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Program Description:

InequalityInAmerica_Students

Examine the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States. 
Gain concrete change-making skills through internships and discussion with effective activists. 

Description

In America today, the wealthiest 160,000 families own as much as the poorest 145 million families. The wealth gap in America has reached levels not seen since the Great Depression. Inequality in America delves deeply into the complex causes and impacts of the unprecedented gap between the rich and poor in the United States. Students engage in a hands-on examination of the social systems that feed increases in poverty and inequality. They examine how institutional racism, classism, and sexism play a role in forming shortsighted and damaging public policy. 

In a simultaneous internship with a local nonprofit students will begin to test and implement their own change-making skills. Past internship sites have included the Council on Crime and Justice, Southside Family Charter School, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, and Take Action Minnesota. Students will meet local organizers, build professional networks, and spend 160-200 hours on site, working for organizations dedicated to social transformation. Everyone leaves the classroom with increased confidence in their own abilities to effect change in their communities, and a deep understanding of the local nonprofit landscape. 
  • Highlights

    Minneapolis- St.Paul will be our classroom. The region is an ideal context for the study of poverty and inequality plaguing the nation's urban centers. The area is increasingly diverse and has a strong and vibrant economy, yet many people are not sharing in this vitality. As in most large, urban regions, there is a growing gap between rich and poor, increasing geographic and social segregation and polarization between these groups. Forty-five percent of the children in the "core" of the Twin Cities live at or below the poverty line, and an educational gap between racial groups worries many policymakers, parents, educators, and students.

    This area is also home to an exciting array of organizations that are addressing all of these issues. Many of these organizations are internship sites for our students and provide hands-on learning to make social change happen.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Qualifications

    * You must have completed your first year in college
    * You must be in good academic standing - 2.0 GPA or higher (any GPA lower than 2.5 will receive extra evaluation)
    * You must meet all requirements of the specific HECUA program
    * You must complete all home campus requirements for off-campus study

    All students are welcome on HECUA programs. Selection is based on your completed application, past academic performance, recommendations,and the match between the program and your own interests, goals and expectations. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Intern Types

    • Art/Fine Arts
    • Communications
    • Counseling
    • Economics
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Languages

    • English
  • Subject Areas

    • Communications
    • Conflict Studies
    • Culture
    • Development Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Geography
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Internship Programs
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/politics
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Program Fees:

    Member and non-member school use different fee structures. Check the HECUA website, here, for the most up-to-date information. 

  • Program Fees Include:

    Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.

  • Experience Required

    no

  • This Program is open to

    Undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States.

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online or Paper Application
    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript



Inequality in America

  • Description

In 'Inequality in America', students actively delve into major challenges of our time: poverty, inequality, and social change. To understand these issues, the program focuses on the economy, housing systems, education, welfare, government policies, urban sprawl, regional race ad class segregation and institutional discrimination. Connecting these issues is at the core of the program. Instead of just learning about these problems, students explore solutions and become engaged in organizations committed to social transformation. Through critical thinking set into action, HECUA students analyze policy, lobby elected officials and engage communities. This program focuses on learning the basics of organizing in communities and workplaces, how to persuade others to become critically engaged, and how to be an effective advocate for issues and people. Building these skills is valuable for social change as well as personal and community development.

  • Highlights

    Minneapolis- St.Paul will be our classroom. The region is an ideal context for the study of poverty and inequality plaguing the nation's urban centers. The area is increasingly diverse and has a strong and vibrant economy, yet many people are not sharing in this vitality. As in most large, urban regions, there is a growing gap between rich and poor, increasing geographic and social segregation and polarization between these groups. Forty-five percent of the children in the "core" of the Twin Cities live at or below the poverty line, and an educational gap between racial groups worries many policymakers, parents, educators, and students.

    This area is also home to an exciting array of organizations that are addressing all of these issues. many of these organizations are internship sites for our students and provide hands-on learning to make social change happen.

  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Qualifications

    * You must have completed your first year in college
    * You must be in good academic standing - 2.0 GPA or higher (any GPA lower than 2.5 will receive extra evaluation)
    * You must meet all requirements of the specific HECUA program
    * You must complete all home campus requirements for off-campus study

    All students are welcome on HECUA programs. Selection is based on your completed application, past academic performance, recommendations,and the match between the program and your own interests, goals and expectations. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Intern Types

    • Art/Fine Arts
    • Communications
    • Counseling
    • Economics
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Languages

    • English
  • Subject Areas

    • Communications
    • Conflict Studies
    • Culture
    • Development Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Geography
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Internship Programs
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/politics
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Cost in US$:

    Inquire for more info.

  • Cost Include Description:

    Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.

  • Experience Required

    no

  • This Program is open to

    Worldwide Participants.

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides up to three USD750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two USD1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and four USD4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online or Paper Application
    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.