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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.
“Studying political science and international relations, I had learned about so many problems, and even some solutions, but rarely any results, action, or change.… [Oxfam] made me believe there was something I could do, that the notion of people power was real.”
- Himani Patel, University of Idaho, CHANGE Leader 2016–2017
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.
The CHANGE Initiative is now accepting applications! The deadline is March 31, 2017. We're looking for energetic, motivated students who want to learn how make a difference on campus and beyond. For more information about the program and the application process, see our frequently asked questions.
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.
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
Whether they’re gaining leadership skills through the CHANGE Initiative or joining Oxfam Clubs at schools nationwide, thousands of students are teaming up with Oxfam to fight poverty, hunger, and injustice.
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.