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!

17 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 first-ever Cal State LA Social Impact Career Connector helps to build 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 aiming to attend:

A Place Called Home (APCH)
CARECEN LA – Cental American Resource Center
Casa De La Familia
CHIRLA- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
CollegeSpring
Community Coalition
East LA Women’s Center
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
HaloLoop
Homeboy Industries
LA’s BEST
Los Angeles Homeless Services (LAHSA)
Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS)
TELACU – The East LA Community Union
UNITE HERE Local 11
Youth Justice Coalition
Youth Policy Institute (YPI)
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

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