Mission and Vision
Develops and nurtures students by providing the opportunities and resources to inspire, catalyze and sustain student-driven social change.

Empowers students to apply their education, expertise and passion for positive social progress and life-long civic engagement. Cultivates a culture that tackles local and global challenges through collaboration, innovation and diverse approaches to problem-solving.

Signature Programs
These signature programs support students in their journey to become changemakers by creating communities of support around new solutions/ideas and increasing access to early stage seed funding.

Devils in Disguise
Devils in Disguise is the largest student run day of service at ASU. Occurring each year in March, student organizations participate in this project by hosting volunteering sites for their fellow Sun Devils. Food, transportation, t-shirts and a great time is provided. For more information, email volunteer@asu.edu.

Changemaker Challenge
Changemaker Challenge seeks undergraduate and graduate students from across the university who are dedicated to making a difference in our local and global communities through innovation. Students can win up to $10,000 to make their innovative project, prototype, venture or community partnership ideas happen.

10,000 Solutions
The 10,000 Solutions Project leverages the power of collaborative imagination and innovation to create a solutions bank. As an experimental problem solving platform, the project showcases and collects ideas at scale with local and global impact. The 10,000 Solutions Project aims to see what can be accomplished when passionate people join a collaborative community that builds upon each other’s innovative ideas.

Ignite @ ASU
Ignite @ ASU is a public event for great thinkers and doers to gather, share ideas, connect with others and create change. It features rapid-fire 5 minute presentations that brings ASU students, faculty, staff and community members together to build more connected, vibrant communities.

Changemaker Central was created as a way to facilitate participation by making direct service, service learning, entrepreneurship, and high-impact careers more accessible and inviting to students. We wanted to break down the level of intimidation that discourages certain populations from participating.

Through entrepreneurship and innovation, ASU seeks to assume major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. It was selected as a Changemaker Campus in the Fall of 2010 by Ashoka U. Ashoka U works to strengthen entrepreneurship in higher education by disseminating key knowledge and resources, recognizing innovation, and facilitating collaboration between institutions of higher education, and with social entrepreneur practitioners. The Changemaker Campus Initiative, launched in 2008, focuses on bringing together higher-ed institutions that are moving forward and preparing the next generation of leaders in social change.

In January of 2011, a student steering committee was created to take the ideas from the Initiative, and tailor them to our community at ASU. The committee consisted of thirteen members including graduate and undergraduate students who were involved at various capacities throughout the university. The committee was tasked with creating the mission and vision of Changemaker. These students, from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, also crafted ideas for the daily operations, and even envisioned the growth of Changemaker years ahead. They were fundamental in laying the basic foundation from which we would grow.

“Changemaker Central has surpassed all of my expectations of being a place where students are eager to visit. The whiteboards provide a great collaborative space and right when you walk in the door you feel a positive energy. I can’t wait to see how Changemaker Central continues to grow in all four campuses,” says Regina Duran, a student who served on the committee and now works in the Office of University Initiatives.

In May of 2011 the student steering committee concluded its responsibilities with an invitation to members of the community, future partners, staff and students to a presentation highlighting the work Changemaker Central will be doing. The steering community gave way to a selected student leadership team. These eleven students represent a unique collection of motivated and engaging individuals. Representing all four campuses, they will be tasked with reaching out to students and making sure that Changemaker Central is an accessible, versatile resource hub.

Today, Changemaker Central stands as a student-driven initiative. Not only is the Student Leadership Team able to make decisions about operations, programs, and future responsibilities, but students can also participate through committees and organizations can use the versatile spaces to meet their needs. Changemaker is not defined by one, but by four critical components: direct service, service learning, entrepreneurship, and high impact careers. This highlights the versatility of social change, and how our community is engaged.

In the years ahead, we look forward to continuous change and innovation in the way that we support and engage students.

Change Agents

The role of the Change Agent is to advance the mission and vision and assist in meeting the goals of Changemaker Central. As a change agent, you will be educating and empowering students to become involved in community service, service learning, high-impact careers and entrepreneurship. Change Agents ensure that there is always a friendly face in the Changemaker space to greet students and connect them to resources.

There are a variety of ways you can help spread the word about Changemaker Central. Below are a variety of presentations to help you get more acquainted. We invite you to partner with us, and are happy to present to your club, group, or organization about our work.

  TEDxAshokaU presentation
  In February 2011, Jacqueline Smith delivered a 3 minute pitch about Central at TEDxAshokaU
  (PDF / 3MB)

  Changemaker Central Introductory Info Session Agenda
  Agenda from info session held on May 4, 2011
  (PDF / 1MB)

  Changemaker Central Presentation Slides - 3
  Slides from May 4, 2011 Introduction of Changemaker Central
  (PDF / 8MB)

  Changemaker Central Introduction Presentations - 2
  Second set of presentatiosn from 5/4/11.
  (PDF / 2MB)

  Changemaker Central Introductory Presentations - 1
  First presentation from 5/4/11
  (PDF / 17MB)

  Changemaking Training 1
  Changemaking Training for Staff
  (PDF / 4MB)

  Changemaker Federal Work Study
  Information for FWS partners
  (PPTX / 1MB)