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AshokaU Changemaker Campus

AshokaU Changemaker Campus is the leading designation for social innovation in higher education. Laurier is proud to be one of over 40 colleges and universities globally to be recognized as a Changemaker Campus. We received this designation in 2016 as the second school in Canada to receive the designation. We are committed to our role of empowering students and all university stakeholders to be changemakers, firmly embedding changemaking into our culture and operations, and working to address both local and global challenges.

Read Laurier’s AshokaU profile and learn what makes us a true changemaker campus – embodied in our philosophy of inspiring lives of leadership and purpose. Join the movement and become a changemaker. Watch for our Changemaker Awareness events to learn more about what it means to be a changemaker and how you can get started on your changemaker journey.


How you can be a Changemaker

Are you up for a challenge? Start on your journey to be a changemaker by getting involved in Laurier’s annual Changemaker Innovation Challenge and/or dive right in and join one of Laurier’s Enactus teams (on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses) to build social enterprises and compete with teams on campuses across Canada and around the world. 

The Changemaker Innovation Challenge gives students the opportunity to learn how to be changemakers through involvement in the Map the System global competition where you will be challenged to think about social and environmental change in a wider context. It will help you to see that social change is complex, and that understanding the problem first and mapping out the system to understand these complexities is key to effective changemaking.

Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School and the University of Oxford. Successful students will have an opportunity to represent Canada at the global competition at Oxford University in England. 

You will be required to take a systems-thinking and learning-first approach to practice changemaking by delving deep into an issue you are passionate about to explore, probe and research the issue and build upon existing efforts, identifying gaps that exist and potential opportunities for change.