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How St. Thomas is a Changemaker Institution

At the University of St. Thomas, we have a long tradition of working for the Common Good as it relates to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Distinguishing changemaking from service allows us to augment those efforts and balance that history of service with an explciit focus of our energy and resources on developing solutions that change the systems that create inequities and injustices that we address with service. Ashoka U's "Four Levels of Impact" framework helps us see how efforts at all levels are necessary and how we are poised at St. Thomas to help solve problems that plague our neighbors across town and around the globe.

What Are the Different Ways I Can Practice Changemaking?

The Center for the Common Good has identified four different levels of changemaking in which anyone can participate. Personal, local, national, and global changemaking are all important components of shaping change in our world, and we celebrate all changemaking efforts on campus and in our community, be they reducing waste, practicing anti-racism, or advocating for legislation.