As student leaders within Northeastern’s social impact ecosystem, Alexandra Fraenkel and Rebecca Darling often recognize the “changemaker” spirit of their fellow students—their desire to help solve social challenges within their community.
But they often ponder the best way to help these nascent humanitarians harness their desire to make meaningful contributions to social change.
Last week, they might have found the answer, when Northeastern was named a “Changemaker Campus” by Ashoka U, joining a global network of universities recognized for outstanding achievement in social innovation education. Only 34 other higher education institutions—including Duke University, Stanford University, Brown, Cornell and the University of Northampton in England—have earned the distinction.
“This will help us gain momentum around the changemaker concept and get students across campus excited about all the possible opportunities this offers,” said Fraenkel, SSH’15. “This is a new start and it is time to celebrate what has led us all here but also encourage each other to try something new.”
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