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HECUA : Race in America: Then and Now (Mississippi)
Jackson, Mississippi, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/04/2018 06/29/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
Program Term(s):
Summer
Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Prerequisites:
No
Previous Language Study Req?:
No
Language of Instruction:
English
Language courses offered:
None
Housing Options:
Dormitory
Areas of Study:
African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Criminology, Culture, Education, Film, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Humanities, Independent Study, Interdisciplinary Design, Journalism, Law, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Religion/Theology, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's Studies
Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Short Term, Study Center, Theme based
Additional Program Options:
Community Engagement, Field Study
Program Description:

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Description:

The summer of 2014 saw the beginning of a dramatic shift in public conversation around race in the United States. As the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and other unarmed black men dominated the news, powerful protests forced Americans to confront the twin realities of institutionalized racism and police brutality. Protests spilled onto the highways of major cities, occupied shopping malls, and dominated digital spaces, framing dissent around a single rallying cry, originally posted as a Facebook status by 33 year old Alicia Garza: "Black lives matter."

Race in America: Then and Now dives into questions of racial justice in America today, and the continuing role of race in the United States. Students meet with civil rights activists who were active in the 1960s, and those who are active now, as well as lawyers, politicians, educators and youth. Field experiences open up connections among issues related to education, incarceration, distribution of wealth, health care, housing, employment, and the environment. By the end of the month, students have a profound understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and its motivations, strategies, successes and failures. They have also developed ways to make meaningful contributions to their own communities. 
  • Highlights

    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" 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.
  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Qualifications

    * 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.

  • Languages

    • English
  • Subject Areas

    • Communications
    • Conflict Studies
    • Culture
    • Development Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Geography
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Internship Programs
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/politics
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Program fees:

    Member and non-member school use different fee structures. Click here for the most up-to-date information.

  • Cost Include Description:

    Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.

  • Experience Required

    no

  • This Program is open to

    Undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university in the United States.

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides $750 Merit scholarships, $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. Scholarships are also available for HECUA short-term programs. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online or Paper Application
    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript



More information at the HECUA Race in America webpage >>>

Gustavus information

HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.

Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.

Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.