Students took the following courses in 2017:
“In Our Own Words”: Family Storytelling and Oral Histories
Exploration of identity, gender, and culture through stories of immigration and family history. Learn about oral history as a vital cultural artifact that allows people to connect with family histories and heritages. Students will create an oral history project of their own, including interviews with family members, video production, and final project presentation.
The Black Arts Movement as Critical Media Literacy: From Be Bop to Hip Hop
Interdisciplinary analysis of the Black Arts Movement (BAM) (1965-1976) covering literature, visual culture, politics, aesthetics, music and Black institutional development. This course provides students with a conceptual and aesthetic framework for analyzing and understanding two major cultural phenomena: 1) the political and cultural origins of BAM; 2) the political and cultural origins of Hip-Hop. Additionally, the course examines Black art as critical media and interrogates its organized, collective forms of social change, theories of social movements and collective praxis.
Community + Art + Activism
Using art as a tool for activism, students will research, plan, and develop individual designs that address social issues relevant to their lives/community. Using accessible art techniques, students will work collaboratively to achieve goals developed by their peers and facilitator. Students will go through the process of designing, creating, and distributing their works of art. Students will present a series of 2-3 final works of art that will be distributed to communities and presented at the end of the course.
Social Justice and Social Change: Youth-led Activism
Develop critical thinking skills necessary to engage with and better understand the ways small groups of youth activists have historically acted on behalf of the common good, both locally and globally. Learn tools 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. Students will complete a final project designing an activism campaign to address a relevant social issue impacting youth in Chicago.
Hospitality 101: People, Product, Preparation
Exploration of distinct characteristics of the hospitality industry, organizational structures and principles of service excellence will be delivered in this course. Using Chicago-as-classroom, topics and assignments will engage minority–owned and managed hospitality businesses. Students will engage with hospitality professionals ranging from independent community restaurants to well-established hotels with minorities serving in key leadership positions. Pragmatic hands-on learning tactics, leadership theories, customer service principles and job skills will be central to the curriculum, as will focus on community and connections to Chicago.
For more information about the College Connect program, contact Kate Agarwal, assistant director of Community Outreach.