How are ordinary people moved to extraordinary action? The Black Freedom Movement (also known as the Civil Rights Movement) of the 1950s and 60s, and more recent movements such as Black Lives Matter offer a fertile ground for exploration of this question. Race in America students examine multiple movements for racial and economic justice as they journey into the painful history of white supremacy in the United States.
Explore the roots of racism from slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement, to current movements for racial and environmental justice. Meet with community leaders and organizers working for justice.
A significant portion of the program focuses on the history of the Black Freedom Movement. Students hear first-person accounts from movement leaders integral to organizing campaigns in the South. Field visits to sites such as the Equal Justice Initiative, the Whitney Plantation, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge deepen historical knowledge and offer models for activism and engagement.
Students are also introduced to a new generation of leaders building upon this legacy and their work around education, criminal justice reform, voting rights, environmental justice, and economic opportunity. Students leave the program with a profound understanding of past and current movements for justice, new lenses with which to examine issues of power and oppression, and a deepened understanding of their own desire and capacity to make change. Read more about Race in America.
This program is a 6-credit (4 credits for students at the University of Minnesota) summer program.
HighlightsThe 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" politically and socially 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.
- Conflict Studies
- Development Studies
- International Relations
- Internship Programs
- Liberal Arts
- Political Science/politics
- Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
- Urban & Regional Planning
- Women's Studies
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Cost Include Description:
Tuition, airfare, all field trips and experiences, meals.
This Program is open to
Undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university in the United States who have completed their first year of college.
Scholarships are Available
HECUA provides Scholarships for Social Justice and Scholarships for Racial Justice for all programs in the fall and spring semesters. Scholarships are also available for HECUA short-term programs, with specific funds designated for the Race in America program. 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
- Letters of Reference
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2021||03/01/2021 **||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.