Ways to Social Change: Advocate


The theme Advocate will focus on advocacy, formal political activity, and organizing. We wanted to explore ways to use your voice to work towards social change.


Community Conversation featuring Gender Justice | Monday, February 7, 2022 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
This community conversation will feature Erin Maye Quade (she/her), the Advocacy Director at Gender Justice, an organization working to increase gender equity by advocating for economic justice, reproductive freedom, freedom from violence, and trans and LGBTQIA+ liberation through legal channels. Erin Maye Quade, the Gender Justice Advocacy Director & UnRestrict MN Campaign Manager, has dedicated her career to social justice including as a former Minnesota State Representative, and currently works to increase gender equity through public policy. During this event we will explore strategies to advance movements through legal advocacy, discuss how to get involved with public policy, and consider how Gender Justice takes an intersectional, movement based approach to fighting for gender equity. This event is hosted by the Center for Community-Engaged Learning at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Women's Center and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life. 

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Caucus for Climate Training | January 18th, 2022 6:30pm to 8:30pm CT
This training on Tuesday, Jan. 18 will explain how caucuses work and teach you how to best engage in the process and advocate for climate action at the state level. It’s an easy and powerful way to make a difference as we head into the 2022 election!

Fostering an Asset-minded and Inclusive Community | Friday, Jan 28 12:00pm - 1:00pm
In this session, we’ll explore the potential benefits of learning in diverse classrooms, as well as strategies that foster a sense of belonging, and establish community and connections among our globally and linguistically diverse students.

From IGNITE: Legislative Advocacy: Activate Your Activism | Saturday, January 29, 2022 11 am - 1 pm CT
Nobody knows the issues affecting your community as personally as you do. Your lived experience has the power to inspire policy change. Your voice can inform the best decisions concerning your life and society. In this college council, you'll learn how to use your voice and share your perspectives to advocate for state and federal issues that matter the most to you. You'll leave this session with the resources and knowledge to enact change

Public Policy & Advocacy with Michael Dahl HOME Line | Pre-recorded Event
A discussion about public policy and advocacy with Michael Dahl from HOME Line. Learn about advocacy in your community, find ways to get involved, and share your ideas with others. This event has passed but watch the recording!

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Places to volunteer that focus on advocacy:

Opportunities to further your education in advocacy and public policy:

U of M Community-Engaged Learning Courses

  • PA 1401: Public Affairs: Community Organizing Skills for Public Action
  • SW 1501: Introduction to Peace Studies
  • SW 2501W: Introduction to Social Justice 
  • SW 3501: Theories and Practices of Social Change Organizing
  • ENGL 3505: Protest Literature and Community Action
  • ENGL 3506: Social Movements and Community Education
  • SUST 3017: Environmental Justice
  • COMM 3614: Advanced Public Policy and Debate

Anytime Advocacy


Community Partner Conversation - Get to know HOME Line

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Video: "Learning to be an Advocate" - Digital Story by Kate Denney

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Video: "Possibilities" - George Floyd Global Memorial

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