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   California’s colleges and universities. 

View our 2019-20 Changemakers in action!


Phase 1: Changemakers will participate in training sessions to develop skills, build relationships, and learn about issues college students are facing today.  January 2022 – April 2022


Phase 2: Changemakers will be assigned to smaller teams to create and implement advocacy and outreach campaigns aligned with SoCal CAN’s Policy Agenda. Changemakers will utilize our Let’s Go To College CA student-led hub to communicate with our growing online student community and build support for their advocacy goals. In addition, each team will be assigned a policy advisor from the field with deep expertise in the specific issues selected by the students. May 2022 – December 2022



  • Knowledge of the major issues impacting student success in California.
  • Understanding of the specific challenges students face at state colleges and universities.
  • Confidence in identifying barriers to success, developing policy solutions, and fostering relationships with campus administrators.
  • 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.
  • Priority to apply for another SoCal CAN program that is being created to help underrepresented students be elected or appointed to student government boards, statewide or local commissions.

Fellowship Criteria 

  • Be a student, in good academic standing, enrolled at a public higher-ed college or university in California.
  • Priority will be given to students affiliated with a SoCal CAN member organizations, but ALL are encouraged to apply.
  • Expected graduation on or after 2023. 
  • Demonstrate a passion to advocate for students.
  • Motivated to make a difference.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Attend monthly virtual sessions during 2022 and routine check-ins with the SoCal CAN team.
  • Opportunities for in-person activities later in the fellowship will be explored.
  • Design and execute an advocacy campaign with their respective subgroup. 
  • Complete tasks/assignments in between sessions and check-ins. 
  • Complete a pre-survey and post-survey to help SoCal CAN evaluate the program.
  • Submit a report at the culmination of the fellowship.
  • For any questions or inquiries please contact: Marcos Montes /