Find periodic summaries of the activities of Marlboro's Ashoka Changemaker Team here.

Funded by a generous grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

March 2018 Update

In February, Marlboro College hosted an Ashoka Changemaker Team for a three-day visit of our campus. The team was made up of Sarah-Marie Hopf (Director of Ashoka U Campus Partnerships) and Luzette Jaimes (Director of Learning and Development at Ashoka), both based in Washington, D.C., and Jay Friedlander (Professor of Sustainable Business from College of the Atlantic). Learn more in Travis Hellstrom's blog entry titled Ashoka Changemaker Team Visits Marlboro College.

February 2017 Update

Marlboro Joins Ashoka’s Spring 2017 Cohort

In January 2017 Marlboro was officially invited to join three other schools to complete the Ashoka application process. The Change Leaders (Travis Hellstrom, Kate Trzaskos, and Seth Harter) are working with colleagues from HEC Montreal, Indiana State University, and North Central College to complete the rigorous application. The group will be refining Marlboro’s social innovation programming and learning from peers at other Ashoka campuses. We hope to receive the Changemaker Campus designation in Summer 2017.

Marlboro Visits Ashoka Campus, Brown University

On December 14, 2016 five representatives from Marlboro College visited Brown University, a long time Ashoka Changemaker Campus. A highlight from the trip was hearing from four Brown students who gushed about the social innovation opportunities that Brown offers. We also spoke with several faculty and staff from Brown who helped us understand how they incorporated Ashoka values into the liberal arts curriculum.

Social Innovation Opportunities for Students 

Marlboro’ Ashoka Team is promoting two social innovation opportunities for students. The Newman Civic Fellowship supports students who are committed to solving community challenges. The Fellowship provides a year-long in person and online training experience to help students develop leadership skills. Please nominate yourself or others in this form:

Another great opportunity for incoming sophomores and juniors is the Oxfam Change Leader Program. The program provides leadership and advocacy training to prepare university students to promote social change locally and globally. The program includes a fully funded week-long trip to Boston! Start your application here.  

Upcoming Ashoka Events

Marlboro Cohort at the Ashoka Exchange in Miami Florida (March 2-4): Kevin Quigley, Seth Harter, Helen Pinch, and Kara Hamilton will be representing Marlboro College at the Ashoka Exchange hosted by Miami Dade College. The Exchange is an opportunity for schools from all over the world to come together and discuss social innovation on campus. The Marlboro group will be leading a workshop on Marlboro’s Town Meeting. The group will report on their experience at the upcoming Changemaker Day.

Changemaker Day at Marlboro College (March 31): Join the Beautiful Minds Winners and Marlboro’s Ashoka Team for a day of social innovation on the hill. Details coming soon!

Changemaker Week at Marlboro College (July 9-15): Summer Intensive as part of Marlboro College’s Pre-College Program. This program is for high school seniors who have an unquenchable curiosity that inspires them to create, innovate, lead, and discover. The future needs you! Join us for a week focused on positive change. Learn from professionals, take classes with experts, and get the skills to make an impact. 

Visit for more details.



Marlboro is becoming an Ashoka Changemaker Campus! Ashoka is a global organization that promotes positive change by supporting people and organizations doing cutting edge social innovation work. Since 2008, Ashoka has offered the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation to colleges and universities. We have put together a Change Team to lead project which includes students, faculty and staff from both campuses. Team members include: Travis Hellstrom, Kate Jellema, Seth Harter, Kate Trzaskos, Kelsa Summer, Helen Pinch, Kate Ratcliff, Roberto Lugo, Hillary Orsini, and Jennifer Girouard.

We are also putting together an advisor group which so far includes Solomon Botwick-Ries, Luis Rosa, Richard Glejzer, and Kevin Quigley. We’re excited to share this Fall Update with you including a summary of the key meetings and steps that took place since June 2016!


We got our Ashoka conversations off to a great start by attending the Middlebury College Social Entrepreneurship Forum in June. The focus on mindfulness and inclusivity gave us a lot of great ideas to bring back to Marlboro.


The Change Leaders ( Kate Jellema, Kate Trzaskos, Seth Harter, and Travis Hellstrom) have been meeting weekly since the beginning of June to keep the process moving forward. We’ve had some special guests in our meetings including Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley. The Change Leaders have engaged individually with members of the Change Team and are working on building a group of Change Advisors from a diverse stakeholder pool. The Change Leader group has also been organizing several trips to Changemaker campuses.


We had a very successful half-day retreat on Sept. 12th attended by 8 Change Team Members (Helen, Kelsa, Kate J, Seth, Kate T, Travis, Kate R, Hillary) and 2 Advisors (President Kevin and CAO Richard). We brainstormed dozens of places that social innovation is already happening on our campuses and focused in on some areas for growth.


We had a wonderful discussion at Town Meeting on Sept. 14th. Change Team members present included Kelsa, Seth, Kate T, Helen as well as Change Advisors Solomon, Richard and Kevin. We asked the community to discuss where at Marlboro the Ashoka values are already present and what opportunities we have to practicing them even more. Residency Tea We had a great Ashoka Tea at the graduate school residency weekend on Sept. 16th. Change Team members present included Kelsa, Hillary and Travis with over 10 guests present as well including students, faculty and staff from all programs. Guests were eager to hear about the benefits to Marlboro of becoming a Changemaker campus and they embraced the idea of bringing to two campuses closer together around social innovation.


Our enthusiastic Change Team completed the Change Team survey in October and we are looking forward to continuing to work on the 360 campus scan with Ashoka in the coming months.


We have completed a visit to Ashoka Changemaker Campus College of the Atlantic and we are looking forward to trips to the College of Social Innovation (November 4th, Massachusetts) and Brown University (December 14th, Rhode Island). If you would like to be part of the visits to COA or Brown, please email Kelsa Summer to learn more.