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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition, you will choose one of various small interactive courses (BGSU 1910) designed specifically for this learning community. BGSU 1910 courses for Fall 2020 are not yet finalized but below is information about Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 topics offered:
- Raise a Fist, Take a Knee: Protest and the Black Athlete
- Straight Outta [Your City]
- Refugees Past and Present
- ¡Si Se Puede!: Latino/a/x Activism
- The Politics of Sex
- Aunt Jemima, Rich Uncle Pennybags, and the Kool-Aid Man: Gender & Race in Advertising