The Center for Service in Action welcomes all to attend the 21st Annual Change the Status Quo: Social Justice Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

The CSA hopes to empower attendees to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. Through an inspiring keynote and engaging workshop sessions, our hope is attendees will leave the conference with a new-found sense and understanding of social justice, and how they can take ownership of their role in moving the needle with regard to social change.

We are excited to share with you our 2022 CSQ keynote speaker, writer, abolitionist organizer, and creative educator Hoda Katebi

Her work has been hailed from the BBC to the New York Times and featured or cited in books, journals, and museums around the world.  She is the founding member of Blue Tin Production, an apparel manufacturing cooperative run by working class women of color setting new international standards in labor and sustainable fashion supply chains.  Her work focuses on de-siloing interconnected systems and building transnational solidarity movements, for which she has been listed 40 under 40 by the National Iranian American Council, Leaders for a New Chicago by Field Foundation, the Pioneer Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women, and listed as Crain’s Chicago Business 20 in their 20s. Click HERE for more information on Ms. Katebi.

CSQ is open to college students from other universities and community colleges, high school students, and the general public. 
*We are committed to making this event accessible to all individuals and will provide  ADA accessibility and other accommodations. Students with economic need can contact the CSA to inquire about fee waiver. If you have any other questions please email us at



CSQ 2022 featured a variety of 30-minute presentations and 60-minute interactive workshops with the below themes.

2022 Workshop Themes: 

-Racial Justice / Allyship

-Service, Leadership, & Social Justice


-Socio-Economic Justice

-Gender & Sexuality

-Environmental Justice

-Jewish Culture & Antisemitism – in collaboration with SLO's Jewish Festival of Learning


Closing Plenary: Finding Human-Centered Solutions

Our closing activity was facilitated by Dr. Joey Grey, Dr. Sandy Shen, and Dr. Keri Schwab from the Experience Industry Management Department. During this hands-on, crafty closing activity, attendees were asked to take what they learned throughout the day and design human-centered solutions. 


Thank you to all our 20th Annual CSQ attendees, volunteers, co-chairs: Ava Farriday and Esperanza Castillo, and a special thanks to Jenn Prentice and her RPTA 420 class!

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