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Ashoka U changemaker college

Canada’s only changemaker college

Georgian is the first college in Canada designated a changemaker college by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. The designation falls under the 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.

Think you can change the world? We do too.

At Georgian, we believe small acts can lead to big change. Grassroots efforts can turn into large-scale movements. Ideas can spark innovations that make our communities and planet greener, healthier, safer, stronger and more inclusive.

Changemaking is part of Georgian’s DNA – we’re known for it – and it’s one of the reasons why we’re the only college in Canada designated a changemaker college by Ashoka U. This is the leading designation for social innovation in higher education. Our students, faculty, staff and partners are proof that with drive, inspiration and support, anyone can make a positive difference.

Social innovation skills focus on developing empathy, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving and prepare students to add value in the world, regardless of whether they innovate within existing organizations or start their own organization.

– Marina Kim, Co-founder and Executive Director of Ashoka U

Information for students

Georgian offers many opportunities for you to become a changemaker. In and out of the classroom, meet like-minded people who care about improving our communities – one project, one idea, one conversation at a time.

Engage with Georgian’s changemaking hubs

Add something extra to your resumé


We’d love to hear what you get up to. Share your stories on social media using the hashtags #ExperienceGeorgian, #changemakerGC and #MillionsofChangemakers.

Group of students in #iseeyou t-shirts; Georgian changemakers posing on first floor of Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre

Take a changemaking course

All Georgian courses include an entrepreneurial or social entrepreneurial outcome and an experiential learning component. You’ll be empowered to put your skills to the test on real-world assignments and projects that have a meaningful impact.

Two students stand beside a display they created of their changemaking project

We also offer changemaking courses you can take any time. For example:

  • GNED1000 – Environmental Concerns
  • GNED1002 – The Social Impact of Technology
  • GNED1010 – Ojibway Language and Culture 1
  • GNED1011 – Developing Leadership
  • GNED1030 – Same-Sex Issues
  • GNED1041 – Ethics and Issues
  • GNED1043 – Exploring Culture
  • GNED1056 – Entrepreneurial Explorations
  • GNED1071 – Indigenous Peoples of Canada
  • GNED1073 – Inventions That Changed/World
  • GNED1074 – Social Change/Entrepreneurship
  • GNED2032 – Human Rights
  • GNED2057 – Contemporary Social Issues
  • GNED2070 – Globalization
  • GNED2071 – Nonprofits in Action
  • GNED2072 – Ecological Citizenship

Become a partner

Together, we can make a difference. Georgian students and faculty can help you find solutions to issues that impact the community, your business or organization.

Collaborate with us to build mutually beneficial partnerships and empower our students to use their education, skills and talents for social good.

Three female changemaking students standing in front of a display of their changemaking project NOURISH

Why partner with Georgian?

  • You want to change the world!
  • Connect with expert faculty and highly motivated students from a wide range of programs who can offer a fresh perspective.
  • You can finally get to that project you’ve been too under-resourced to take on. Let’s tackle it together!

How to get involved

Changemaking in action

  • A young East Indnian male with dark hair wearing a black jacket and shirt standing outside

    #ChangeTheNow experience helped Neh Thakkar bridge cultural diversities

    When Neh Thakkar, a second-year Computer Programming and Analysis student, wasn’t able to secure a summer co-op until halfway through…

  • A smiling female with long blonde hair standing outside leaning against a wooden fence. She's wearing a black and white striped dress.

    Georgian receives $360,000 in NSERC funding to develop future changemakers

    Georgian College in partnership with the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and Ashoka Canada is poised to help create…

  • Person stares with wide eyes and open mouth at a monster sculpture they're holding in their hands.

    People of Georgian: Graphic designer creates movie monster magic

    Meet Adam Dagenais, Community Animator for Georgian’s Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation, and a Georgian alumnus from the Art and Design Fundamentals program.

  • Interior Decorating students design concepts for Redwood Furniture Bank

    Local non-profit receives tools for growth from Georgian students

    The winter 2020 semester presented its fair share of trials and uncertainty. That didn’t stop Georgian students from not only…

  • A female with long dark straight hair wearing a blue shirt

    Tune into this Canada-wide web event on resiliency: April 9

    Everyone is invited to participate in an engaging discussion on personal and professional resiliency in a free web event on…

  • Two male students dressed in grey, teal and white #iseeyou movement t-shirts stand by pop-up banners at an event that explain their work

    21 student-led social isolation projects to be turned into online repository

    Today, we’re more connected than ever through technology but a group of Georgian students in the Community Impact Lab at…

  • Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Day flyer; see as .pdf

    9 reasons why you should come to RISE at the Barrie Campus April 10

    Georgian is hosting the fourth annual Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship (RISE) Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday,…

  • Male staff member listens to student talking at an event; wearing a suit

    "Luckiest dude" at Georgian a changemaker ally just a click away

    Meet Quentin Evans. Unofficially, his job title is “luckiest dude” since he says he has one of the coolest and…

  • A group of men and women wearing lanyards

    Georgian College the first in Canada designated a changemaker college by Ashoka U

    Ashoka U – the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs – recognized Georgian College as the first changemaker college in…

  • Erin sits beside an office workbench in an office chair taking notes while talking to a fellow male changemaker.

    Erin works with changemakers in Child and Youth Care

      Erin explains how learning in social entrepreneurship helps her gain experience tackling major social issues and creating positive influences in…

Want to learn more about changemaking at Georgian?

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Georgian’s Change Team is comprised of an interdisciplinary, caring and talented group of faculty, staff, students and community members.

For more information, please contact us.

Suzie Addison-Toor, Change Leader
Director, Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation
705.728.1968, ext. 139
Email Suzie