Promoting Collaboration and Civic Engagement Across Communities

Through her Blueprint for Social Justice, Dana hoped to be a part of a community of young people that is excited about creating change from both inside and outside of the political system. This project worked to address a disconnect between social justice activism and civic engagement on campus stemming from a distrust in government as a means for change. This problem is institutionalized in part by an unwillingness to work in coalition or have spaces for productive discussion across cultural or interest barriers. There was also no formal institutional support of GOTV or voting. Dana wanted to reframe voting as a first step to larger goals of social justice and highlight the usefulness of creating relationships both inside and outside of government to be as effective as possible.