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Change the World! 

The goal of the Change the World Award is to recognize Multicultural & Gender Studies graduates who have made substantial contributions to social justice efforts while at Chico State and aid them in their transition into their chosen social justice profession. We know that changing the world is hard work, and these diversity and inclusion leaders will have demonstrated their dedication and willingness to sacrifice for important causes. However, recent graduates face additional stressors and expenditures as they relocate, shift wardrobes, and enter the job market. We would like to lighten that load a little, so that recipients of this $1000 award can get right to the activism and advocacy work they are all about—and that our world needs so urgently.

  • Your $25 gift pays for gas to get to that Bay Area interview.
  • Your $50 donation buys a graduate’s groceries for ten days.
  • Your $100 contribution outfits the new alum for their first day on the job.
  • Your $250 gift will make the first monthly repayment of student loans.

- We are hoping to raise enough for two, $1000 awards for 2018-2019 graduating seniors in Multicultural & Gender Studies-- one senior in our General Option Major and one senior in our Women’s Studies Major. We also hope to raise enough to fund 3, $1000 awards for the 2019-2020 graduating seniors. There will be awards for each of our majors, General Option, Women’s Studies, and now including our new Intersectional Latinx & Chicanx Studies Major!

-These two students will have applied and been selected for their outstanding leadership and activism. The application consists of two letters of recommendation: one from faculty/ staff attesting to the student’s intellectual engagement and understanding of social justice issues and the other from a community organization speaking to the direct advocacy/ activism work that the student has done. They will also be submitting their own personal statement, outlining how they plan to contribute to social change post-graduation.

-The post-grad transition is difficult for students and we have found that some aren’t well prepared. This money will greatly assist the recipients with the process of entering into the work force


Q: Why support the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies?

A: We are a diverse community of scholars and activists working together to critically examine gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, ability, race, and ethnicity and to cultivate social justice through informed activism. The Multicultural and Gender Studies office is the academic face of diversity on Chico State will serve the mission, strategic plan, and values of CSU Chico by supporting interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry and social justice advocacy both in the broadest sense and with special attention to diverse communities in the North State. See our Vision Statement for particulars.

Q: Where can students go with MCGS?

A: As the workforce becomes increasingly diverse, businesses and organizations are seeking individuals who have an informed appreciation of different cultures and are able to work with a wide variety of people. Students in MCGS gain the knowledge and commitment to be socially responsible citizens in a diverse democracy and interconnected world. Our coursework focuses on analysiscritical thinking, and problem solving-- within a framework of mutual respect and compassion. All graduates do a senior project and complete an internship, where they learn hands-on how to apply theoretical concepts in the real world--this makes MCGS graduates supremely employable! Thus, our graduates are engaged in exciting work in health professions, public administration, business, education, law, community activism, social work, counseling, and human resources, to name a few professions. A major or minor in Multicultural and Gender Studies emphasizes critical thinking, collaborative learning, activism, and advocacy, all skills which can be applied to a host of careers--especially leadership positions.

Q: Where have students gone with a degree from the MCGS Department?

A: Our majors tend to enter positions of leadership and service in a variety of fields. There is a growing demand in the professions of management, health and community service, public administration, non-profits, government service, and public policy for individuals with educational backgrounds in diversity issues. Similarly, there are increasing opportunities for consultant work in industry, higher education, insurance companies, and personnel firms.

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