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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 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. 

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.