Social Change Semester

The Social Change Semester brings Carnegie Mellon students from Pittsburgh to Qatar and India. Our goal: to create a sustainable model of service-based global education. The semester begins in Doha, Qatar, where we collaborate with migrant workers from South Asia. While teaching these workers English, we learn from them about Qatar, South Asia, and the inequalities of travel. We learn to recognize the privilege of studying abroad in a world in which many travel out of necessity.

From Qatar, we fly to rural central India, where we live at Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram in Sevagram, Maharashtra. We work with a rural development organization, the Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, to carry forward Gandhi’s legacy. By directly engaging in the many challenges and opportunities facing Qatar and India, we learn with our partners how to mobilize social innovation in pursuit of social justice. Together, we leverage CMU’s resources to advance the work of our community partners in Qatar and India.

If you would like to know more about the Social Change Semester, please contact me at or read stories from our last semester.