Date

3-2013

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Brian Greenwood

Abstract

The social activism community exists to address the collective responsibility of meeting needs and fighting for the rights of the disadvantaged and/or marginalized populations. The Change the Status Quo conference aims to educate, motivate, and activate attendees. The purpose of this study was to measure the motivations of attendees at the Change the Status Quo conference at Cal Poly to become involved in social activism. The study was conducted through a questionnaire distributed and collected during the final workshop of the conference. The findings from 72 participants indicated that most were female and college students. Most were also frequently involved in social activism prior to the conference. Those attending by free choice were more likely to desire high levels of involvement, and the most impactful topic was gender equality. Recommendations to the conference committee include: consider new ways to better market the conference to males, and provide more promotion to individuals not commonly involved in social activism.

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