Fostering Student-Led Advocacy in Higher-Ed

We believe student voice should play a

central role in efforts to create institutional change.

SoCal CAN aims to uplift student voices!

SoCal CAN Changemakers, is a fellowship program that is designed to improve Southern California’s colleges and universities by uplifting student voices. Students will have hands-on experience by learning how to be an effective advocate and executing an advocacy campaign. Students will develop skills, build knowledge about the issues impacting today’s students, and determine best courses of action to pursue institutional change. 

View our 2019 inaugural cohort of Changemakers!


Develop skills and build relationships to make their work easier.

Spring 2019 – Summer 2019

Learn about issues college students are facing today, and choose one issue they would like to act on.

Summer 2019

Changemakers will create campus teams to design an advocacy action plan to execute.

Spring 2020 – Summer 2020.


  • 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.

Fellowship Criteria

  • Be a student, in good academic standing, enrolled at a public higher-ed college or university in Southern California
  • Priority will be given to students affiliated with SoCal CAN and to Level Up participants, but others are encouraged to apply!
  • Expected graduation on or after 2020
  • Demonstrate a passion to advocate for students
  • Motivated to make a difference
  • Deadline: March 22, 2019

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Attend 3 convenings of the all the fellows and SoCal CAN staff during 2019-2020
  • Routine check-ins with SoCal CAN team
  • Design and execute an advocacy campaign on their 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 /