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Social Impact Programs

Many Mason students and faculty are driven by a desire to change the world for the better. Founders and leaders of successful social impact ventures require the same entrepreneurial mindset as any other business leaders. Furthermore, a successful social impact venture requires a sustainable business model and a lot of hard work.

Ashoka U

Since 2008, George Mason University has been designated a Changemaker Campus by AshokaU, an international network of higher education institutions that create and support innovative solutions to the world’s pressing social problems. Mason reinforced this leadership role with its extensive participation in the 2015 AshokaU Exchange

The Exchange brings together more than 650 university faculty members, staff, administrators, and students, representing 150 institutions. Each comes with the mission of sharing their ideas and stories for incorporating social entrepreneurship within a higher learning environment.

The Changemaker Campus designation is based on Mason's commitment to social innovation education. Mason was one of the first four universities to have been recognized—along with Babson College, Duke University, Tulane University, and Arizona State University.

Honey Bee Initiative

The Fairfax Campus Apiaries were established in 2012 with a Patriot Green Fund grant from Mason’s Office of Sustainability. The Honey Bee Initiative has since expanded to 50 apiaries across Northern Virginia.

German Perilla installing an apiary and planting wildflowers to rehabilitate part of the I-95 landfill

Honey Bee Initiative collaborates with Fairfax County to install an apiary and plant wildflowers to rehabilitate part of the I-95 landfill.