural fit with a non-traditional institutional structure
What it looks like
• Venture "hatchery”
provides eligible students
space and time to develop
their capstone projects into
for- or non-profits.
• Students selected receive
office space, business
mentors, and other support
services to launch
• Ventures are eligible for
seed funding of up to
• Supports the transition
from graduating student to
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Compelled by the historical moment …
“Really, we had no choice,” President Scott
Cowen writes. “The fates of the university
and the city were one and the same.” In the
wake of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University
summoned the courage to rethink the role of
the university; not just its role in rebuilding
New Orleans, but also the responsibilities of
the university as an enduring driver of
positive social change.
Due in no small part to Tulane’s remarkable efforts after Katrina, social innovators today
are transforming New Orleans into an environment for equity, sustainability and visionary
By investing in the future of New Orleans, Tulane seeks to inspire the next generation of
leaders to develop and invest in creative and cutting-edge solutions.
… and the needs of the local community.
• Endowed chair in social entrepreneurship and civic
• Five rotating professorships in social entrepreneurship
• Four Urban Innovation Fellows, using Tulane as an
incubator for local social entrepreneurs
What it looks like at Tulane…
• Ashoka Fellow employed as
• Internship placement for students
• Leverage Tulane’s partnership
with the Latin American School of
Medicine in Cuba to provide a
linkage with U.S. community
based medicine practicum
• Projects and collaborations in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Honduras, Haiti
• Increase partnerships with local HBCUs
What it looks like at Tulane…
A passion for entrepreneurship of all kinds…
“You are about
to learn why
p is the most
powerful force in
the world for
social value and
- President Len
Why partner with Ashoka?
Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social
entrepreneurs – men and woman with systems changing solutions for the
world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected
nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing
them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global
network of peers in 70 countries. With our global community, we develop
innovative models for collaboration and design new architecture for social
Leveraging our insights from working with this network of innovators,
Ashoka is in the unique position to share both examples of systems-
changing solutions and experience nurturing social entrepreneurs with the
academic sector. Ashoka’s unparalleled network and field knowledge of
social entrepreneurship provides the ideal platform for a thriving
community of social innovators with a new vision for higher education to
For more information, please contact:
Changemaker Campus Director
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