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 May

CaSIS Summit on Cultural Change

Friday marked the Innovation Summit on Cultural Change at Cal State LA, 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

15 May

CaSIS Summit on Intersectional Inequality

On Wednesday, May 15, a group of Cal State LA students gathered to advocate strategies to address inequalities of race, class, and gender rooted in months of research. Their plans analyzed gentrification, education equity, prisons, and immigration at the local level in the context of national and global forces. In front of an audience of campus and community leaders, these students charted paths from local, practical interventions to macro change.

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: Race, Class, and Gender

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