Change U: Enroll in the Revolution

Change U 2015 is a free social justice program comprised of four stand-alone but inter-connected "Activist Assemblies" designed to connect GVSU faculty, staff and students with members of the community around issues of social justice. 

Confronting Structural Violence : Our Fight is Against a White Supremacist, Militaristic, Capitalist, Cis-Heterosexist Patriarchy

"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." - MLK


The Revolution will not be Funded: Countering the Power of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex in Grand Rapids

"So, essentially, foundations provide a cover for white supremacy. Reminiscent of Rockefeller's strategy, people of color deserve individual relief but people of color organized to end white supremacy become a menace to society." - Andrea Smith


Queering the LGBT Rights Movement: Critically Engaging the Politics of Inclusion

"The institutionalization of lesbian and gay rights that started in the 1980s and produced a model of leadership based on educational privilege and a model of change centering elite strategies and law reform facilitated the abandonment of social justice struggles that concern the most vulnerable queer and trans people in favor of the advancement of narrow campaigns to include the most privileged queers in dominant institutions." - Dean Spade


System Change Not Climate Change: Practicing Collective Climate Justice

"Climate justice includes a focus on the root causes of climate change and making the systemic changes that are therefore required,a commitment to address the disproportionate burden of the climate crisis on the poor and marginalized, a demand for participatory democracy in changing these systems which require dismantling the fossil fuel corporate power structure, and a commitment to reparations and thus a fair distribution of the world’s wealth." - Peaceful Uprisings