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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 of five schools 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. January is Changemaker Awareness month leading into our Changemaker Innovation Challenge.

Changemaker Awareness Month

At Laurier we have a long history of attracting and inspiring students who see their education as a springboard to something greater – the opportunity to make a positive change in the world around them. Every January we are focusing on spreading awareness of changemaking to inspire everyone to see how they can be changemakers in their own way.

Upcoming Events

Be inspired to find what you are passionate about and how you can make a difference. Register for one or more informative and inspiring events:

Where Change is Needed and How Changemakers are Making a Difference

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 14
  • Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Bricker Academic Building, BA102

Learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Canada’s progress towards them, and hear how Ashoka Fellows are making a difference. Be ready to be inspired!

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 Social Shift Documentary

  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 17
  • Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Location: Lazaridis Hall 3094

Learn how business and solutions to social problems intersect and be inspired by businesses that focus on more than the revenue but also make efforts to better their community and environment.

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How Student and Alumni Changemakers are Inspiring Lives

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 21
  • Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Location: Frank C. Peters Building, P110A/B

Learn what current student and alumni changemakers are doing. Learn how everyone can be a changemaker!

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Build your Changemaker Innovation Challenge Team

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23
  • Time: 6–7 p.m.
  • Location: Schlegel Centre, Lazaridis Hall 

Meet other students looking to join the Changemaker innovation Challenge, finalize your team for CIC, and ask the Schlegel team any questions you might have. Get ready to change the world!

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Meet and be Inspired by Ashoka Fellows

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23
  • Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Arts 1E1

Hear from two amazing Ashoka Fellows and learn how they make systems change and inspire others to do the same.

You won't want to miss the inspiring stories of;

Stephen "Buddha" Leafloor, Ashoka Fellow, Internationally recognized in the field of social work, celebrated dancer and founder of Blueprint for Life.

Mike Morris, our very own Laurier Ashoka Fellow, founder of Sustainable Waterloo Region and Green Economy Canada.

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Be inspired to find what you are passionate about and how you can make a difference. Register for one or more informative and inspiring events:

Social Shift Documentary

  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 24
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: SCJ 127

Learn how business and solutions to social problems intersect and be inspired by businesses that focus on more than the revenue but also make efforts to better their community and environment.

Register

 Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship Tour and Talk

  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 31
  • Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kayanase (PO Box 820, 993 Highway 54)

Learn about the similarities between Indigenous student culture and social entrepreneurship. After touring the Kayanase's Longhouse, we will have a circle discussion with an Indigenous entrepreneur and a non-Indigenous social entrepreneur.

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Changemaker Innovation Challenge

Are you up for a challenge? Start on your journey to be a changemaker by getting involved in Laurier’s annual Changemaker Innovation Challenge.

This year’s challenge will give 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.

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. Two great resources to get you started are:

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 in June at Oxford University in England. 

Workshops

To prepare to successfully compete in the challenge there will be a series of weekly workshops addressing all the competition requirements. Register in advance to participate in the following workshops:

System Mapping and Primary Research Techniques

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 30
  • Time: 5:30–6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Schlegel Building, SB106

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Problem Mapping

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
  • Time: 5:30–6:50 p.m.
  • Location: P110A/P110B

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Solution Mapping

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13
  • Time: 5:30–6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Schlegel Building, SB106

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Impact Gap Analysis

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 28
  • Time: 5:30–6:50 p.m.
  • Location: SB106

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Storytelling Techniques

  • Date: Wednesday, March 13
  • Time: 5:30–6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Schlegel Building, SB106

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Effective Presentations

  • Date: Wednesday, March 20
  • Time: 5:30–6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Paul Martin Centre (PMC)

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System Mapping and Primary Research Techniques

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 29
  • Time: 5:30-6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Market Darling Centre MDC103 

Problem Mapping

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
  • Time: 5:30-6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Market Darling Centre MDC103

Solution Mapping

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb 12
  • Time: 5:30-6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Market Darling Centre MDC103

 Impact Gap Analysis

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 28
  • Time: 5:30-6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Market Darling Centre MDC103

Storytelling Techniques

  • Date: Thursday, March 14
  • Time: 5:30-6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Market Darling Centre MDC103

Effective Presentations

  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Time: 5:30-6:50 p.m.
  • Location: Market Darling Centre MDC103