CHANGE Initiative

 

If you are committed to social justice, and want to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice, 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 50 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.

More information

 

Training

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 860 student leaders from more than 345 colleges and universities.

For more information, please read our CHANGE FAQ page.

Applications for 2018 CHANGE training are closed, but you can fill out the form below to be notified when the 2019 application goes live.

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Alumni resources

If you are a CHANGE Leader or alumni, . You'll find updates about Oxfam’s work, the latest job postings, and opportunities to connect with CHANGE alumni in your area.


Contact us

If you have any questions about CHANGE or the application process, please contact us.

Tools & downloads

  1. Tools for activists

    How to make a difference on campus

    Students, are you ready to take action? Find tips for starting and running an Oxfam Club at your high school or university, ideas for campus events, and much more.

  2. Brochure

    Oxfam at a glance: On campus

    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.

  3. Tools for activists

    Resources for your Oxfam club

    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.

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