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Description:

The summer of 2014 saw the beginning of a dramatic shift in public conversation around race in the United States. As the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and other unarmed black men dominated the news, powerful protests forced Americans to confront the twin realities of institutionalized racism and police brutality. Protests spilled onto the highways of major cities, occupied shopping malls, and dominated digital spaces, framing dissent around a single rallying cry, originally posted as a Facebook status by 33 year old Alicia Garza: "Black lives matter."

Race in America: Then and Now dives into questions of racial justice in America today, and the continuing role of race in the United States. Students meet with civil rights activists who were active in the 1960s, and those who are active now, as well as lawyers, politicians, educators and youth. Field experiences open up connections among issues related to education, incarceration, distribution of wealth, health care, housing, employment, and the environment. By the end of the month, students have a profound understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and its motivations, strategies, successes and failures. They have also developed ways to make meaningful contributions to their own communities. 
  • Highlights

    The program is based in Jackson, Mississippi, where students stay at Jackson State University, one of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Mississippi typified the "Deep South" during the era of Jim Crow, and in many ways continues to be racially and politically divided. In and near Jackson and during trips to Alabama, Tennessee, and the Gulf Coast (including New Orleans), students also explore current issues related to health, education, culture, and community organizing.
  • 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.

  • 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. Click here for the most up-to-date information.

  • Cost Include Description:

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

  • Experience Required

    no

  • This Program is open to

    Undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university in the United States.

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides $750 Merit scholarships, $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. Scholarships are also available for HECUA short-term programs. 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



civil rights
  • Description

    Many people in the U.S. and around the world have seen the election of President Barack Obama as a sign that racism in America is a thing of the past. America, it is said, is now a "post-racial" society, and has moved beyond a racially divided time. Yet that past was not very long ago. Obama's election came within the lifetimes of people whose parents were born into slavery in America. An African American was elected President less than fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    Even after these two landmark pieces of legislation became law, in the 1960s many communities of color struggled to find justice and equality in the United States. This HECUA program explores that era's struggles as well as current movements for equality, and dares to ask questions about racial justice in America today. During the one-month program, students meet with civil rights activists who were active in the 1960s and those who are active now, and with lawyers, politicians, educators, and youth to learn about how America's present is inextricably linked to its past. Field experiences open up connections among issues related to education, incarceration, distribution of wealth, health care, housing, employment, and the environment. Students also delve into racial identity development theory, the philosophy of nonviolence, and how social movements function. By the end of the month, students have a profound understanding of the Civil Rights Movement--its motivations, strategies, successes and failures--and they have also developed ways to make meaningful contributions to their own communities today.

  • Highlights

    The program is based in Jackson, Mississippi, where students stay at Jackson State University, one of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Mississippi typified the "Deep South" during the era of Jim Crow, and in many ways continues to be racially and politically divided. In and near Jackson and during trips to Alabama, Tennessee, and the Gulf Coast (including New Orleans), students also explore current issues related to health, education, culture, and community organizing.
  • 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.

  • 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 USD 750 Merit scholarships, two USD 1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and two $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. Scholarships are also available for HECUA short-term programs. 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
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** 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.