Georgian changemaker college designation renewed, only college in Canada

Ashoka U renewed Georgian’s designation for four more years, solidifying our position as the first and only changemaker college in Canada.

The designation from Ashoka U, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, sets Georgian apart as a leader in creating positive change in the communities we serve and producing graduates with the innovative skills and creative mindset needed to use their education for social good.

This is the leading designation for social innovation in higher education and it’s an honour for Georgian to remain the first – and only – college in Canada to have achieved it. I’m immensely proud of our students and employees for leading the way as innovative thinkers and compassionate citizens dedicated to making a positive difference both in our region and on a global scale. We remain committed as a college to tackling wicked social, environmental and economic challenges as well as responding to the urgent call for action from the United Nations to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Together, with our partners, I’m confident we can create healthier, stronger, more inclusive and sustainable communities.

– Kevin Weaver, President and CEO

Changemaking is infused into all areas at Georgian — from award-winning curriculum development and innovative research to student learning experiences both in and outside the classroom.

Our students and employees are driven to make a difference in the world, and we’re here to champion and support them. Georgian is immersed in changemaking at every level. We’re also excited to inspire more colleges to pursue the changemaking designation so we can grow a Canadian network of changemakers and share what we’ve learned so far on this journey.

– Suzie Addison-Toor, Vice President, Student Success, and Georgian Change Champion
Four women changemakers and leaders at Georgian college
Megan Fenton, Director, Student Success, and Change Leader; Tracy-Mitchell Ashley, Faculty Developer, Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Change Leader; Suzie Addison-Toor, Vice President, Student Success, and Change Champion; and Nicole Norris, Director, Social Innovation, and Change Leader

Reasons why we were redesignated a changemaker college

To name just a few:

Three people - a young female and a young male standing with an older female in a room with a large computer screen behind them.

The designation falls under Ashoka U’s Changemaker Campus program, which recognizes more than 40 colleges and universities globally that have embedded social innovation and changemaking into their culture, programming and operations.

Change Leader Nicole Norris, Director, Social Innovation, is proud to represent Canada on Ashoka’s Network Advisory Committee.

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