Social Justice Advocacy/Just Futures in New York City Winter 2024

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Winter Study Travel Course Proposal (January 2024) Social Justice in New York City SPEC 27 (updated course last offered in Jan 2019) Instructor: Joy James, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities Instructor Email: [email protected] Department: American Studies/Humanities Course Title: Social Justice Advocacy/Just Futures: Student Experiential Learning with NYC Nonprofits: IFCO, BKLYN Combine; Ms. Stephanie Science Club/PS; JMAC for Families. This winter study course revises the 2019 course to include two additional nonprofits: BKLYN Combine and JMac for Families (Harlem). I. Ms. Stephanie Science Club Williams College students will shadow Stephanie E. Farmer, founder & Executive Director of Triple F Empowerment, Inc, a small Harlem-based nonprofit/grassroots organization engaged in STEAM education in public, under-resourced elementary and middle schools. Interns will have the opportunity to work with elementary students in Harlem through hands-on STEAM educational activities, facilitate science workshops conducted at a New York City public school during the week and volunteer on Saturdays at Ms. Steph’s Science Club. As educational interns, students will have a weekly Q&A (debrief) session with Ms. Steph about education and STEAM. II. The BKLYN Combine Public Debate Program (BCPD) co-founded by Dr. Keith White, Esq. focuses on debate and critical analyses support youths to “interrogate information” so that “their relationship to that information becomes intimate and granular.” The BCPD works to offer opportunities for icritical analyses and learning legal rights for youths who also are introduced to debate. III. JMac for Families is based in Harlem, NY and works on behalf of working-class families who face unwarranted removal of their children through foster care. IV. IFCO is a nonprofit based in Harlem that provides medical care packages and advocacy for under-resourced communities and nations.
The Class: Format: travel
Limit: 8
Expected: 8
Class#: 1024
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: A 10-page paper; Two five page papers; participations in seminar discussions, participation in nonprofit organizations engagement, journal.
Prerequisites: Interests in social justice and commitment to engage with nonprofits and to do prep readings on politics, human rights and civil rights advocacy relevant to NYC and specified nonprofits.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference is for students who are comfortable in an urban environment and who have interest in social justice, diverse communities, political analyses and civic engagement.
Materials/Lab Fee: $3,100
Attributes: TRVL Winter Study Travel Course

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