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Supporting work at the intersection of sociological research and practical intervention

18 Nov

Social Change / Rooted Innovation – New Course Spring 2019

Our very own Professor Dmitri Seals will be launching the Rooted Innovation Lab in the spring of 2019. Exploring the theory and practice of Social Change, this course seeks to create meaningful partnerships with social impact organizations that allow them to leverage the best of our student’s social innovation talents as well as provide students with substantive learning and developmental opportunities. Through collaborating with organizations in solving key problems, students will develop key skills and networks to drive their work as leaders and catalysts for social change after graduation.

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18 Nov

Dec 10-14: Civic & Social Innovation Summit

The Civic and Social Innovation Group (CaSIG) is a group of faculty, staff, and students on CSU-LA’s campus stewarding the next generation of change makers. The Civic and Social Innovation Summit (CaSIS) is our signature event featuring the work of our students who have been working very hard for the entire semester to develop ideas that will make people and places better.

In 6 course sessions from December 10 to 14, at least 100 students working in teams will showcase their ideas in pitch style sessions covering a range of issues including gentrification, recidivism, education, mental health, transparency in public finance, environmental injustice, sexism, racism and more.

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Whether you are a student, faculty, family, or community partner, we would be honored by your presence as students share their innovative ideas for positive social change!

17 Oct

LA Equity Organizations @ the Career Connector

Los Angeles is home to hundreds of organizations working for equity and opportunity. Cal State LA is home to thousands of local students committed to building equity and opportunity in their communities. The first-ever Cal State LA Social Impact Career Connector helps to build bridges between the two.

This is a public event – if you plan to be there, click the link above to RSVP – and click the links below to explore some of the amazing organizations aiming to attend:

A Place Called Home (APCH)
CARECEN LA – Cental American Resource Center
Casa De La Familia
CHIRLA- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
CollegeSpring
Community Coalition
East LA Women’s Center
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
HaloLoop
Homeboy Industries
LA’s BEST
Los Angeles Homeless Services (LAHSA)
Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS)
TELACU – The East LA Community Union
UNITE HERE Local 11
Youth Justice Coalition
Youth Policy Institute (YPI)
06 Oct

Unions, inequality, and wealth: Making visible the value of worker power

With new evidence that the middle class may be vanishing, the role of unions in driving the expansion of the American middle class in the mid-20th century is a hot topic again. Arguments for worker power are rooted in research that shows that unions help families build wealth and secure the wages they need to create opportunities for their children.

Unions have been a partisan issue for decades, but the best statistical models reveal that the relationship is simple: the more people join unions, the more wages rise and the more wage inequality declines. Despite the troubled history of racism in unions, the wage premium for workers is even higher for less-educated workers and workers of color.

How to make the value of unions visible? The Economic Policy Institute put together a strong chart showing how income inequality, but they missed two opportunities: using a secondary axis to normalize scale and tracking wealth inequality. At the top of this post is what the chart looks like tracking income inequality with a secondary axis on the right.

And here’s wealth inequality over the same time period:

The regression studies linked above are a crucial part of the picture, and without them the graphs above wouldn’t have nearly the power that they do. With the backing of statistical models, these charts make visible how important worker power should be to any vision for a more equal world.