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Changemaker Challenge



What is the Changemaker Challenge?

The Changemaker Challenge is a campus-wide call for interdisciplinary student teams, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, to propose a solution to this year’s CofC Sustains/Solves theme:

Social Justice and Fair Distribution

Individual participants or teams will bring a social justice problem (or choose one from a list of important social justice issues), do some research about the problem, and then design an innovative solution to it.

This challenge will require participants to think about big picture, systems-level solutions, so teams of students from different disciplines will have an advantage!

The SLI Implementation Committee and SLI Fellows will choose winning solutions, and winners will share up to $5,000 towards presenting their proposed solution at an academic sustainability-themed conference.

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Have a social justice issue you’re passionate about?

Now, EVERYONE has some thoughts about social justice

Here’s a chance to develop and promote a solution!

If you don’t have one issue in mind—you just want to help make a difference in people’s lives--not to worry! We’ll have detailed problems on which you can work.

The social justice and fair distribution theme is getting people talking—and that’s what it’s supposed to do! What kinds of social justice problems do we have here on campus? In Charleston? In SC or your home state? In the South? In the US? In the world?

At the CofC’s Sustainability Literacy Institute, our goals include preparing students to solve 21st century problems—the big ones that it’s hard to get your head around, like injustice and unfairness in our social, economic and environmental systems. The Changemaker’s Challenge is an important part of doing that!


To be a competitor in the Changemaker Challenge, you should grab some friends and enter your chosen problem and idea for a solution for a chance to win up to $5000, great portfolio pieces, great networking opportunites…and the chance to DO SOMETHING about a problem you can’t actually wipe off the face of the earth alone.


What social justice and fair distribution problem do you want people to start talking about?

If you want to shine a spotlight on a social justice issue that worries you or you just want a way to make a positive difference in the world, participate in this year’s Changemaker Challenge!

1. Bring your problem (or get an idea from us) and research and write a 1-2 page handout about a social justice problem you would like to participants to work on in the challenge.

2. Attend (optional) workshops offered at various times throughout the fall 2018 semester for help developing ideas for solutions. 

3. Present your problem/solution in April 2019 as a poster and a 3-minute pitch to compete for prize money!

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As we plan our second annual Changemaker Challenge, we are looking for a wide array of input to ensure that we cover all the important angles of social justice.

If you would rather not be a part of the whole competition, you can participate in this important initiative just by researching and submitting a 1-2 page handout detailing a social justice problem for someone else to work on.

To submit a social justice problem, use the template provided here
Create a detailed description (handout) of your most concerning social justice issue or problem. This will take some research, but making change isn’t easy.
If you have an idea and don't know how to take the next step forward, check out
SLI Resources page or contact our Innovation Fellow, Dave Hansen.



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