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College Connect 2018
Each student completed one of the following courses in 2018:
If you'd like information about next year's College Connect program, contact Kate Agarwal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 325-8375.
CC201801 - Art and Literature of the Marginalized: Chicago Focus
Subject: English literature
This course will focus on
the ways in which marginalized groups and individuals use literature and
art to express their identity and struggles and to have a voice and
elicit change in society. Among other works, we will focus particularly
on African-American and Latino-American literature with a focus on
Chicago writers. Readings will also include non-fiction work dealing
with rights of workers and the poor. Field trips will be to historic and
contemporary locations of struggle and change in Chicago, as well as
museums potentially including the Willie Dixon Blues Foundation, the
Chicago History Museum, the Pilsen neighborhood, the DuSable Museum, and
the Haymarket Riots memorial - places which exhibit and celebrate art
and literature of the marginalized.
CC201802 - Cybersecurity in Action
Subject: Computer science
An experiential learning class where students will apply the classroom
knowledge to solve practical cybersecurity problems in systems,
software, networks, and web applications. Through practical laboratory
exercises, students will experience the elements and issues with
cybersecurity of popular systems in action, letting them acquire a
hands-on experience. For the final project, students will work to solve a
real-world cybersecurity problem with the goal of creating more secure
systems and thorough understanding emerging threats.
CC201803 - Social Justice and Social Change: Youth-led Activism
Subject: Social justice
this course, students will develop the critical thinking skills
necessary to engage with and more fully understand the ways small groups
of youth activists have historically acted on behalf of the common
good, both locally and globally. Students will build a framework to
critically analyze relevant case studies of youth-led social movements,
including the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the Otpor! movement
in Serbia, and movements for immigrant and racial justice. A handful of
practical skills necessary for budding activists will be explored.
Students will gain hands-on experience completing a project that
embodies activist involvement, outlining a campaign that would transform
a social issue impacting youth in Chicago.
CC201804 - Introduction to WordPress and Web Development
Subject: Web development
course, through laboratory work, lectures, and hands-on group projects,
will introduce students to website design using WordPress. Students
will learn fundamental principles of how WordPress and other Content
Management Systems (CMSs) work, how to manage unstructured digital
media, how to simplify publication of Web content, and locate and link
content at any level of an organization. Discussions will focus on
website design and development tasks, key users, their roles and
responsibilities, collaborative workflow, and versioning. Students will
become familiar with WordPress CMSs and implement a system using
WordPress open source software and Cloud9 development environment.
CC201805 - Sankofa: Political History of Black Chicago
Subject: Political science / law
The word Sankofa, from the Twi language of Ghana, is the foundation of self actualization which can be seen as the most basic form of political interest. This
course will examine the Black Chicago political experience with a goal
of gaining a deeper understanding of the reasons why the Black community
may hold particular political viewpoints and how they developed over
time. We will explore the origins of the American political system, the
evolution of American Civil Rights movement, and how the Reconstruction
Era gave rise to the “The Great Black Migration” from the South and
paved the way for the emerging Black Chicago political perspectives.
CC201806 - Art as an Agent for Change
Subject: Art and Activism
has always been a tool used by people to confront injustice and
propagate social change. This course will explore the ways in which both
artists and non-artists use visual representation to reveal issues and
engage people in political and social discourse. We will explore how
image has been used in advertisement, billboards, the internet, and
media outlets to sustain injustices and inequalities. Conversely, we
will consider how artists incorporate modes of activism to question,
protest, and engage those systems. Students will learn essential
techniques in drawing, painting, and print-making to be able to
recognize how they are commonly used and to create their own messaging.
By coupling these techniques with writing and a critical examination of
social ills students are guided to creative solutions. We will focus on
portraiture and storytelling as two especially influential methods.
When combined, they convey powerful individual expressions that respond
to the social and political landscape.
The College Connect application for summer 2019 will open in February.