On February 11, CaSIG will be hosting our very first MEET THE FOUNDER event on campus with Jobelle Gacuya of HMNTY. This is a great opportunity for all students to network, ask questions, learn about business and social innovation. Please take advantage – there will be food of course 😋. Space is limited so please RSVP here.
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
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
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 #makeadifference. 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:
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. Students will develop
- Application for funding – students work together with local nonprofits to identify and co-design initiatives. Then they research funders and write compelling proposals to get them funded.
- GIS Story Map – As part of a larger grant students will create story maps with ArcGIS that combine geospatial data, community narratives, and a call to action to help partners tell their story.
Here’s the word from the gram: