HECUA builds academic-community partnerships for social change, using community-based learning methods to explore the dynamic relationships between theory and practice and to equip students with skills and knowledge for building just communities and societies.
Our Approach to Teaching and Learning
HECUA employs a philosophy of education that speaks openly of values of justice in our classrooms and communities. HECUA students build the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to be engaged citizens and active changemakers. Students apply what they learn in the classroom to their work in the field, spending up to 200 hours in a supported internship developed by their host organization. HECUA faculty and internship supervisors work as co-teachers, helping students explore the link between theory and practice.
Complex issues demand that we draw materials and theories from a variety of sources and disciplines.
We constantly make connections between theory and practice. Students and teachers critically assess competing theories, based on experiences in the field and life experiences we bring to class.
Internship placements, workshops, field visits, community engagement: these experiences, and the reflections and discussions that accompany them, are integral to HECUA’s approach.
HECUA pushes students to view their program as more than an intellectual exercise. HECUA creates a space for students to see that they are capable of change, and that their actions and lived experiences have an impact on the world around them.