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Grace Lee ‘17

Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Designation

Claremont McKenna College was officially designated a Changemaker Campus, the 30th campus to join the Ashoka U network on October 13th.  This was the result of nearly three years of work with Ashoka, the leading global organization supporting and advancing social entrepreneurship and systemic cross-sector social change through citizen involvement.

The initiative was led through KLI; it involved a 360 scan of CMC campus faculty, staff and student engagement in curricular and co-curricular programs and activities related to change making (social change and innovation), and site visits by Ashoka leaders and selection panel members.  ImpACT is student-led along with the pro-impACT group of staff and faculty leading the CMC campus-wide initiative.  While championed by Sarah Smith Orr in the beginning, the initiative is now co-led by Neela Rajendra, KLI’s Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, and Amy Bibbens, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement. For the campus announcement, go here.

International Leadership Association (ILA) 2014 Global Conference


Each year, the International Leadership Association (ILA) hosts the largest international conference devoted to the study and practice of leadership. KLI sponsored a team of five students to attend the leadership conference and compete in the conference’s Student Case Competition. The competition begins several weeks before the start of the ILA conference when student teams are sent the first portion of the case. Teams present their overall strategy for the case in a poster session that is viewed by conference attendees on the first night of the conference.

During the 4-day conference, students attend workshops and panel discussions where leadership practitioners and scholars discuss the latest theoretical models and applied research in leadership. On the final day of the conference, the student case teams make formal case presentations to a panel of judges. The winners are announced during the closing conference session.  The Fall 2014 CMC-KLI student case team was led by Alex Chang ’15, Sumer Kandhari ’15, Erin Larson ’15, Marissa Mirbach ’16, and Cole Mora ’17. The ILA Global Conference took place in in San Diego, CA in late October. KLI staff and faculty also presented at the conference.

President’s Changemaker Fund

The President’s Fund has been revised and re-launched as The President’s Changemaker Fund.  President Chodosh called on Amy Bibbens, Director of Center for Civic Engagement, Devon MacIver, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, Neela Rajendra, Director of KLI Entrepreneurial Initiatives, and Sara Thompson, Director of Leadership Programs to revise the goals and guidelines of the Fund to reflect his goals for student learning.  Changemakers create positive change in communities by developing and promoting innovative ideas in a variety of domains, from neighborhoods and governments, to for-profit and non-profit organizations, to schools, colleges, and universities.  By dedicating their time, talent, and resources, changemakers deepen their understanding of themselves while transforming their environments. Though changemaking is difficult and complex, CMC is embracing this challenge by funding unique, transformative experiences that push its students to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.