Fostering Student-Led Advocacy in Higher-Ed

We believe students have a central role to play in creating systemic change. 

 Changemakers is a paid fellowship program that empowers students to be effective advocates for change at   Southern California’s colleges and universities. 

View our AY 2019-2020 cohort of Changemakers!


Phase 1: Develop advocacy skills and build relationships to make the work easier.


Phase 2: Develop expertise on the issues college students are facing today and possible policy fixes.

Phase 3: Design and implement a campus-based advocacy campaign.



  • Knowledge of the major issues impacting student success. 
  • Understanding of the specific challenges students face at local colleges.
  • Confidence in identifying barriers to success, developing policy solutions, and fostering relationships with campus administrators.
  • Skills such as interpersonal skills, relationship-building skills, and effective communication skills, that will enable them to be future advocates for other political and social issues.
  • A stipend for their participation in the fellowship.


  • Be a student, in good academic standing, enrolled at a public higher-ed college or university in Southern California.
  • Expected graduation on or after 2020.
  • Demonstrate a passion to advocate for students.
  • Motivated to make a difference.
  • Priority will be given to students affiliated with SoCal CAN and Level Up, but all students are encouraged to apply.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Attend 3 convenings during the academic year.
  • Routine check-ins with SoCal CAN team.
  • Design and execute an advocacy campaign on your campus
  • Complete tasks/assignments in between convenings and check-ins.
  • Submit a report at the culmination of the fellowship.

For any questions or inquiries please contact: Marcos Montes /