The Changemaker Collaborative

The Changemaker Collaborative


The Changemaker Collaborative (formerly known as the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise) brings together students, faculty, staff, businesses, non-profits and government agencies committed to advancing positive change for the good of all. The Collaborative supports the next generation of skilled, courageous and confident leaders, through real-world experiences and the tools of public policy and business, while helping community partners advance their sustainability initiatives.

How does the Changemaker Collaborative achieve this goal? Through a variety of programs and events that serve UNH’s students and alumni, as well as regional businesses, nonprofits, and the community at large. These programs and events include the annual Social Venture Innovation Challenge, the B Impact Clinic, and social innovation internships.

The Carsey School and Paul College founded the Changemaker Collaborative, and in 2019 the UNH Sustainability Institute joined the partnership, a move that reflects the Collaborative’s emphasis on helping students to discover solutions to some of society’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Over the years, many Carsey students have participated in the Changemaker Collaborative's programs. Additionally, we've partnered with the Collaborative to offer educational funding to graduates of the Semester in the City program who pursue a master's degree at Carsey.

   Visit the Changemaker Collaborative website


Changemaker Collaborative/Carsey Students & Alumni

  • Carsey School MCD Student Lindsey Hajduk
    With MCD Student Lindsey Hajduk
    "The MCD Program will give me tools and strategies to create a safe, connected community where everyone has a place to call home."       ~(MCD) Student Lindsey Hajduk — Anchorage, AK
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  • MPP Student Ellie Masson
    With Alum Ellie Masson '22G (MPP)
    "I am excited about learning the different types of fields and careers and having the ability to learn plenty more about criminal justice issues and how we can move towards a more restorative justice system. "       ~(MPP) Alum Ellie Masson '22G — Shelburne, VT
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  • MCD Student Matthew Parker
    With MCD Student Matthew Parker
    "I am pursuing the Masters in Community Development to build out the tools I believe necessary to lead the Union of Minority Neighborhoods and to be an example to my children."       ~(MCD) Student Matthew Parker — Boston, MA
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  • MCD Student Jessica Martin
    With MCD Student Jessica Martin
    "I have a passion for housing issues, regional economic development, supporting under-served populations and transit related issues."       ~(MCD) Student Jessica Martin — Manchester, NH
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  • Sister Marilin Llanes
    With Alum Sister Marilin Llanes '21G (MCD)
    "I'm energized by immersing myself in diverse cultures and realities and seeking inspiring conversations with others that want to make our world a better place to live and co-exist together."       ~(MCD) Student Sister Marilin Llanes — Westchester, IL
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Changemaker Collaborative Academic Programs

Changemaker students walk on the waterfront in boston

Semester in the City

Semester in the City is a fully-credited fellowship program that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a semester learning hands-on through well-supported internships in the social sector. As a fellow in Semester in the City, you will intern with a nonprofit, social mission business, or government agency for 30 hours per week for a full-semester. 

The Carsey School offers a $5,000 education award to Semester in the City graduates who pursue one of our master's degrees. Additionally, any student who has completed the Semester in the City program and is pursuing the Master in Public Policy program is eligible to have his or her internship requirement waived. Visit our partnership webpage to learn more.


The NH Social Innovation Challenge

The NH Social Innovation Challenge (SVIC) invites students (as individuals or in teams of up to 5 members) from across the state to identify pressing social, environmental or economic issues at the state, national or global level, and develop innovative, sustainable, business-oriented ideas to solve them. 

Over the years, many Carsey School alumni and current students have participating in the NH SVIC, among them Master in Public Policy graduate Marisa Rafal '20G and Master in Community Development graduate Hannah MacBride '13G. You can read an article on their success at the 2020 SVIC below.

photo of changemaker fellows

Sustainability Fellowships

Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional undergraduate students and post-baccalaureates from UNH and universities across the United States* with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners to work on transformative sustainability initiatives. Each summer, Fellows undertake challenging sustainability projects that are designed to create an immediate impact, offer an extraordinary learning experience, and foster meaningful collaboration.  While working with their mentors and partner organizations, Fellows are supported by their Fellowship peers as well as an active network of partners, alumni, and the UNH team, as they emerge as the next generation of sustainability leaders. 

*International students who are currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

Changemakers in the News

  • Jessica Forrest (fourth from left) and Hannah MacBride (third from right) with judges from the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge.
    Saturday, November 30, 2019
    Hannah MacBride ’07, ‘13, Marisa Rafal ’19, ‘20G win with toy-sharing themed projects
    The annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) highlights and awards seed money to innovative, socially oriented projects and business plans submitted by full-and part-time students from New Hampshire universities and colleges, current New Hampshire residents and University of New Hampshire alumni based anywhere in the world. Co-hosted by the Carsey School, the Center for...
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