About Change U

Change U is a semester-long, two-level social justice training series. The mission of Change U is to provide participants with the necessary analysis and skills to participate in transformational change that moves beyond individual activism to collective liberation. Change U is designed to strengthen social justice movements on and off campus by fostering cross-issue, intergenerational, and diverse partnerships between the GVSU community and social justice efforts throughout the area.

Through the lens of history, Change U examines how change has come about through grassroots, collective movements. Further, this training equips participants with a framework for viewing social justice issues. The focus of Change U is to examine social issues with a more systemic view moving beyond individual acts of discrimination (racism, sexism, homophobia) to understanding the larger systems of oppression (white supremacy and patriarchy) that keep injustices in place.

Participants leave with the knowledge of how oppression works, how justice issues intersect, and how change is created. Grand Valley State University students, faculty, staff as well as community members are invited to participate in this free social justice training series. 

Change U is a free, two-part social justice training series open to Grand Valley State University students, faculty, staff, and community members. 

Change U 1.0 participants will examine past justice movements, develop a shared critique of systems of power, and learn how change is created.

Change U 2.0 participants will learn concrete skills and strategies they can use to create change in their local communities. 

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