Strategies to Grow the Movement of Teaching Social Action

Social action is a transformative experiential learning model where students in a college course launch their own campaign or join a community organization's campaign. The students' social action campaigns seek to change a rule, regulation, norm, policy, or practice of an institution, on campus or in the community. This social action model requires teachers to devote about one-half of the time to the social action campaign-related assignments and class time (e.g., to explore issue development, building power, tactics, and campaign implementation). The Teaching Social Action Initiative hosts Winter and Summer on-line Institutes, as well as an in-person Fall Institute at the U. of Michigan; these Institutes are designed to give instructors the tools and knowledge to incorporate student-led social action campaigns by modifying a current course or developing a new one. At this CoP, we will brainstorm ways so that on every college campus every semester, there is a course where students can learn about social action by doing it, which is the mission of the Teaching Social Action Initiative

Co-Facilitators: Bobby Hackett and Scott Myers-Lipton

Meeting Times

3:00 - 4:15 PM EST on the following dates:

  • September 22nd
  • October 6th
  • October 20th 
  • November 3rd
  • November 20th