Creating Social Change at KU + Beyond


Thank you for engaging with our content about creating social change at KU and beyond! On this page, you will find links and details for information shared in our video, as well as additional resources that might be helpful in navigating KU this fall.  

Social Change Wheel 

The Social Change Wheel is a tool used to demonstrate the various ways individuals can contribute to creating social change in their communities. 

Learn more about the Social Change Wheel 2.0

Watch our video about the Social Change Wheel

Title: Ways to Work Toward Social Change. The image showcases various social change activities, campus based strategies in the shap eof a wheel. Each strategy is explained at length on this webpage.
Social Change Wheel 2.0 by Iowa + Minnesota Campus Compact is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Pathways to Service 

The Pathways to Service model, similar to the Social Change Wheel, describes the variety of ways people can use their knowledge, skills, and talents to improve their communities. 

Learn more about our Pathways to Service model

Watch our video about the Pathways to Service

Pathways to Service: six icons that each describe a different pathway to service. Volunteer (hand with a heart in the palm), Mentor + Educator (open book), Advocate (bullhorn), Policy Shaper (building with pillars), Researcher (magnifying class), Social Innovator (lightbulb)

Involvement Opportunities + Resources by Social Change Strategy

Click through the various social change strategies to learn more about the opportunities on and off campus to get involved in that strategy. 

Definition: Acting on one’s values and civic commitments in one’s personal and professional life (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

On and Off-Campus Organizations: 

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Definition: Exchanging and evaluating different ideas and approaches around particular issues in a public setting. Learning about the experiences and stories of others by listening fully and actively (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

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Definition: Bringing people together to act collectively in their shared interest or toward a common goal (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

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Definition: Supporting an idea or cause through public and private communications, and collecting evidence to support one’s position (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

On and Off-Campus Organizations: 

University Offices and Academic Departments: 

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Definition: Strengthening the capacity of local residents and associations to work together by supporting opportunities for interpersonal connection (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

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Definition: Social innovation focuses on fairer and more sustainable solutions to social problems. Social enterprises are organizations using market-based solutions to address social problems (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

On and Off-Campus Organizations: 

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Definition: Donating money to increase the well-being of humankind, advance another social good, or support non-profit or community organizations (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

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Definition: Acting to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in sustainable ways (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

On and Off-Campus Organizations: 

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Definition: Expressing public, visible disagreement with a situation or policy, often in a large group setting (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

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Definition: Mobilizing others to participate in and influence public policy through formal political channels – and participating yourself (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

watch our spotlight on voting and formal political activities

On and Off-Campus Organizations: 

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Definition: Bringing people together to act collectively in their shared interest or toward a common goal (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

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Definition: Addressing immediate needs by providing assistance, often through churches, schools, social service agencies, and nonprofits (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, Social Change Wheel 2.0 Toolkit). 

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Acknowledgements: 

Thank you to Victoria Celli and Logan Stenseng for assisting the KU Center for Service Learning in gathering these student stories and resources.  

Thank you to the students that shared their stories: Vaughn Gessley, Emily Depew, Amanda Nguyen, Aroog Khaliq, Ashley Wojciechowski, Nathan Do, Kim Vu, Yasmin Edrees, Victoria Celli, Logan Stenseng, Jacob LeMeunier, Sayan Grover, and Shalom Lee.

Social Change Wheel 2.0 by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.  

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