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Civic Leadership for Social Justice

Are you looking to increase your understanding of local and global issues of social justice and human rights?
Do you want to strengthen your ability to achieve social change?
Would you welcome an academic experience that goes beyond the classroom?

Then the minor in Civic Leadership for Social Justice may be for you. In the process of earning the certificate you will:

  • Sharpen awareness of injustice and violations of personal and human rights
  • Develop an understanding of civic responsibility in the local and global spheres
  • Gan knowledge and skills as a foundation for meaningful advocacy
  • Practice active and responsible citizenship
  • Actively promote social justice
  • Advance fairness, compassion and respect for human dignity and diversity
  • Find opportunities for collaboration in local, national and international settings
  • Understand better the sources of conflicts and methods of resolving them
  • Learn to develop authentic relationships with people who are marginalized or disadvantaged to unlock new possibilities
  • Become more accountable, effective leaders

The minor consists of 15 credits, including two required courses (an introductory course and a capstone course) and three electives. Descriptions of the introductory and capstone courses follow:

Introduction to Civic Leadership (or IHP 203W or THEO 261) is a civically-engaged learning, social justice, course that includes:

  • introduction to the neighborhoods of emphasis
  • introduction to community-engaged research
  • designing a community-engaged research project
  • working as a team to carry out the research project, in collaboration with community leaders and members
  • theory of social justice
  • introduction to mechanisms for social change
  • significant experiential civic engagement

Social Policy and Action is a civically-engaged learning course that must be taken after the introductory course and includes:

  • introduction to the formulation and implementation of social policy
  • individual projects that contribute to formulating or implementing policies to achieve social justice
  • development of an integrative electronic portfolio that documents how a student has achieved the three learning objectives

Electives may come from many schools, departments and programs. See a list of approved courses here.