Social Change Series

Social Change Wheel

In collaboration with campus and community partners, the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) is pleased to continue its series highlighting monthly a different form of civic engagement that contributes to social change. CCEL believes it takes multiple forms of civic engagement working together to advance social change and to address systemic injustice. This series is intended to offer students an opportunity to delve deeper into some of these forms while also obtaining a more holistic picture of the social change wheel (shown here). This page will continue to be updated monthly as related programs are finalized, and students are welcome to participate in as many of the below offerings as they would like. Visit the links below to learn more, and stay tuned to CCEL’s CampusGroups and social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) for additional details.

Definition of Community Service: Giving personal time and energy to address immediate community needs. Examples include virtual volunteering, remote paid or unpaid nonprofit internships, remote project-based work to support a nonprofit, etc. 

Opportunities to engage this month:

Definition of Political Involvement: Participating in processes of government, including keeping informed about issues in order to vote and discuss community issues responsibly.

Opportunities to engage this month:

  • Exercise your right to vote! Visit CCEL’s Elections and Voter Resources page for voting tips, or utilize TurboVote, a simple resource that assists voters from all 50 states with getting materials needed to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, receive election day reminders, and more. Need help? Drop by a CCEL Virtual Voting Q&A Session or visit the CCEL office (Tink #165) for assistance with forms.
    • Note: Ohio’s voter registration deadline is October 5, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot in Ohio is October 31 by Noon.
  • Join CCEL, Vote Everywhere Ambassadors, and the Voting Outreach Team in a Debate Watch Zoom room to view and discuss the Tuesday, September 29 debate together.
  • Hear from panelists working at the intersection of policy, politics, and research on Current Political Issues in Cleveland and How Research Can Help Make a Change on Thursday, October 15 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. EST
  • Watch a free screening of the documentary, Represent, which features three women who ran for public office in the Midwest, and then engage in a post-film discussion on Friday, October 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST with a CWRU alum featured in the film.
  • Explore Careers for the Common Good with CWRU alumni working in public policy and government on Thursday, October 22 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. EST as they share about their career journeys.
  • Better Understand Local Politics on Friday, October 30 from 4:45 to 6 p.m. EST by hearing from CWRU faculty and staff who have held political positions at the local level.

Definition of Philanthropic Giving: Donating funding or needed items; organizing or participating in fundraising events.

Opportunities to engage this month to give of your time, talent, and treasure:

  • Engage in a Zoom lecture on Tuesday, November 10 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. EST by Edgar Villanueva, globally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy and award-winning author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, offering hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors. 
  • Give of your time at one of the many virtual or on-campus, in-person service projects happening as part of CCEL’s Civic Acts of Kindness Week, November 7 to 13.
  • Learn how you can give your talent beyond college by attending the virtual Keys to a Successful Gap Year program on Friday, November 13 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. EST to learn about gap year opportunities to serve, scribe, research, or intern before graduate school or entering the workforce.

Definition of Advocacy: Using various models of persuasion (e.g. petitions, demonstrations, letter writing) to convince decision makers to make choices that will benefit the community. Raising public awareness of social issues.

Opportunities to engage this month:

  • Check back for more events to be listed throughout the school year!

Definition of Participation in Associations: Participating in community organizations that develop social networks and provide a foundation for community-building efforts. Examples: attending block club meetings, serving on a board.

Opportunities to engage this month:

  • Check back for more events to be listed throughout the school year!

Definition of Social Responsibility: Maintaining a sense of responsibility to the welfare of others when making personal or professional decisions. Making lifestyle choices that reflect commitment to socially just priorities and using one’s career to benefit community.

Opportunities to engage this month:

  • Check back for more events to be listed throughout the school year!