College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > About > Initiatives > HumanitiesX Collaborative > Fellowship Cohorts > HX 2022-2023
Each year, the
HumanitiesX Advisory Council selects a topical theme that is both timely and lends itself to humanities inquiry. In 2021, in the context of much public debate about the issue, the Council selected
The Environment: Crisis and Action as the theme for the 2022-23 academic year.
The 2022-22 cohort of HumanitiesX fellows includes three teams, each comprised of two faculty members from DePaul's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and a community partner from a Chicago-area nonprofit organization. Each team will collaboratively develop a course related to environmental issues, which will be taught in Spring Quarter 2023. In January, each team will be joined by two Student Fellows, who will assist with course development and deployment.
"Communicating with Contemporary Audiences About Environmental Action" explores Gen Z perceptions, attitudes, and motivations related to involvement in environmental causes. It also examines the characteristics and platforms that make public-facing writing for Gen Z effective. As the course unfolds, the students will use this understanding to assist our course community partner, the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) in developing Gen-Z-focused public communication to spur action on environment-related issues. To develop a strong baseline understanding of what the ATA and the broader urban/environmental nonprofit sphere care about and how they communicate to and engage with the public, students will interview peers about environmental issues and advocacy, as well as about their preferred communication styles and platforms; interview subject matter experts from the ATA; explore theories of urban space; and perform a content analysis of media from several environmental nonprofits that, like ATA, focus on transportation, the environment, and engagement. Once students have developed this baseline understanding, they will work on teams to produce effective, appealing public-facing campaign materials—likely a mix of social media posts, informative blog posts, and perhaps even a short podcast or video—for the ATA to use in their advocacy efforts.