CILSA's Theory of Change


Guiding our daily efforts, strategic planning, and program decisions is CILSA's theory of change -- it's our unique fingerprint. It describes what CILSA does, why it matters, how we go about doing it, and why our particular approach works. 

Our observation about the world: Communities striving for equity and liberation are held back internally and externally by white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression.

Our response within the College context: CILSA galvanizes Saint Mary's students, faculty, staff and community partners to build equity and liberation through community engaged education, leadership development, and organizational and field transformation.

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CILSA Theory of Change


Reach out to Sarah Dempsey <> and Samantha Giordano <>, for conversation about CILSA's Big Why and our priorities.