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:

  • 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 to give treasure in ways that connect, heal, and restore by hearing (virtually) from Edgar Villanueva, bestselling author of Decolonizing Wealth, on Tuesday, November 10 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. EST.
  • Explore ways to 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:

  • On Thursday, February 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. EST, explore how Twelve Literary Arts and members of the Youth Development Council are advocating for the creation of a new "Black Avenue" along Cleveland's East 66th Street.
  • Hear tips on how to advocate for causes you care about in the Advocacy 101 virtual workshop with the Ohio Student Association and CWRU student advocates on Friday, February 19 from 12:40 to 2 p.m. EST.
  • Watch Clevelanders advocate for their civic visions in the annual Cleveland Leadership Center’s Accelerate pitch competition, held virtually this year between February 22-25.
  • Learn from advocates firsthand in a virtual panel discussion on Friday, February 26 from 4:45 to 6 p.m. EST featuring Cleveland changemakers who helped move the Cleveland City Council and County Council of Cuyahoga County to declare racism a public health crisis.

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!