Marlboro College designated as a Changemaker Campus

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MARLBORO — Marlboro College has been designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

"Marlboro is pleased to be recognized among colleges and universities as an inspirational learning community and leader in social innovation," said Kevin Quigley, Marlboro president. "This recognition is the outcome of a rigorous three-year selection process, and we have looked forward to participating with other institutions in this amazingly innovative network."

The Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Network is a global network of colleges and universities who commit to advancing social innovation and changemaking across their institution and beyond. Students, staff, administrators, faculty, and community partners in the network share inspiration, connections, and a commitment to broaden the reach and impact of social innovation and changemaking around the world.

"Institutions in this network set the bar for social innovation and social change in higher education, in everything from admissions to career services," stated Kate Trzaskos, assistant dean of career education and one of the change leaders who have guided Marlboro through the designation process. "Marlboro is thrilled to be a part of this group, and sharing what we have learned through our innovative curricular design and system of shared, community governance."

Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs and changemakers. The Changemaker Campus Network currently includes approximately 45 colleges and universities from around the world including Brown, UC San Diego, Arizona State University, Miami Dade College, University of Northampton, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, and Tecnol gico de Monterrey - Campus Guadalajara.

"Increasingly, students want to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to contribute to positive societal change throughout their life and careers," said says Marina Kim, executive director of Ashoka U. "Thanks to the leadership of our Changemaker Campuses, we envision a world where millions of students are graduating as changemakers."

According to Ashoka U officials, students need interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solutions-oriented skillsets to succeed in today's complex world that is changing at an accelerating pace. Marlboro's self-designed curriculum and shared governance uniquely prepares students with these kinds of skills, priming them for jobs of the future.

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