Coalition of student advocates : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
The need to increase opportunities for students to engage in political and civic action prompted three students (Jennifer Shea, Amber Michel and Betsy Mills) to form the Coalition of Student Advocates (CSA). The first goal of the organization is to encourage civic involvement among the students at Ball State University through events focusing on current political and social issues. The second goal is to organize discussions, focus groups, and events focusing on issues concerning Ball State students, and to provide an arena for networking and resource sharing (i.e. articles, websites, etc.) to Ball State students. The third goal of CSA is to advance student awareness and involvement in current political and social issues. CSA hosted the BSU Letter Writing Campaign as its inaugural campus-wide event, bringing together more than 70 attendees to discuss current issues and to relay their concerns through letter writing. The event yielded 144 letters sent to state and federal members of Congress and marked the beginning of a tradition of civic awareness at Ball State.