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Think differently. Live differently.

  1. 1. Think differently. Live differently. Creating Social Responsibility, Social Justice, and Activism in the College Classroom.<br />Presenters:<br />Professor Stacie R. Furia<br />Stevie Blanchard<br />Ashleigh Miller<br />
  2. 2. An Introduction to Northland<br />The environmental liberal arts college<br />
  3. 3. Mission: Northland College integrates liberal arts studies with an environmental emphasis, enabling those it serves to address the challenges of the future.<br />Founded: 1892 and went green in 1971.<br />Enrollment: Northland College enrolls 600 students from 42 states and a dozen countries<br />
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  5. 5. Ashland, WI<br />Situated in northern WI on the south shore of Lake Superior<br />Population 8,620<br />Past Industry: Logging, Mining<br />Current Industry: Tourism<br />
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  7. 7. Overview of Social Justice related curriculum at Northland College<br />Professor Stacie R. Furia<br />
  8. 8. Social Justice for Course Credit<br />
  9. 9. Social Justice for Course Credit<br />
  10. 10. Social Justice Outside the Classroom<br />
  11. 11. Social Justice Outside the Classroom<br />
  12. 12. Student Experiences of Activism towards Social Justice<br />Stevie Blanchard and Ashleigh Miller<br />
  13. 13. Discussing Campus Activism<br />Topics We’ll Address<br />Co-Curricular<br />FYE<br />In Class<br />Chemistry of Natural Waters<br />Intro to Social Responsibility<br />Advanced Justice Studies<br />Extracurricular<br />NCSA<br />Art League<br />Theme Houses<br />Environmental Council<br />How We’ll Address them<br />Overview of the project<br />Associated class or organization<br />Social Justice<br />Who<br />What<br />How<br />Outcomes<br />
  14. 14. Why community service in the classroom is important.<br /><br />
  15. 15. Preparing Students to be socially responsible adults<br />A co-curricular introduction to academic and non-academic life (FYE)<br />
  16. 16. First Year Experience (FYE)<br />
  17. 17. First Year Experience (FYE)<br />
  18. 18. Activism and Community service in the classroom<br />Examples of Activism Projects Created in Courses on Campus<br />
  19. 19. “Water Quality in the Bad River Watershed”Chemistry of Natural Waters<br />
  20. 20. Marengo River<br />NC 2<br />Billy Creek<br />Silver Creek<br />NC 1<br />County C<br />Billy Creek<br />Trout Brook<br />NC 3<br />NC 4<br />NC 2<br />
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  22. 22. “Growing Connections”Libral Education Curriculum <br />
  23. 23. “Growing Connections”Libral Education Curriculum <br />
  24. 24. “The Backyard Garden Initiative”Intro to Social Responsibility<br />
  25. 25. “The Backyard Garden Initiative”Intro to Social Responsibility<br />
  26. 26. “The Backyard Garden Initiative”Intro to Social Responsibility<br />
  27. 27. “The Backyard Garden Initiative”Intro to Social Responsibility<br />
  28. 28. Why we have a community garden.<br /><br />
  29. 29. “Dress for Work”Introduction to Social Responsibility<br />
  30. 30. “Dress for Work”Introduction to Social Responsibility<br />
  31. 31. “Take Back the Halls: Anti-Bullying Campaign”Advanced Justice Studies<br />
  32. 32. “Bullied” The importance of anti-bulling in the Ashland community<br /><br />
  33. 33. “Take Back the Halls: Anti-Bullying Campaign”Advanced Justice Studies<br />
  34. 34. Extracurricular Activism and Service projects<br />Inspired by academics, brought to life in clubs<br />
  35. 35. Northland College Student Association (NCSA)<br />
  36. 36. Northland College Student Association (NCSA)<br />
  37. 37. Combined Effort of NCSA and May Term Class<br /><br />
  38. 38. “Student Vending Initiative”NCSA<br />
  39. 39. “Empty Bowl”Art League<br />
  40. 40. “Empty Bowl”Art League<br />
  41. 41. “Below the Belt” Gender and Women’s Studies Theme House<br />
  42. 42. “Community Bike Shop”Environmental Council<br />
  43. 43. “Community Bike Shop”Environmental Council<br />
  44. 44. Benefits and challenges of campus based activism<br />
  45. 45. Benefits of Classroom Activism<br />“Participation in activism as a class project allows me to feel like I can do something to better the world when I often feel that I do not have time [otherwise] as a full time student.”<br />Empowers students<br />Builds hope<br />Creates a relationship with the community<br />Gives students skills necessary for creating social change<br />
  46. 46. Challenges of Classroom Activism<br />“Doing activism is great, I think it is an important part of my learning. But, it takes up a lot of time, and it’s hard to commit to a project.”<br />Limits time focused on theory<br />Difficult to get students to connect theory to practice (activism)<br />Large time commitment necessary for success<br />Tricky to balance demands of an activism project with other class work<br />
  47. 47. Our Recommendations for implementing activism towards social justice on your campus<br />
  48. 48. Making Social Justice Initiatives Work<br />Recommendations<br />Require student groups to do community service hours<br />Large time commitment from professor<br />Better for smaller classes<br />Better in thematic courses (non-intro)<br />Do activism in classes that focus on inequality and social problems<br />Let Student’s Choose their cause<br />Reasons <br />Create group cohesion, connection with community<br />Keeps students on track and motivated<br />More time for discussion<br />Students have common interests<br />To help empower students and avoid overwhelming them<br />Keeps students committed to the project<br />
  49. 49. Questions?<br />Thank you for your time.<br />