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Changemaker Stories: Brian Forrester
Changemaker Stories: Brian Forrester


Psychology major and honors student Brian Forrester recognized that he was not alone in his struggle to pass his math class, so he created an online tool to help students organize study groups and succeed with the support of their peers. What began as a basic directory of classmates is now a fully developed social media platform to help students from any corner of the globe find study buddies, organize study groups, and succeed in school. It's called Buddy Up.

Portland State University is part of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus consortium, a select group of institutions of higher education that demonstrate commitment and cutting edge approaches to galvanizing solutions to major human and environmental challenges. Ashoka believes in an "Everyone a Changemaker" world. So does Portland State.

On his path to becoming a changemaker at PSU, Brian has been involved with: the Urban Honors program, Student Ambassadors, McNair Scholars program, Student Leaders for Service, and Campus Recreation Advisory Board

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