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 StarsAssociated 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 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:

   

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:


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.

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: