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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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)
31 Aug

Political exclusion patterns: who gets ignored?

How can cities fight political inequality and push toward an equal voice for all their residents? The everyday grind of politics elevates some voices and leaves others behind, but there often aren’t ways to trace who is being ignored. So I developed a set of tools to measure, critique, and ultimately change exclusion patterns in city politics.

Talking with neighbors in West Oakland and the insightful students of the Bay Area Urban Debate League back in the day revealed a potential trap: when asked where they would go with a problem in their city, most people said they would go to a city council meeting – but every expert I talked to said that those meetings were the last place an everyday person should go to have their voice heard.

It wasn’t hard to find people who had attempted to engage their council and left feeling disappointed, shot down, or ignored – and I had a hunch that this experience was widely shared. So I put together a research project to trace patterns in political exclusion in the city councils of Oakland and Berkeley – who gets listened to and who goes ignored – and developed a toolkit for anyone who wants to trace exclusion patterns in their own cities.

The context: National political inequality

From all the think pieces debating the role of the working class in the 2016 presidential elections, it would be easy to get the idea that low-income people are highly engaged and empowered in American politics. On average this is far from true. Class-based political inequality is still real, with census data showing that the voting gap is big as ever:

Starting into the research, my hunch was that everyday political institutions like city councils contribute to this political inequality by giving less attention, affirmation, and applause to non-elites. In diverse liberal cities like these, it’s hard to find open prejudice by race or gender by a public official, so they are perfect places to study implicit bias – and the first step in fighting implicit bias is bringing invisible patterns to light.

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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:

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