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Leadership and Social Justice

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Leadership and Social Justice is a course designed to provide engaged students with the tools and theory needed to become successful change makers, activists, and community organizers. This course explores how grassroots movements can transform communities, cultural norms, and global systems. How are campaigns developed, initiated, and orchestrated? What factors determine a campaign's success or failure? How can one person turn a vision for change into reality?

Students will engage in various hands-on workshops and simulations, such as identifying an issue, developing a realistic timeline, publicizing a campaign, engaging the press, catering to an audience, and choosing effective tactics. Through case studies on various movements such as pro-democracy, gender equity, labor rights and identity movements (LGBTQ, race, immigration), students will learn strategies and skills for building and initiating a localized campaign.

Students will enhance their leadership abilities and broaden their ideas of what is possible through readings, films, meetings with community activists and movement leaders, and participation in workshops, role-plays, and activities. Participants will leave this course with an "insider" understanding of the evolution and anatomy of a social movement campaign and develop an Action Plan to bring to their home communities. Students already engaged in a campaign, students who are or hope to become activists, and students invested in social change are encouraged to join us.