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Rollins College Recognized for Innovative Commitment to Social Change

School is selected to join prestigious Changemaker Campus Consortium promoting social entrepreneurship.

September 06, 2012 - The commitment to advance higher education as a key driver of social change and innovation recently earned Rollins College the coveted Changemaker Campus designation. Selected by Ashoka U, a global leader in social entrepreneurship, Rollins joins 15 colleges and universities previously recognized for developing students’ potential to solve social and environmental problems. Rollins is the first school in Florida to be honored with this designation.

“We are honored by this designation from Ashoka,” said Rollins College President Lewis Duncan. “We embrace social entrepreneurship as an effective problem-solving tool for social change and encourage our students to gain the knowledge, skills and wisdom to address our many societal and environmental challenges.”

Founded in 1981, Ashoka supports a network of almost 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who are addressing social challenges across all sectors in more than 60 countries. Launched in 2008, Ashoka U offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social entrepreneurship with robust interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, research, and action for the benefit of society. The consortium will grow to 30 diverse institutions by 2015 — and will be capped at that number.

“According to our most recent research at Rollins, more than 80 percent of our student body is interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship,” said Chrissy Garton, director of social innovation at Rollins. “Students want to make a living — and also a difference. It is our job to deliver an education that supports this pursuit of productive and meaningful lives and careers.”

As a new Changemaker Campus, Rollins College joins 15 other schools: Arizona State University, Babson College, College of the Atlantic, Cornell University, Duke University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, Marquette University, Middlebury College, Tecnológico de Monterey-Guadalajara Campus, The New School, Tulane University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Maryland, and University of San Diego.

To learn more about the Changemaker Campus initiative, visit ashokau.org/changemakercampus.

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