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Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor

The CASC minor is for students interested in developing knowledge, skills, and experiences in community action and social change. Since its launch in Winter 2010, over 600 students have declared the CASC minor.

 

The CASC Minor is open to students enrolled in:

  • College of LSA
  • College of Engineering
  • Ford School of Public Policy
  • Ross School of Business
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Music, Theater & Dance

Don't see your school or college listed but interested in declaring the minor? Email us at cascminor@umich.edu to find out how you can declare CASC.

The multidisciplinary 16 credit minor will prepare students to:

  • examine community action and social change using a multidisciplinary framework
  • address community action and social change in multilingual and multicultural communities
  • integrate social justice values into the community action and social change processes
  • engage in service learning to promote community action and social change.

CASC Newsletter

CASC sends out a weekly newsletter on Mondays with the latest on social justice events, classes, job openings and more!

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Advising Hours

Come meet with an academic advisor! Schedule an appointment online or visit during our:

Drop in Advising Hours
Thursdays, 1 pm - 4 pm
Rooms 3831

If you are planning to declare the CASC minor, you should attend an info session and complete an online declaration form prior to meeting with an advisor.

CASC News

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CASC Events

  1. CASC Senior-Alumni Mixer »

    February 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    CASC seniors interested in connecting with alumni and thinking through life after graduation are welcome to attend this connections event! Get advice from CASC alumni, ask questions, or simply hangout. As always, food will be provided!

  2. Experience Detroit: Social Change, Innovation, and the City »

    February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Interested in learning more about Detroit? Curious about the role of innovation, entrepreneurship and industry in social change work in Detroit? Join students from across the University as we engage with the city through dialogue with community members and activists, explore city businesses and organizations, eat delicious, locally catered food, and learn more about Detroit. *Note, this trip includes some walking. Please contact amishkin@umich.edu with questions about accessibility. 
    Email cascminor@umich.edu to learn more about the trip.

Featured Stories

  • CASC Complements Art and Design Program

    Hailing from Houston, Texas, Alexa Borromeo is in her final year as an art and design student who is passionate about social change.

    “I knew I wanted more than art school,” Borromeo explained. “I wanted to have a full academic experience with a wide range of areas to explore and the resources and options at U-M were a great choice for me.”

    Borromeo combined her art and design studies program with a Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor, a program developed at the U-M School of Social Work for students interested in developing knowledge, skills and experiences in community action and social change.

    After taking the public art class, I knew I wanted my art to make social change, and I was able to explore my art with CASC, and understand how change happens.

    “My best experience at U-M has been exploring all of the areas of the University, and it put me in a new direction I wasn’t expecting,” Borromeo said.

    She had taken a public art class, which piqued her interest in community art, community development and social change.

    “After taking the public art class,” Borromeo said, “I knew I wanted my art to make social change. I was able to explore my art with CASC, and understand how change happens.” 

    Borromeo said she learned about many areas of change and how to enter and exit communities. Through the CASC program, she became involved in the Summer Youth Dialogues Program in metropolitan Detroit, where she learned how to facilitate group discussions for high school students in Detroit and surrounding areas.

    “I learned a lot about how to vocalize my own experience while working with these students,” Borromeo said, “and that enhanced my artwork.”

    In addition to the CASC program, Borromeo also works for the Michigan Daily as the senior opinion video editor where she primarily covers campus issues and social issues while applying a videographer’s craft. She’s interned for Artrain, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Goodeye Video, and has worked at the Duderstadt Gallery and Video Studio. And as if that wasn’t enough, she also completed a summer study abroad program in Paris, while participating in the Penny Stamps International Scholarship program. 

    Her senior year will be focused on her senior thesis for art school, which gives her the freedom to pursue a yearlong project.

    CASC builds the masses to shape our talents to make a better world in all different fields, not necessarily to be a social worker.

    “My Integrative Project will likely focus on telling people and community stories,” Borromeo said. “I really like to experiment with videography, as well as public art, and show how change is made in a community with media and positive interventions. I’ve tried to take advantage of all that U-M offers, and hopefully my final project with reflect that!” 

    When asked about her plans after graduation, she said she may go into video/photojournalism or work with a social media platform. She’s interested in social change media, but for now she’s focused on pulling together her art studies with the CASC program to complete her final project. 

    “CASC builds the masses to shape our talents to make a better world in all different fields, not necessarily to be a social worker,” Borromeo said. “I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. U-M has propelled me in ways I couldn’t have imagined.”

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