High school students invited to engage in systems change on gun violence

June 9, 2016


The second annual Changing Systems Student Summit hosted by  Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work Social System Design Lab will tackle the issue of gun violence in the St. Louis community in response to Washington University’s initiative “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis” and the alarming community trends.

The 4-day workshop will take place June 28-July 1 (10am-3pm daily) at Washington University, providing high school students with a chance to learn and use systems thinking tools and apply them to social justice issues in their community. This event is designed, led, and facilitated by youth leaders with training in systems thinking/system dynamics, including students who have previously participated in the Changing Systems Student Summit on Structural Racism, group model building workshops, and internships with the Brown School Social System Design Lab.

The use of system dynamics will provide a powerful tool for uncovering the structures that underlie neighborhood gun violence, identify and prioritize leverage points for change, and engage and involve the stakeholders in the system who have the power to influence broad institutional change.


Participants in the 2015 Youth Summit

Students will receive a certificate of participation in this workshop, and they can list it on their resume and/or college applications. Please encourage high school students you know who may be interested in participating in the summit to apply via this online form. It is a free event and lunch and snacks will be provided.

Contact Saras Chung at saraschung@wustl.edu with questions or to get involved.

Download printable PDF flyer.