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HECUA Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Lang. of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Housing: Apartments, Student responsibility
Areas of Study: American Studies, Business, Communications, Culture, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Humanities, Internships, Law, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Service Learning, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's Studies
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


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA