If you are committed to social justice, and you believe that poverty is solvable, join Oxfam by becoming a CHANGE Leader on your campus.
Oxfam will support your efforts with leadership and skills training, resources, and year-long support. You in turn will bring Oxfam’s mission to life on your campus through teach-ins, panels, research projects, class curriculum, special events, campus clubs, and more.
“Thank you for a life changing growth experience. I am a better person, leader, and advocate for Oxfam America because of this opportunity. I feel I have the skills and strength to lead and be a powerful voice for change, which is something I never truly felt to this extent before the training.”
—Abigail Fuselier, 2014 CHANGE Leader
Each year, Oxfam brings together a select group of 30-40 student leaders. Together, they learn how to transform their passion for the issues into meaningful action on campus and in their communities, joining a network of like-minded students around the country. Past CHANGE Leaders have gone on to work for members of Congress, start their own nonprofit organizations, and pursue social justice careers worldwide.
What is CHANGE?
CHANGE develops capable leaders who are informed voices for positive social change and who inspire greater global awareness in others. CHANGE Leaders are introduced to the social justice issues directly related to Oxfam America's mission; they are supported by Oxfam staff as they undertake Oxfam campaigns on their campuses and in their communities.
10-year anniversary event
Hear CHANGE Leaders from across the years share their insights about the program, its impact on their lives, their memories as student activists, and the rich and deep connections they have made with their fellow CHANGE Leaders.
Students learn about Oxfam’s work, get to know other student leaders from around the world, participate in team building and leadership activities, learn organizing skills, and connect with Oxfam staff. This is done through a variety of activities that include interactive simulations, guest panels, presentations, videos, small group breakouts, creative arts, personal reflections, and more. Founded in 2000, CHANGE has trained over 800 student leaders from more than 340 colleges and universities.
Applications for 2016 CHANGE training are closed, but you can fill out the form below to be notified when the 2017 application goes live.
Campaigns on campus
After the training, CHANGE Leaders return to campus energized and ready to work on social justice issues. Oxfam staffers and a CHANGE campus adviser provide guidance to the student activists throughout the year.
CHANGE Leaders help bring Oxfam’s mission to life by building networks, organizing their peers to take political action, and hosting campus awareness events like teach-ins, panel discussions, art exhibits, and speakers’ tours. Specific examples include:
Collaborate with Oxfam and professors to host a teach-in on Syria’s humanitarian crisis
Raise awareness and funds by hosting an Oxfam Jam, a campus festival, or an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet
Create a course, independent study, or research project on one of Oxfam’s areas of work
Access free resources for Oxfam Club members, including a (1) sample club constitution, (2) member contact list template, (3) Oxfam logo guidelines, and (4) spotlight clubs from Indiana University Bloomington and University of Texas at Austin.