24 Apr

Social Movements – National and Local

Below are a few resources to facilitate learning and connecting with social movements – useful for courses but also as a start for practical engagement with inequalities of race, class, and gender. First, several big lists of national & local advocacy organizations:

A few of MANY advocacy organizations working in the Los Angeles area focused on specific race, class, or gender inequalities:

Want to add more or update info? Contact us here.

04 Mar

Social Innovation at Cal State LA: Partner Up!

This semester approximately 200 students from political science, sociology and teacher education are preparing for the second Civic and Social Entrepreneurship Summit (CaSES) to be held in May 2018. They build on the success of the 120 students who shared their ideas for helping communities improve in December (check out the projects here).

To make this semester’s event even better, we’re looking to recruit even more great collaborators to help with coaching, judging, networking and more. Many of our students have the desire and passion to do good and with your guidance and encouragement, they can transform that into a powerful tool for positively and effectively impacting the people and places around them.

If you’re interested in joining this effort, please take 5 minutes to fill out this form.

In partnership,

Marla A. Parker, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Jessica DeShazo, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Dmitri Seals, Lecturer, Sociology
KiMi Wilson, Assistant Professor,Teacher Education

20 Dec

Cal State LA: Redefining Entrepreneurship

CaSES: Civic and Social Entrepreneurship Summit
California State University, Los Angeles
Dec 7-8, 2017

At the first ever CaSES event at Cal State LA, over 100 students presented innovative solutions to wicked problems in their communities. Working with Professor Marla Parker in Political Science and Professor Dmitri Seals in Sociology, students first conducted research in their own communities to explore the connections between course themes and real-life experience. They worked in teams, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data to design solutions and considering the challenges of implementing big ideas for social change.

The final result is a set of presentations that help to define a model of entrepreneurship rooted in responsible research, community accountability, and practical innovation. Thanks to all the partners who made this possible – and particularly to the students who went above and beyond, bringing their classroom learning to life to benefit their communities.

Want to see these great ideas? Click any course below to see their presentations:

For more information, contact Professors Marla Parker or Dmitri Seals.