Learn to be a Changemaker

The Institute supports three main realms of changemaker learning:

1. For-credit, undergraduate learning for aspiring changemakers
2. Learning opportunities for people already working in the community
3. Bridging academic learning with community action

Program Options

Minor in Social Innovation & Nonprofit Studies: A six-course program of study open to ANY student in any degree-track program at MRU interested in community innovation and social change.

Minor in Social Innovation & Nonprofit Studies – Co-op Work Term: A three term co-op program available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration. Work term positions may be anywhere in Canada or abroad.

Concentration in Managing for Social Innovation (Expected 2016): We are working with the Bissett School of Business to create a nine-course concentration available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration – General Management program. This will be a pathway for those who are intentionally working toward management roles within community-focused or socially-purposed organizations.

Pathways in Community Leadership (Expected 2016):  We are working with the Students Association of MRU (SAMRU) to promote a series of program paths in community leadership for students in any degree-track program, matched to their specific learning needs within that program.  

Community Prosperity Student Research Award (On Hold): The Community Prosperity Student Research Award provides a collaborative research experience for up to ten Mount Royal University students annually in any degree-track program. Learn more about this program.


Global Challenge

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. The Skoll Global Challenge, convened by the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, tasks university students and recent graduates to learn more about the social and environmental issues they care about, and to present their findings to the world. The Challenge focuses on students understanding a problem and its wider context, or ‘ecosystem’. Challenge participants are asked to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change.

Applications are open until December 20, 2016. 

To apply, visit: www.oxfordglobalchallenge.com/how-to-apply-canada 

Additional credit option for Challenge participants: Students also have the option to register for a Senior Directed Reading for the Winter 2017 semester as an adjunct to the challenge. SINV 3010 Mapping The Problem: Thinking Systemically About Social and Environmental Change.

The Senior Level Directed Reading course (SINV 3010) is available to any MRU student registered for the Skoll Global Challenge. The course is intended to be an academic adjunct and support to the Challenge, and would serve to help undergraduate students explore their topic at greater depth. Most of the other competing student teams, in Canada and globally, will be at a graduate (Masters or PhD) level, so – while this Directed Readings course is not a requirement for Challenge participants – it is meant to help support them to add depth and rigour of analysis, and to develop their ideas independent of the Challenge (only one winning team will move on to the national phase, but we expect others to enroll in the course). For more information on either the Senior Level Directed Reading - SINV 3010 or the Global Challenge, please contact icp@mtroyal.ca



Vivacity brings together students from across Calgary's post-secondary institutions to innovate, co-create and implement solutions to local challenges, making our city more vibrant, livable and sustainable.

In November, students from MRU, University of Calgary, Bow Valley College, SAIT, Ambrose University and the University of Lethbridge will come together to help tackle a real and pressing issue in our city: The current economic downturn and subsequent job loss in the oil and gas sector has led to an emptying out of downtown office space in Calgary. By the end of 2016, there will be millions of square feet of empty office space in the downtown core. Lack of employment opportunities are causing young people to look elsewhere to start their careers.

Vivacity has partnered with Calgary Economic Development (CED) and Aspen Properties to provide students with an opportunity to help answer two important questions: How do we retain our city’s young and upcoming talent? and, How can we re-imagine our downtown core and creatively repurpose vacant office buildings?

Vivacity launches on November 18 & 19 with a 24 Hour Challenge Event where students will come together in mixed teams to design and develop ideas for vacant office space in the downtown core. Mentors and judges from across the community will advise, support and guide the students towards design success. In January, the project continues with a Civic Innovation course that will lead students through a process of testing, prototyping and implementing their projects.

For more information, please visit: www.vivacityyyc.com