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Changemaker Institute (CI) Ventures 2021

Changemaker Institute (CI) Ventures 2021

Each year, a select group of graduate students in Taylor’s social venture accelerator, the Changemaker Institute, work tirelessly on Mondays, in the evenings and on weekends to propel their idea for social change into a viable and sustainable social enterprise.

Participants in the 6-month program deepen their understanding of the social issue their venture tackles, gain social entrepreneurship and business development skills, and work as a cohort to iterate their idea and build a sustainable business model.  CI participants are either working to create their own social impact venture (such as a non-profit, program, student-run organization, or business) OR are focused on building a new and innovative capacity within an existing organization.

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Pass Dat Joy provides art wellness toolkits to alleviate stress and empower families around the world to use arts to improve their health and happiness.

Shaymaa Abdalal (Public Health, PhD candidate)

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Operanauts uses opera music as a tool to help communities that are traumatized by violence and poverty across the Congo to heal and grow through empathy and community building.

Vidhatri Raturi (Neuroscience Studies, MS)

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Viva la Musica uses music as a common language to focus on the needs and wellbeing of Spanish speaking immigrants in New Orleans.

Darianna Videaux Capitel & Abby Bernhard (Latin American Studies, MA)

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Women in Global South draws an intersectionality lens to women’s leadership, voice, and agency in low- and middle-income countries and promotes womens’ participation in leadership and decision-making roles in the workforce and beyond.

Mehr Manzoor (Global Health Management and Policy, PhD Candidate)

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Atlantic Archives Lab provides grassroots groups in Brazil with community archives, training, mentorship, and connections to a global network of independent archives and tourism networks.

Sedrick Miles (African Diaspora Studies, PhD candidate)

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The Child Labor Eradication Program (CLEP) is dedicated to eradicating child labor exploitation in Pakistan by empowering children with financial support, education , mentorship, and career building opportunities.

Tahmeena Fnu (Public Health, MS)

Interested in learning more about the Changemaker Institute and supporting our budding social entrepreneurs?

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE for the Final Showcase event on Thursday, 4/8, from 5:30-7:00 PM CT.


To learn more, visit the Changemaker Institute page or email Julia Lang, at

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