Rollins Renewed as Changemaker Campus

Ashoka U recently renewed Rollins’ designation as a leader in social innovation education.

Mary Conway Dato-On, associate professor of international business and social entrepreneurship, engages Rollins students at the College's Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub. (Photo by Scott Cook) Mary Conway Dato-On, associate professor of international business and social entrepreneurship, engages Rollins students at the College's Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub. (Photo by Scott Cook)

In recognition of Rollins’ burgeoning programming in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement, the College was once again named an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Rollins received the renewed recognition on September 19 and is one of just 37 colleges and universities around the world to earn the Changemaker Campus designation.

"Our relationship with Ashoka U aligns with our mission, values, and drivers for change,” says Mary Conway Dato-on, associate professor of international business and social entrepreneurship and faculty director of Rollins’ Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub. “Our success reflects multiple collaborators across campus and community partners who have made an impact in social innovation and engagement. We are pleased with the renewal and mutual commitment to this important work."

Rollins was first named a Changemaker Campus in 2012 in recognition of the College’s pioneering business culture. Rollins was the first among liberal arts institutions in the South and the first among all colleges in Florida to be designated by Ashoka U.

In the final step of the renewal process, Ashoka U assembled a panel of thought leaders and experts to review the College’s social innovation ecosystem.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

“The panelists were impressed by Rollins’ strong curricular offering in social innovation, robust service-learning component, and the strength of support and excitement from senior leadership in Rollins’ current and future work around social innovation and changemaking,” says Nimesh Ghimire, Ashoka U renewal manager.

Founded in 1980, Ashoka supports a network of more than 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who are addressing social challenges in nearly 90 countries.

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.

Brown, Cornell, Duke, and Johns Hopkins are among the other colleges and universities to receive the Changemaker Campus designation.