Preparing Ohio State Students to be Informed Global Citizens and Gain Valuable Service Experiences
Social Change is a department within the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University.
The Department of Social Change also known as Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection (BCEC), was launched in 2012, and is comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students and alumni who are trained to collaborate in developing innovative poverty solutions that address one or more key areas of focus.
As part of the University's motto, 'Education for Citizenship', the Department of Social Change exist to advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. We work to connect The Ohio State University with communities, focusing specifically on programming for individuals, families, and entire communities facing poverty and its consequences.
Seeking to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban and rural poverty and provide a pathway out of poverty, we use local human capital to increase educational opportunities for vulnerable youth that include experiential learning.
With respect to student engagement, there is a place-based initiative to minimize poverty tourism. To this end, Ohio State students involved with the Department of Social Change create comprehensive projects of civic engagement, allowing them to become informed citizens and gain valuable service experience.
Social Change offers several programs a day - youth justice, awareness events, literacy workshops, dialogues, student leadership and cohort meetings, wellness initiatives and Social Justice Engagement programs - all focused on addressing the problems of persistent and concentrated urban and rural poverty and providing a pathway out; while teaching students personal and interpersonal skills necessary to be informed global citizens.
To bring together the communities of The Ohio State University and the State of Ohio. We believe that sustainable, community-driven, placed-based, multi-disciplinary projects can empower the local community and advance the well-being of the people of Ohio.
Advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge.
Our Focus Areas:
- Community Development
- Health and Wellness
- Justice, Incarceration and Recidivism
- Literacy and Information Access
- PreK-12 Education
- The Appalachian Project
- Buck-I-SERV Alternative Break Trip
- Civic Engagement Awards Banquet
- Leadership Studies Courses
- Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)
View our calendar to see a schedule of our upcoming events.