Center for Community Engagement

San Luis Obispo: Students “Change the Status Quo”

San Luis Obispo

“Change the Status Quo” is a social justice conference with a ten-year history at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The conference was created by students and continues to be organized and hosted by student leaders. The conference includes a keynote address by a leading social activist followed by a selection of more than 25 workshops on various social justice issues. Workshop topics range from environmental issues, to homelessness, fair trade, sexual assault, mental health, and sexuality, and are presented by students, faculty, staff, and community partners. As many as 350 students from Cal Poly and other college campuses attend annually and while the impact on the participants is profound, the conference is also an incredible opportunity for the students organizing the event to gain leadership and organizational skills.

“It was so empowering to plan Change the Status Quo. I learned the importance of having strong leaders -- those who can inspire and lead people in the positive direction. It also taught me how to handle unexpected obstacles in a professional matter. The broad topics covered at the conference reignited my passion to learn and made me want to take on every social/political cause.”
— Brittany Frost, Environmental Engineering student

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Cal Maritime
Cal Maritime

California Maritime Academy's Martin Luther King National Day of Service took place in spring of 2013. While helping to restore part of Vallejo's local history, students interacted with community members, established a strong camaraderie with each other and were inspired to continue the work they were doing until projects were completed several months later.

CSU Chico
CSU Chico

Nineteen CSU Chico participants arrived in Lafayette, Louisiana, to begin work for Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) Alternative Spring Break (ASB), in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Their ingenuity and hard work pay off, as volunteers build homes for economically disadvantaged families.

CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU Dominguez Hills

In April 2013, CSU Dominguez Hills hosted the 3rd annual Pow Wow honoring Native American victims of crime and violence. Pow wows are a critical component of American Indian society; the arenas serve both social and spiritual functions, bringing people together to celebrate, dance, pray and honor Native American tradition and culture.

CSU East Bay
CSU East Bay

CSU East Bay has taken a new approach in introducing first-year students to the first few weeks of college. Through an intentional one-day community service experience, students explore and give back to the community through Freshman Day of Service.

CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay

The Service Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay supports students at their community placements through an AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP). This year's VIPs have coordinated more than 4,700 volunteers who have served nearly 109,000 Monterey County residents through more than 46,000 hours of service.

Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University

Shadow Day is an annual event at Sonoma State where students enrolled in University 222 serve as mentors for juniors from Roseland University Prep (RUP). The purpose of this event is to prepare RUP juniors for college, whether it is at Sonoma State or another university.