Want to be a changemaker?

At the Center for Social Impact, you'll find the opportunities, resources and support you need to become the change you wish to see in the world. The Center serves as a hub of opportunities to help you explore, experience and influence the issues and causes that you care about most. North Central College is one of less than 50 colleges and universities globally to receive the designation of a "Changemaker Campus" by Ashoka U, the higher education initiative of Ashoka – the world’s largest community of social entrepreneurs and changemakers.  

Pathways to Social Impact

Explore all the ways you can make a difference through one or more of our five Pathways to Social Impact. Each pathway provides unique learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, immersion experiences, student organization activities, leadership opportunities and even funding sources.

Signature Events

Students and faculty posing on stage at the Changemaker Challenge.

Changemaker Challenge

A social venture pitch competition where students can win seed funding and mentoring to launch a business, non-profit or project.

Davonte Sanders-Funches presents at TEDx.


Alumni, students and faculty share "ideas worth spreading" at this unique, licensed event designed to foster learning, innnovation and wonder.

Student Organizations

A band of students performs at The Union.

The Union

An off-campus, student-run venue for social change.

Students holding a sign saying, "This is a peaceful protest."

Students for Social Innovation

A student coalition for activism, advocacy, and problem-solving.

Students mixing concrete during a BreakAway trip.


Local, national and international student-led alternative break trips.

Students on a city block in Chicago.

Cardinals in Action

Community service and volunteering with local partner organizations.

First Year Programs

Students hiking through a desert.

Cardinal Camps

Pre-orientation adventures for first-year students, including the Social Innovation camp in Chicago and the Leadership Challenge camp in the North Woods.

Students preparing for a mountain-climbing trip.


Workshops, retreats and mentoring for first-year students.

Meet the Staff

Thomas Cavenagh, JD

Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Values; Director of Leadership, Ethics and Values; Co-Director of the Center for Social Impact; and Professor of Business Law and Conflict Resolution
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5157
Kamelotte Gregory

Associate Director, LEV and CSI Programs
Academic Affairs
+1 630 637 5886
Julie Nagashima

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethical Leadership; Coordinator of Character Education Certificate Program
Leadership, Ethics & Values