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 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.

18 Nov

Social Change / Rooted Innovator Lab – New Course Spring 2019

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

05 Aug

Solution Bank: Culture & Emotion

A few models for engagement with culture and emotion – useful for courses but also as a start for grappling with the question of how to intervene in culture:

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

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:

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