Change U: Enroll in the Revolution

Change U 2015/2016 is a free social justice program designed to connect GVSU faculty, staff and students with members of the community around issues of social justice. 

October 101: Understanding and Practicing Intersectionality

Participants will develop a clear understanding of the meaning and importance of intersectionality following the analysis put forth by Angela Davis: “Our identity should be based upon politics rather than our politics being fully based on our identity.” Additionally, participants will envision what practicing Intersectionality might look like.

Date: Thursday, October 8th
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center


October Advanced: Understanding and Resisting US Imperialism

Participants will develop an understanding of imperialism, both in definition and in practice. The group will examine concrete examples of how the US has practiced imperialism through military and economic means as well as through entities such as the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Historically, the time period from 1898 to the present will be covered. 

Date: Thursday, October 29th
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center


November 101: Learning from US Social Movements

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the rich history of US social movements beginning with the Abolitionist movement up to the present. Tactics and strategies used by these movements will be presented and discussed with an additional examination of similar historical social movements in Grand Rapids. Participants will be able to identify these movements and their role in challenging systems of power, resisting systems of oppression and creating new possibilities for collective liberation.

Date: Wednesday, November 11th
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center


November Advanced: Organizing for Systemic Change

In this workshop, participants will be provided with important pillars for community organizing that challenge systems of oppression and create opportunities for collective liberation. Participants will explore the importance of relationships in organizing work, learn how to build power from below by practicing pre-figurative politics and building solidarity, and develop an understanding of how and when to use direct action to create systemic change. 

Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center