Community Partner Making Media Making Change

Community Partner Feature: Joua Lee Grande

Collaboration with community partners brings HECUA’s model of transformational learning to life. We know that the 15-20 hours a week students spend interning with a local organization is just as valuable as the time they spend inside the classroom. Periodically, we feature the community partners who make experiential learning possible. Joua Lee Grande (she/her/hers) co-teaches […] Read More »

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Making Media Making Change Student Blogger Study USA

Crafting New Narratives

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Darby Ottoson is HECUA’s student blogger for Making Media, Making Change this spring. They are student at University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, majoring in Strategic Communication, minoring in Environmental Sciences, Policy, Management, and Interdisciplinary […] Read More »

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Partnerships for Change

An Ethic of Care in the Classroom

Welcome to our Partnerships for Change blog series. Curious about the name? Our inspiration comes directly from HECUA’s mission statement. We are driven to “build academic-community partnerships for social change.” Please check this tag for writings, reflections, critiques, and calls to action from HECUA staff, faculty, students, community partners, and alumni. Please submit your own writings as […] Read More »


HECUA classrooms

A New Normal: Megan’s story

HECUA programs offer students a chance to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and we’d like to share a piece of that experience with you. This semester, students in our Inequality in America, Art for Social Change, and Making Media, Making Change programs are writing a series of blog posts on a topic of […] Read More »


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