Ashoka recognizes Claremont McKenna College as leader in social innovation education

Sunday April 26, 2015 by Carolyn

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is well known for educating future leaders in economics, business and government. Its alumni include founders of mega-financial institutions, accomplished corporate CEOs, and prominent political figures. It is less well known that CMC is also among the top institutions in the United States in social innovation education. 

CMC's Kravis Leadership Institute and Roberts Environmental Center--established by Wall Street luminaries, philanthropists, CMC alumni (and cousins) Henry Kravis and George Roberts--have helped to forge the socially entrepreneurial path of the college. They have been joined by other alumni, the college's board of trustees, administrators, faculty and staff in their efforts to prepare students to solve the world's most pressing problems.

In recognition of CMC's demonstrated commitment to social innovation education, Ashoka U, an initiative of Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs, has designated the college a "Changemaker" campus. Only 30 colleges and universities in the United States have earned this distinction after a rigorous review process.

So, if you, your children, grandchild or friend want to attend an outstanding college with a demonstrated commitment to social innovation education, take a close look at CMC. And it's just 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the charming town of Claremont.

P.S. Ten years ago, Henry Kravis and his wife, Marie-Josée, established the Kravis Prize, which recognizes and celebrates bold and visionary leadership in the nonprofit sector internationally. Since the inception of the Prize, over 700 million individuals have benefited from the services provided by award recipients. And as a bonus, many CMC students have had the privilege of interning with and learning from the recipient organizations.