08 Feb

Announcing the 2019 Social Innovation Prize

The Civic and Social Innovation Group (CaSIG) at Cal State LA is excited to announce the first Social Innovation Prize with final competition April 10, 2019.

This is a campus-wide event being held Innovation Week that celebrates the innovative minds and compassion of students wanting to make the world a better place and provides a chance to win prize money, mentors, and connections to help turn ideas into real change. 

FIRST PLACE: $2,000
SECOND PLACE: $1,000
THIRD PLACE: $500

See the Social Innovation Prize main site for more details.

17 Jan

Solution Bank: Race/Class/Gender

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

Want to add, edit, or critique? Always welcome – contact us here.

17 Dec

CaSIS Inequality Summit: Mobility, Opportunity, Power

On Friday, December 14, a group of Cal State LA students advocated original and provocative strategies to address inequality rooted in months of research. Their plans analyzed gentrification, education equity, and immigration at the local level in the context of national and global forces. In front of an audience of campus and community leaders, their strategies started with small, practical steps and articulated plans to impact macro inequality.

Their proposals drew on months of study including original qualitative and quantitative research on top of scholarly readings. These scholars completed midterms, final exams, and then wove the insights and concepts from their research into practical proposals for change, showing that scholarly learning and applied advocacy are not zero sum.

Thanks to all the community and campus partners who showed up to support these proposals for change – and most of all to the students who worked so hard to bring their ideas to light. All their work is below:

Summit Presentations: Inequality

11 Dec

CaSIS Cultural Emotions: Creating Cultural Change

Monday marked the Innovation Summit for the Cultural Emotions course, 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