Change your campus. Change the world.
Launched in 2008, Ashoka U offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.
FIU is Miami’s first and only public research university. We define our institution as a solutions center in the knowledge that our stakeholders have a unique opportunity to lead positive change and address 21st century challenges faced by our local and global communities.
As the country’s largest majority-minority Carnegie Highest Research Activity institution, FIU brings unique assets to the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship education. Our 54,000+ students live at the frontlines of society’s most pressing challenges, from health care and income disparities to climate change and immigration. The movement to empower FIU’s diverse students, faculty, staff, and alumni as global social innovators reflects the institution’s core values, mission, and strategy. FIU was founded on the promise of engaged research and teaching.
The Academy Of Leaders (AOL), FIU’s premier structured leadership development program for FIU students, involves educational seminars, experiential exercises, and practical applications. Students participate in intensive training sessions that build self-awareness, group development, and conflict resolution skills. AOL also utilizes the Leadership Challenge model which incorporates five practices of exemplary leadership: Modeling the Way, Inspiring a Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Enabling Others to Act, and Encouraging the Heart.
The Global Social Change and Civic Engagement student impact investment board is supported by the Center for Leadership and Service and the Office of Global Learning Initiatives. Student-led service projects and social ventures address issues such as public policing, education disparities, environmental degradation, economic inequality, and community beautification. Funded proposals may receive grants up to $1,000.