About Change U

Change U is a social justice program offered through the LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley State University. What is unique about Change U is its approach to social justice, in that it looks at:

  • systems of oppression in addition to individual injustices 
  • an intersectional analysis of these systems of oppression
  • the rich history of social justice movements in the U.S. and in Grand Rapids to provide insight and inspiration on how to organize 
  • concrete organizing skills for the purpose of movement building and collective liberation

Change U is a program that is free and available to GVSU students, faculty and staff, as well as community members from West Michigan. The social justice program is free and consists of large group presentation, small group discussion, skill building/sharing, group brainstorming and the development of strategies and tactics to resist systemic injustice.

Change U uses a relational organizing model, which promotes community building and learning from the lived experiences of all those who participate. We want to envision the kind of world we want to live in, practice that vision in how we organize and struggle together for collective liberation.