Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Shaping the Future of Activism on Campus


How can one affect change? Whether it's thinking about a circle of friends, the community, state or nation, many students are perplexed about how they can use their voices to make a difference. Recognizing a need for direction and influence, Ohio University – Chillicothe will begin offering a new course centered around civic activism starting this spring.

In the sprit of conjuring deep analytical thinking and going beyond conversations in an enriching liberal arts fashion, this course, simply titled Activism, will explore the topic from diverse viewpoints and multiple instructors.

Throughout the class, students will be exposed to 11 different guest lecturers who are industry leaders in their fields of psychology, political science, history, sociology, and art to name a few, and who bring a dynamic viewpoint as to how students can get involved and in what form activism can take.

“I think this kind of interdisciplinary collaboration is imperative to preparing our students for what lies ahead in their careers, but also on the importance of being engaged in their communities with activism and service work,” said Sarah Webb, Social Work lecturer and course contributor.

Debra Nickles, OUC Assistant Professor in English, spearheaded the creation of the course with the collaboration of numerous professors, colleagues and lecturers.

“We’re already doing the work of approaching the issues of activism on the campus,” said Nickles. “I want to honor what’s already happening by providing a course that brings these ideas together for students and creates a space to engage new ways of participating in local, national and global communities.”

Students can expect a blended course of instruction featuring both online discussions and in class lectures and work. The fundamentals of activism, how its defined, used and transformed into a productive movement will be the main topics of the class.

Dr. Tony Vinci, Professor of English and future guest lecturer, hopes students can gain a deep understanding for what they can do tomorrow to become empowered to pursue daily problems in their life, community and beyond.

Students interested in taking WGS 2000, Activism, can speak to an advisor for registration. Questions on the class can be directed to Debra Nickles at nickles@ohio.edu.

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