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.
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.
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" 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.
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* 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.
- Conflict Studies
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- International Relations
- Internship Programs
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- Political Science/politics
- Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
- Urban & Regional Planning
- Women's Studies
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Tuition, airfare, all field trips and experiences, meals.
Undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university in the United States.
HECUA provides $750 merit scholarships, $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for all programs in the fall and spring. 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.
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To calculate an estimate of the total cost of your program, use the Cost Estimate Template
and do the following:
1. Go to the Full Fees Breakdown document on the HECUA website, located here: https://hecua.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Full-Fees-Breakdown-19-20-v5.pdf
2. Under your program, the HECUA Fee (comprehensive) includes the cost of tuition and housing.
3. Add the items listed under the heading Additional Expense Estimates to your total.
4. In addition to these fees, add the following costs to arrive at your total cost
- Application fee - $65
- Study Abroad Administrative fee - $460
- WSU Laptop fee (semester students only) - $485
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