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UConn Launches New Minor

UConn introduces a new minor focused on social justice, but not without pushback.

Audrey Bowers

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The University of Connecticut will soon 0ffer a minor in social justice organizing beginning in fall semester, which will allow students to practice community organizing and political advocacy, according to Campus Reform.

According to the university, the minor “provides interdisciplinary classroom instruction in the theories, histories and formation of social identities, structural inequalities, and movements to foster social justice and equity in the United States.”

In order to earn this minor, students will have to complete 15 credits.

  • “Identities, Intersections, and Categories of Analysis” (Group A)
  • “State Structures and Systems of Inequality and Control” (Group B)
  • as well as six credits related to “Creating Social Justice, Equity, and Freedom” (Group C)
  • “service learning/internship” (Group D), in which students will “learn about valuable experiences and practical skills in social justice community organizing.”

Some of the courses available include “Masculinities,” “Black Feminist Politics,” “Gender Politics and Islam,” and of course the “Service Learning/Internship,” where they can put what they learned into practice.

Joseph Gatti, president of Turning Point USA at UConn, told Campus Reform that while he is a libertarian who believes that “having a school with a diverse education is a good thing,” he has concerns about the integrity of the program, arguing that students should be exposed to both sides of the current political climate.

This minor is offered by the Africana Studies; Asian and Asian-American Studies; El Instituto: Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments and is being introduced during the 2018-2019 school year.

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Audrey Bowers recently graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in English. Bowers is currently an MFA candidate at Butler University. They are the editor in chief of Brave Voices Magazine and formerly the assistant managing editor of The Broken Plate.

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