01 Aug

Solution Bank: Class & Inequality

A few models for engagement with inequalities of class – useful for courses but also as a start for grappling with the question of how to make lasting change:

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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

25 May

CaSES Sociology Summit: Research to Action

This year’s CaSES Summit featured the work of over 200 students in 6 courses – a week of innovative student ideas for social change. Thanks to all the professors, visitors, and most of all the students who brought this event to life with their insight, research, creativity, and commitment to social justice.

Each team from Sociology advanced a strategy for change based on qualitative and quantitative research and deep engagement with their own communities; many engaged local leaders in their neighborhoods to design and refine their proposals. They tackled issues including gentrification and neighborhood change, wage gaps, educational inequality, media representations, and more.

This is sociology in action: these ideas were created to be shared, and many students are now working on implementing their proposals. Please read below their original presentations, strategy proposals, and pictures from the event and reach out if you want to help them take their ideas forward.

Summit Presentations: Cultural Emotions

Summit Presentations: Race, Class, and Gender

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.