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; and
3. Bridging academic learning with community action.

Program Options:

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

Co-Curricular Options:


Map the System is a competition that asks students and educators to think differently about social and environmental change. The competition challenges participants to thoroughly research a specific social or environmental issue in order to fully comprehend its underlying components. Participants are then expected to compellingly articulate their findings in a way that engages audiences and promotes understanding.

It is for students and recent graduates of any discipline who have an interest in social or environmental issues and who want to learn more about a problem they care about and present their findings to the world . The purpose of the competition is to promote a systems-thinking approach to tackling social/environmental challenges.

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.

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Student Registration Now open!          

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Register your team before January 28, 2019

For more information please contact Latasha at lcalfrobe@mtroyal.ca

Other examples of changemaking at MRU include:
Field Schools

Changemakers are learning through profound experiential opportunities, such as exploring environmental sustainability in Scotland; Indigenous history in what is now southern Alberta; and social, cultural and personal development in India.

Global Citizen Centre

Changemakers are sharing experiences, engaging in dialogue, and creating connections across cultures.

LaunchPad Program

Changemakers are growing as entrepreneurs and launching ventures through curricular and co-curricular programs that provide formal learning, mentorship, funding and access to a thriving community.

Life-Writing Project

Changemakers are improving outcomes related to student learning, as well as to elder care through this nationally-recognized Community Service Learning course.

Medicine Trail Program, Naato'ohsokay

Changemakers are deepening their cultural awareness and understanding through mentorship, connections with Elders and knowledge keepers, and other forms of cultural support.

Social Innovation Extension Certificate

Changemakers who are pursuing social, economic and ecological change locally and globally are returning to MRU to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their networks.

Stepping Up

Changemakers are preventing relationship violence through a research-based program designed and facilitated by students for students.

Sustainability at MRU

Changemakers are creating a sustainable university through energy renewal, conscientious land use, waste reduction, and stewardship of green spaces.