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Support the Change the World Award!

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 $500 award can get right to the activism and advocacy work they are all about—and that our world needs so urgently. This is your chance to help them change the world—one donation at a time!

Every Dollar Counts

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 analysis, critical 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.

Our MCGS graduates have become:

  • Advisor to U.S. Senator
  • Associate Director of Catalyst Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Director of Strategic Planning and Research at Audrey Sheppard Women’s Health Consulting
  • Deputy Press Secretary, Rapid Response at Human Rights Campaign
  • Regional Manager at Women's Health Specialists
  • Associate Director of External Affairs at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Community Organizer, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Outreach/Counselor at Rape Crisis Intervention and Prevention
  • Product Manager, Access & Publishing Group at California Digital Library
  • Assistant Press Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Associate Director of Student Life for Social Justice and Service, Southern Oregon University
  • Communication Specialist at Kiewit and advocate for "at-risk"? youth
  • Recruiter for Bay Area tech companies
  • Operations Manager at Girls Leadership, SF
  • General Manager at Old Navy, GAP Inc.
  • Marketing Coordinator at Zephyr Real Estate
  • Medical Services Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • Education Coordinator at American Institute for Social Justice
  • Program Assistant at ACTION Council of Monterey County
  • Professor of English, CSU Chico
  • Lecturer of Multicultural & Gender Studies, CSU Chico
  • Events Associate, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
  • Facilities Coordinator, JLL at Verizon
  • Crisis Intervention Manager at Verity

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