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

11 Dec

CaSIS Cultural Emotions: Creating Cultural Change

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

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:

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!