Finding Your Voice in Social Justice
SOCIAL JUSTICE LEARNING COMMUNITY
This non-residential learning community will help you connect your classes with social issues, meet fellow student-activists and work with BGSU faculty and community leaders. Activities in this community will empower you to turn values into action and to transform your communities for the better.
Through course work in BGSU's School of Cultural and Critical Studies, you will fulfill a general education requirement while you explore the intersections of identities, including race, ethnicity, and gender, as well as others that meet your particular social justice interests. Learn more about classes that were intentionally designed for this learning community below.
WHAT'S A NON-RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITY?
Members of learning communities that are 'non-residential', receive the great benefits of belonging to a Learning Community but the community currently doesn't have a block of rooms inside a residence hall available to students to live in. A non-residential Learning Community may become a residential Learning Community in the future.
About The Community
- No fee to apply but space is limited
- Students of color and first-generation students are especially encouraged to apply
Are you interested in social justice and community activism? Are you passionate about challenging racism, patriarchy, classism, and xenophobia? If you answered yes, this is the community for you!
In the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Leaning Community, you will learn about activating social change from university and community leaders and organizers. We will introduce you to campus resources and help you foster connections with other students, faculty, BGSU leaders, and community activists.
Through these efforts, we hope to create bridges between home and campus communities; build connections amongst students; and connect students to resources available in BGSU. We believe better connected students will not only be more successful, but they will also be more effective university citizens.
How to Apply
After you have submitted your request to join a community, you will receive an email from the community director approving your request. If you have any questions about your application or the community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to join the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community?
There is NO COST to joining the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community!
I want to join another BGSU learning community too. Can I join the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community?
Yes, but we do ask that if you join our LC you commit to engaging in all required activities.
Who can apply to be part of the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community?
New incoming first-year students are eligible to apply to the first-year cohort. Members of the first-year cohort will be enrolled in the following two courses upon acceptance into the learning community:
- Our community’s section of ETHN 1010 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
- RESC 2000J – a 1-credit class that includes all students in the learning community.
Returning BGSU students who have already taken ETHN 1010, WS 2000, or an equivalent course are also eligible to apply. All returning students in the learning community will be required to take RESC 2000J.
Students of color and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.
Do I have to live in a particular residence hall to join the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community?
No. The Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community is not a residential learning community. Students living in all residence halls may apply to the learning community.
Through course work in BGSU's School of Cultural and Critical Studies, you will fulfill a general education requirement while you explore the intersections of identities, including race, ethnicity, and gender, as well as others that meet your particular social justice interests.
Students in the community will be enrolled in a section of Introduction to Ethnic Studies (ETHN 1010) which meets the general education (BGP) requirement for Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
This gateway course to the field of Ethnic Studies introduces students to interdisciplinary analyses of race and ethnicity in the U.S. It explores the social construction and ideologies of race in colonial conquest, slavery, and immigration, and the intersections of race with other hierarchies such as class, gender, and sexuality. The course particularly focuses on the theorizing and lived experiences of people of color (including African Americans, Native Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans) in the U.S., exploring the ways in which marginalized racial/ethnic groups historically have negotiated their disempowerment, as well as addressing contemporary discourses on racial and ethnic issues.
This course takes a critical race theory/critical ethnic studies approach to the study of race and ethnicity, relying upon an understanding of race and ethnicity as socially constructed; race and ethnicity are class- and gender-dependent social institutions with historic origins and real-world effects, with meanings determined and mediated by geographic location and temporality.
This is a one-credit course specifically for members of the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community, with a theme each semester chosen by students, and provides a time and place for us to come together as a group to discuss mutual goals and help with individual ones.
LIVE AND LEARN WITH STUDENTS WHO SHARE YOUR PASSION
Join one of our residential Learning Communities and take advantage of unique opportunities designed to help you succeed in your personal, professional and academic lives. These communities are comprised of students who share a major or common interest and have a block of rooms inside a residence hall.