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Community Empowerment Activists

The Revolution is Love

The Community Empowerment Activists (CEA) is a year-long community-engaged learning (CEL) program that prepares students as visionary organizers and movement workers by examining the historical and current contexts of systems of oppression and movements of resistance that raise consciousness and build People power using a transformative justice lens.

Students deepen skills in grassroots organizing, mobilizing, and advocacy building by working alongside local grassroots organizations in their yearlong internship placements.

In this reciprocal exchange of study, practice, and application — students develop skills in grassroots organizing, utilize arts as resistance, and conduct research in scholarship to impact policy change. The “Revolution is Love” is a central theme of CEA —remembering it is radical self-love, love for the oppressed, and building in kinship with each other that drives us to believe and fight for a reimagined just world that lifts Black liberation, human dignity, equity, sovereignty, and Mama Earth.

CEA meets the CEL/SL requirement (must be taken in the fall and spring semesters; 2 units per semester). The internship at the host organization consists of 5 hours weekly.

All majors are welcome (open to undergraduate students at the University of San Francisco).

We will be accepting applications on January 3, 2023 (deadline to apply is Friday, March 3, 2023).

For more information, please contact the instructor, Jacqueline Ramos at

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Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
2130 Fulton St.
Masonic, Room 106
San Francisco, CA 94117

Monday - Friday:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.