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Changemaker Challenge



What is the Changemaker Challenge?

The Changemaker Challenge mirrors an international effort to educate individuals and groups of people in hopes of equipping them with the skills and knowledge to holistically understand an issue that they’re passionate about solving.

The Changemaker Challenge, as it pertains to College of Charleston is a campus-wide call for students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, to
1. Demonstrate understanding of an Social Justice and Fair Distribution problem on a systemic level and/or
2. Create a sustainable solution to a Social Justice and Fair Distribution problem.

Each part of the challenge, problem and solution, will be a separate competition and will have a pool of $2500 in prize money ($5000 total). Students can enter either part of the competition – or compete in both parts.

What are the Changemaker Workshops and how do they correspond to the Changemaker Challenge?

The Changemaker Workshops are an amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Hansen, our Innovation Fellow, to hone in on the issue and/or solution that you are passionate about for the Challenge. He will provide you with skills, tools, and input on how to improve your chances at winning!

The Changemaker Challenge is the final event where you, the student(s), come together to 1. Present your problem understanding, via the Impact Gap Canvas and/or 2. Pitch a solution to a problem in front of a panel of judges.


What do you need to do to participate?

1. Research a Food Security problem you would like to work on for the challenge. 

2. Register for and attend a workshop offered at various times throughout the spring 2019 semester for help developing your understanding of the problem, by starting work on the Impact Gaps Canvas. 

3. Bring your laptop to the workshop - you'll need it!

Click here for a preview of a Changemaker Workshop.

Day of Service

How does this benefit me?

By participating in the Changemaker Challenge, you will be able to create well developed portfolio pieces to provide to future employers, network with members in the community who can help you formulate a plan to address your chosen issue, and a chance to do something about an issue that may affect your local, regional, or even national or international community.

You can be a change agent and we can provide you with the skills and knowledge to make an impactful difference!

Plus, you have the chance to win up to $5,000!!