Advocates for Change

Advocates for Change is a student-led graduate level student organization. Faculty serve as advisors but the organization is run by students. Advocates for Change began with a group of MSW students at UNC Charlotte in February 2015 as a student response to media reports and peer-reviewed research reports demonstrating inequitable treatment of disadvantaged and 31 minority individuals by health, education, and law enforcement services in the region, state, and nation. According to its mission statement, Advocates for Change is “Master of Social Work and Master’s level students from other disciplines who are committed to providing services to the UNC Charlotte campus and Charlotte community...The Advocates for Change goal is to enhance the quality of life for oppressed and vulnerable populations through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.” The organization was formally recognized by the University’s Graduate and Professional Student Government in November 2015.