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Planet Mentorship Pilot Program

Growing Future Change Makers : The Planet Mentorship Pilot Program

Paid opportunity for students with diverse backgrounds to become change makers! Join a cohort of students to engage together in meaningful rumination and innovation! Explore how environmental injustices affects the fight for radical justice, your community, your relationship to other living beings, and the planet.

Who is this for?

For CSUSM undergraduates and grad students who crave an immersive, high-impact experience

What will you get out of it?

Students will explore pathways for their futures and learn skillsets like communication of complex themes and ideas, project development through collaboration, and creative problem-solving.

What will you do?

Use the arts to and data visualization to illuminate how climate change disproportionally impacts marginalized communities. Work with a trio of mentors and connect with other dynamic student scholar/artists!

What are the outcomes?

The program will culminate in an exhibition of personal stories of climate and environmental data in CSUSM's Data Stacks in Kellogg Library.

At a Glance:

  • $2,000 over two semesters (Spring 2022 & Fall 2022)
  • Weekly sessions plus mentorship
  • All majors welcome to apply
  • No Arts background required
  • Learn the power of data visualization

Apply by: February 10, 2022



  • Who is eligible?
     All CSUSM undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
  • What is the deadline to apply?
    The last day to submit your application is February 10, 2022.
  • Where do I apply?
    Applications will be submitted through this online form.
  • What is the time commitment?

    A total of approximately 5 hours a week is expected, which includes:

    • 1-2 hours in group or small groups per week
    • 2-3 hours of independent work or activities per week
  • Is this a paid mentorship?
    We are excited to be able to pay all students who actively participate $1000 per semester for a grand total of $2,000!
  • What will the Change Makers do?
    The small cohort of selected applicants will use art to express ways in which environmental issues intersect with social justice issues. Together the cohort will explore inclusive sustainability and climate justice. More on Inclusive Sustainability
  • Do I have to have a 4.0 GPA to be accepted?

    For this opportunity, your lived experience and your enthusiasm for learning more about inclusive sustainability and climate justice are valued over your GPA.

  • Can this be used for an internship?
    Yes! If you have an internship course, you are free to connect this work to your course internship.
  • What are the program expectations?

    Participation and Preparation: Your active involvement in the check and connect’s, learning sessions discussions, and other activities will create a productive and energizing experience for you and your colleagues. This includes coming to each session motivated, “present,” and on time and with a commitment to engage respectfully with others.  

    Your full participation is required as a Change Maker. This means coming prepared to engage, being open to the material, and working respectfully with others. Our cohort’s culture is collaborative and collectively driven. Your participation and attention are vital.