Ashoka U Changemaker Campus
The Ashoka U Changemaker Campus designation is awarded to post-secondary institutions from around the globe that demonstrate campus-wide excellence in changemaking, are transforming higher education through collaboration and thought leadership, and are advancing changemaking in all sectors. “Changemaker Campuses empower students and all university stakeholders to be changemakers, firmly embed changemaking into their culture and operations, and work to address both local and global challenges”1.
There are currently approximately 40 post-secondary institutions across eight countries that are recognized as Changemaker Campuses. Four of these campuses are Canadian: Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Simon Fraser University, and Mount Royal University. Royal Roads University, Georgian College, and HEC Montreal are positioned to join this global network in 2017.
Beyond the clear alignment with MRU’s institutional plans, benefits to achieving the Changemaker Campus designation include2:
- Positioning as a field leader, e.g. the designation ceremony draws more than 650 leaders in changemaking education from 150 institutions across 40 countries;
- Influence in higher education, e.g. working with the Network to redefine the role of higher education as a major driver of social impact;
- Promotion as a thought leader, e.g. writing and speaking opportunities, and promotion at the Ashoka U Exchange;
- Peer learning opportunities, e.g. through change leader retreats, site visits, panels, white papers, etc.; and
- Partnership opportunities, e.g. collaborations with the Ashoka network, which includes over 3,300 Ashoka Fellows working in over 80 countries, unique funding opportunities, and special consideration for Ashoka staff and internship positions.