Art for Social Change

Creativity, Belonging, and Transformation

Explore how neighborhoods make artists, and how artists shape neighborhoods. Create art that shapes and inspires critical connections across identities.

Spring Term

Areas of Study

  • Public art
  • Creative community engagement
  • Art and equity
  • Increasing access to the arts
  • Deepening connections using the arts

Environmental Sustainability

Ecology, Policy, and Social Transformation

Apply systems thinking and sustainability theory to real world cases. Partner with organizers transforming communities and restoring ecosystems.

Fall Term

Areas of Study

  • Environmental studies
  • Sustainability
  • Urban planning
  • Conservation and resource management

Inequality in America

Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment

Examine the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States. Gain concrete change-making skills through internships and discussions with effective activists.

Fall, Spring

Areas of Study

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology

Making Media, Making Change

Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Activism

Add your voice to the growing media justice movement. Seek out and amplify hidden stories. No production experience necessary.

Fall, Spring

Areas of Study

  • Communication
  • Film and media studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Art 

Race in America

Then and Now

Trace the history of the civil rights movement through the South. See how America’s present is inextricably linked to its past.

Summer Term

Areas of Study

  • The history of the Civil Rights movement
  • Racism and white supremacy in America
  • Community organizing and advocacy

Stories from the Field

My experience with HECUA

Straight from our students - read what they did, learned, and how they changed after going through a HECUA program.

Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer

Areas of Study

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