10 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 Cal State LA Social Impact Career Connector builds 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 that plan to attend:

After School All Stars

Associated Students, Inc – ASI

Bixel Exchange

Cal State LA Alumni Association

California Conference for Equality & Justice

California Council of Economic Education

Casa De La Familia (DART)

CHIRLA-Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Civic and Social Innovation Group (CaSIG)

East LA Community Corporation

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

HaloLoop

Home Field Advantage

Homies Unidos

Journey House

LA’s BEST

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Operation Jumpstart

Project Angel Food

SAJE – Strategic Action for a Just Economy

State Of California Department of Rehabilitation

U.S. Anti-Human Trafficking Office (Dept of Labor)

02 Oct

Civic and Social Innovation Group @ Cal State LA

CaSIG is a coalition of CSULA faculty, students, staff, and community partners who steward students in making positive social change with purpose and creativity. Founded in 2017 by professors Marla A. Parker and Dmitri Seals, the Group now engages dozens of community partners and reaches over 200 students per semester across a wide variety of disciplines.

The Summit events have been amazing – check out their amazing plans for change here – but they’re just the beginning. The Rooted Innovator Lab 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 make a difference. The Social Impact Career Connector gives students the opportunity to connect with up and running organizations that #dogood. Stay tuned on social media, much more to come from CaSIG:

   

17 Aug

Summer Summit on Cultural Change

Wednesday, August 7 saw the first-ever Innovation Summit on Cultural Change at Cal State LA’s Downtown Campus, focused on the question of how to create cultural change on topics from immigration to higher education inclusion. Each team advanced a series of strategies for change engaging individual needs, achieving institutional reform, and going viral to create broader cultural movements.

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

22 May

Social Change & Community Data:
GIS Tech, Research, Advocacy

This spring, 14 community organizations partnered with students at Cal State LA in a course called Social Change. These partners put in heroic efforts, grappling with theory and history to understand the factors driving change, using GIS tech to map problems and resources to fuel meaningful interventions, co-designing an initiative, and even writing funding proposals to help bring their ideas to life.

Their work was deep and broad, so there are many ways to explore it:

This is a milestone moment for students in the Civic and Social Innovation Group (CaSIG), part of the work of building a bridge between the passion and talents of Cal State LA students and the organizations working to address the root causes of problems facing Los Angeles communities.

Several of the students in this course will continue as SEED Scholar interns over the summer – check back soon for updates on the community-driven research and advocacy of the amazing graduates of this course. Click through the Story Maps below:


17 May

CaSIS Summit on Cultural Change

Friday marked the Innovation Summit on Cultural Change at Cal State LA, focused on the question of how to create cultural change on topics from immigration to higher education inclusion. Each team 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.

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