About Change U

Change U is a social justice program offered through the Milton E. Ford 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 the following:

  • 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 in order to provide insight and inspiration on how to organize 
  • concrete organizing skills for the purpose of movement building and collective liberation

Change U consists of mutual and applied teaching and learning facilitated through large group presentation, small group discussion, skill building/sharing, group brainstorming, and the development of strategies and tactics to resist systemic injustice. This social justice program  uses a relational organizing model, which promotes community building and learning from the lived experiences of all who participate. Valuing our deep ties to the community, Change U is free and available to GVSU students, faculty and staff, as well as community members from West Michigan. We seek to develop a critical analysis in order to envision the kind of world we want to live in, to practice that vision in how we organize, and to struggle together for collective liberation.