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CAMPUS CLUBS: CHANGEMAKERS CLUB

The Changemakers asked students "What would you change?" and then invited them to write down their responses in fall 2015. Students' responses were used as inspiration for future Changemaker projects. // Photo courtesy of Chancy Wozow
The Changemakers asked students “What would you change?” and then invited them to write down their responses in fall 2015. Students’ responses were used as inspiration for future Changemaker projects. // Photo courtesy of Chancy Wozow

For those who may have trouble deciding on a club to join, the Changemakers Club may be the right fit.

The club connects people and organizations both on campus and within the community that have similar goals, Junior Chancy Wozow, current Changemakers president said.  The Changemakers guide collaboration through meetings, workshops and discussions.

Freshman Esme Espinoza is the Changemakers vice president of outreach and activities.

“[The club is] super flexible. We can branch out and talk about social justice issues or talk about finals being stressful,” Espinoza said. “There are so many different ideas that we can have and that’s what drew me [in].”

Sophomore Gabby Brower joined Changemakers for the same reason.

“I can join all the clubs through Changemakers,” Brower said.

“We want to make real change, but we also want to inspire people to inspire themselves and others around them.”

Chancy Wozow

Groups that Changemakers works with are dedicated to what Wozow calls “the triple bottom line”: people, planet and prosperity. Changemakers work with groups striving to make social, environmental and economic changes.

Because the Changemakers Club is not representative of an entire community, they reach out to others on campus to collaborate on ideas, Wozow said.

Members of the Changemakers club, the Latino Student Union and MEChA explain the history of Cinco de Mayo to passing students in Red Square Thursday May 5. // Photo by Sara Helms
Members of the Changemakers club, the Latino Student Union and MEChA explain the history of Cinco de Mayo to passing students in Red Square Thursday May 5. // Photo by Sara Helms

One of the more recent event the Changemakers was involved in was an event where they co-sponsored a Cinco de Mayo event with members of the Latino Student Union and MEChA in Red Square on Thursday, May 5. The event also had the support of the Ethnic Student Center.

Espinoza said that the clubs wanted to work together to spread awareness about what Cinco de Mayo represents and how it has been appropriated. Through the event, the groups gave passing students ideas on respectful ways to celebrate the holiday.

“We want to make real change, but we also want to inspire people to inspire themselves and others around them,” Wozow said. “Change is a positive thing, and it starts with yourself.”

Students are invited to Changemakers weekly meetings at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Old Main 580.
To learn more about the Changemakers, click here.

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