Being an engaged citizen and leader requires you to know and use the power of your voice to create the world you wish to see. The Center for Social Impact’s Activism and Advocacy Pathway highlights efforts across campus to educate, train, challenge and inspire students to grow as compassionate voices for change, using collaborative and transformational leadership. Click here to get connected with ways to get involved on campus.

Student Organizations

Whether you’re passionate about advocacy and activism already or are interested in learning more about the needs of your community, the following are only a few of the groups available to you.

  • Students for Social Innovation (SSI) is the student congress for social change. SSI organizes speaker events (Meet the Changemakers), builds cross-campus and community coalitions (Action Day) and equips students to take action in their communities (Women’s March, March for Science, Students Demand Action on Gun Violence Rally).
  • Mosaic encourages awareness and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity and social justice.
  • Black Student Association (BSA) encourages a positive image for all students and supports its members in achieving their educational goals.
  • OUTreach works to promote understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
  • Green Scene is dedicated to environmental education through on-campus activities.
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Funding Opportunities

Taking the first step toward being a changemaker and activist sometimes means needing a little (financial) help from your friends. The Center for Social Impact is that friend, and provides access for students to multiple funding sources to help make their ideas a reality.

  • Big Idea Grants can help students answer the question, “What if?” What if I could sit down for coffee with a leading non-profit director to learn about how to launch and run a humanitarian organization? What if I could pay for that webinar or weekend training course to better understand poverty and community development? Big Idea Grants are small amounts of money that can lead to big change.
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Courses to Consider

Many courses at North Central have a community-engaged learning component, giving you the opportunity to learn, serve and reflect in the context of your academic study.

LEV 301 Social Change and Servant Leadership

SOA 375 Protest and Change

COM 214 Group Process

Sankofa Cardinal Conversation Experience

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Making a positive impact with your career starts with having a vision for your vocation. The Center for Social Impact maintains partnerships with leading local and national social enterprises where students can take the next steps in pursuing a life of deep meaning and purpose. In partnership with North Central’s Career Development Office, we connect students to internships with organizations like:

  • DuPage United
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program
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