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!

30 Aug

Civic and Social Innovation Group @ Cal State LA

The new semester has begun and over 200 students are digging in to the hard work of community-based social impact with the Civic and Social Innovation Group. We just launched research projects to learn from our neighbors, colleagues, and families who are facing down issues from racial prejudice to gentrification, from economic opportunity to health care access.

The Civic & Social Entrepreneurship Summits have been amazing, but they’re just the beginning. The Rooted Innovation Incubator will help a cohort of students go beyond the #entrepreneurial phase of ideation. The Social Innovation Prize competition financially supports students with groundbreaking #ideas that can #makeadifference. The Social Impact Career Fair gives students the opportunity to connect with up and running organizations that #dogood. Stay tuned on social media, much more to come from CaSIG:

   

19 Jul

Social Innovation in Political Science: CaSES Spring 2018

This year’s CaSES was a packed week of events bringing together over 200 students, families, local residents, practitioners, and researchers to discuss innovative proposals to advance social justice. The presentations below come from Political Science events where students engaged local government and policy advocacy alongside community-based civic entrepreneurs to address wicked problems in their communities.

Summit Presentations Political Science: Dr. Marla Parker

Summit Presentations Political Science: Dr. Jessica DeShazo

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.