Here at SSU, we believe you can change the world. That’s what the student leaders who attended our leadership conference weekend from Saturday, September 14th to Sunday, September 15th learned. One of the major ways of getting involved in society today, even as a student, is social change. Getting involved in the major social issues of our day such as LGBTQ rights, the wage gap, or immigration can give you experience to use after you graduate.
Assisting with social change doesn’t have to be this grandiose, difficult process. Your addition can be as small or as big as you want, as long as it’s something that makes you happy. The conference’s keynote speaker Johnny Cupcakes emphasized doing what you love, and being happy. If social change makes you happy, go for it. If walking dogs is what makes you happy, go walk some pooches. Whatever it is, do more of what makes you happy as Johnny Cupcakes says.
I know what you’re thinking: making a difference isn’t as easy as it sounds. What exactly should I do? Do I make changes on a big or small scale? What’s the first step? What you want to do is up to you and your passions. Multiple universities and scholars have constructed a guide using “the 7 c’s” to help people conduct social change.
- Consciousness of self
Be aware and knowledgeable of the values you are advocating for, and know how you feel about them yourself.
Be consistent with your values, thoughts, words, and actions.
Me committed to your mission. Be motivated and passionate, and it will eventually rub off on others!
Working togethers empowers others. When the public sees a group of empowered individuals, they will feel empowered too! There’s power in numbers
- Common Purpose
A common purpose strongly bands people together. Being in a group will enable the members to analyze the issue and take steps toward change.
- Controversy with Civility
Recognizes two fundamental realities of any creative group effort: that differences in viewpoint are inevitable, and that such difference must be aired openly but with civility.
The individual and the collaborative group become responsibly connected to the community and the society through the leadership experience.
If you’re aware, committed, and part of a group, you can change the world!