Educating Changemakers for Global Impact


How do we prepare tomorrow's global change makers? Research shows that project-based learning and other high-impact practices elevate students' ability to communicate, think critically, and perform on a team to co-create solutions to local/global challenges. Our collective responsibility is to find new ways to guide learners to turn their ideas into action, which means moving beyond the traditional to drive sustainable curricular and cultural reform that better serves our students and the world.

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  1. Explore ways that high-impact practices are working across higher ed, from a premier STEM university to a small private school to community colleges.
  2. Learn strategies that empower faculty and staff to embrace their roles in shaping students to be global change makers.
  3. Understand the roadblocks to driving sustainable and systemic change inside institutions and strategies to move beyond them.


  • Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Gita Bangera, Founding Dean, Research, Innovation, Service and Experiential (RISE) Learning Institute, Bellevue College
  • Gundolf Graml, Associate Vice President/Dean for Curriculum & Strategic Initiatives, SUMMIT Global Learning and Leadership Development, Agnes Scott College
  • Sandra LaFleur, Director, Changemaking Education and Social Innovation, Miami Dade College


Maureen Deiana, Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President Marketing Communications, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

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