For positive social change to occur, our communities rely on all of us engaging in multiple ways, along various pathways. This positive change creates conditions, access, and opportunities for everyone to have enough of what they need to thrive, which in turn creates healthier, more vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities.
The Pathways for Civic Action and Social Change describe a range of possibilities by which we can be civically engaged in our communities and create social change. We need people working within all of these pathways to create change, however one person does not need to be involved with each path - it's all about finding what you're interested in, or have knowledge and expertise in. You can also be involved in as many paths as you would like.
How will you work for a just, fair, and inclusive society?
Click here to see examples of how you can use the Pathways to create social change around specific social issues, with examples of how to get involved here at Drake and in the local Des Moines Community.
The six pathways are:
Community Engaged Learning and Research
Community Engaged Learning and Research: Connecting coursework and academic research to community-identified concerns to enrich knowledge and inform action on social issues.
Take college classes that allow you to connect your field with community issues and see real-world applications of what you are learning (i.e. service learning)
Conduct research to further investigate how your organization can positively impact the community
Review existing publications and research, and learn more about the community issues, priorities, and initiatives that you are passionate about
Participate in a community-engaged internship or research experience
Partner with local agencies to help survey or interview residents for community-based initiatives or services
Community Organizing and Activism
Community Organizing and Activism: Involving, educating, and mobilizing individual or collective action to influence or persuade others.
Join an activism or community organizing committee such as SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)