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A learning lab, testing ground, space for celebrating innovation, and spark for the collaboration of 700 of educators, students, and other higher education professionals from across the world.

Featuring Working Across Differences, a 4-session track co-hosted by Fetzer and Ashoka:

Colleges and universities are increasingly becoming lightning rods for the most polarizing issues in society. And as hotbeds of these topics, it is critical not to shy away from better understanding how, as changemakers, we can be better stewards and teachers of civil discourse. Join this 4-session Track that will guide us on the journey we can and must all take to bridge divides and work across our differences for a more loving society.

  • Session 1 – Your Story of Self – Understanding Yourself to Engage with Others : Mary Ellen Giess, Senior Director of Co-Curricular Partnerships at the Interfaith Youth Core
  • Session 2 – Opening to Others Narratives – Building Trust Through Deep Listening : Steve Miller, Ashoka Fellow and Founder of HBCU Tuth & Reconciliation Oral History Project
  • Session 3 – Story of Me, Story of We, Story of Now – Case Studies from Community Connectors : Imran Khan, Ashoka Fellow and Founder & CEO at Embarc; J. Cody Nielsen, Founder & Executive Director at Convergence; Casey Woods, Ashoka Fellow and Executive at Arms With Ethics 
  • Lunch Conversation – Listen and Learn: Emily Lamb, Exchange Associate Director at Ashoka U and J. Cody Nielsen Founder & Exective Director at Convergence
  • Session 4 – Closing Keynote – The Importance of Better Arguments : Eric Liu, Founder & CEO; Executive Director at Citizen University; Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Program


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Ashoka U advocates for all colleges and universities to embrace changemaking, both as an educational framework and as a strategy for institutional change.



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