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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 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.


Weekly CASC Newsletter

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

See past newsletters »

Advising Hours

Come meet with an academic advisor! Schedule an appointment online. If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you, please email Please complete an online declaration form prior to meeting with an advisor.

Drop in hours will be held every Wednesday from 1 - 4pm in CASC office rooms 3831 and 3833.

CASC Events

  1. Understanding Social Action in a Contested Environment: A Post Presidential Inauguration Discussion on Social Division, Unity, and Change »

    February 22, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    The current shifting and salient political climate has catalyzed divergent responses of millions of individuals, nationally.  Specifically, legislative actions enacted by contested congressional governance has resulted in heightened grassroots action, increased public dissent, accelerated journalism, and difficult dialogues among deeply divided communities. The following co-sponsored program will offer insight about existing social divisions, the complexities of unity, and the importance of social change. Through a moderated interview, presenters will also share knowledge about emergent policy changes and its effect on national and campus climate, discuss multiple levels of social action in challenging contexts, and offer strategies for coalition building.  


    • Moderator: Larry Gant, PhD, Professor of Social Work
    • Trelawny "Trey" Boynton, Director of the Office of Multiethnic Student Affairs
    • Austin McCoy, PhD, Michigan Mellon Fellow

    Click here to RSVP »

  2. CASC Info Session »

    March 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Interested in learning more about the Community Action and Social Change minor? Come to this info session to learn more about the CASC community, what CASC is and what it can offer you in your undergraduate program, the types of courses you'll take, and the available opportunities for CASC students after graduation! 

  3. CASC Talk »

    March 14, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    The CASC Student Board is hosting a speaker to talk about issues surrounding Islamophobia. The event will include a presentation and dialogue in small groups. Food will be served.

    RSVP here »

Featured Stories

  • CASC Student Emily Cloch Combines her Love of the Outdoors with Social Work

    Emily Cloch knew she wanted a career in social work when she was in high school, and soon after she began her undergraduate program in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan, she put her plan into action.

    Cloch’s advisor suggested she consider the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) undergraduate minor, located within the U-M School of Social Work.  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, more than 500 students have declared the CASC minor.

    Not only did Cloch declare the CASC minor, but she became a CASC Student Board member during her sophomore year.

    “Being on the board kept me intimately involved with the School of Social Work,” Cloch said.  “The board developed different events to increase cultural awareness and current events, and we also created an event where students could come de-stress during finals in addition to receiving advice for class registration for the following semester.”

    The CASC classes helped improve my communication skills in understanding how to be in a community space and confidently talk about privilege and oppression in a productive way.

    The CASC program also led Cloch to Tony Alvarez, who serves as the SSW’s point person for the use of experiential, adventure and wilderness approaches to social work practice.  Alvarez’s research focuses on the design of effective experiential and adventure-based programs for social workers in multiple settings and with diverse populations.

    “Tony and I talked about various wilderness therapy programs and different ways I can incorporate adventure and wilderness into social work,” Cloch said.  “I’ve been going to camp in the North Woods of Wisconsin since I was nine years-old, and the older I get, the more I realize how important the outdoors are to me.”

    Through the CASC program she took a class in intergroup dialogue which she said opened up her ability to talk about all types of issues including social injustice.

    “The classes I took with the CASC program gave me the space I needed to be productive in a social justice environment,” Cloch said.  “The CASC classes helped improve my communication skills in understanding how to be in a community space and confidently talk about privilege and oppression in a productive way.”

    Cloch’s passion for adventure was well-founded during her study abroad program in New Zealand where she studied anthropology, Maori indigenous peoples and the sociology of risk taking and adventure.  Her study abroad increased her confidence as an independent person.

    “My parents have trusted me and have seen my passion for the outdoors grow,” Cloch said.  “They’ve encouraged me to have a passion and follow it…and to always reach for something higher.”

    Cloch graduated in the spring of 2016 and is working as a wilderness trip leader at Camp Birch Trail for Girls in Wisconsin. She is then taking a gap year before heading back to Ann Arbor to pursue her master’s degree at the School of Social Work.  Hail to the Victor who continues to pursue her passion for the outdoors and social work.

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