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Summer Institute for New Students

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2022 Summer Institute on the Humanities of Healing and Restoration
July 25-29, 2022 | Influencers for Racial and Social Justice

DePaul’s new Social Transformation Research Collaborative (STRC) examines and celebrates the cultural forms and traditions that people of color have created to survive historical and structural violence. Our stories, art, food, music, history, poetry, and religious practices have been, and are, sources of resilience, rebuilding, and intellectual community.

Look Up by Maici Williams
"Look Up" by Maici Williams

We are very excited to invite newly admitted DePaul undergraduates to join our Collaborative by applying for a one week Summer Institute on Influencers for Racial and Social Justice.

If selected, the new undergraduates will join a dynamic group of faculty, staff, current and past DePaul students, and special guests to explore the theme through interdisciplinary conversation, readings, lectures, and field trips.

How can we influence change to advance racial justice and social transformation?

We are all now familiar with the concept of the “influencer”—people who use the tools of social media to project an image of individual wealth, success, style, or fame that can be consumed or imitated by others.

Rather than monetizing our personal identities in order to create consumer desire or sell products, the Summer Institute will ask students to consider how we can become influencers of a different kind.

Students will explore questions like:

  • How have influential people of color—public intellectuals, activists, community leaders—exposed racism and other forms of inequality and injustice, and demanded or inspired social change?
  • How did people of color use the social technologies of their time to raise awareness about structural problems and envision a better future that benefits us all collectively?
  • How did they inform action and build new structures of anti-violence and anti-racism using speech (religious and secular), writing, poetry, fiction, music, art, photography, and other humanistic expressions?
  • In what ways can we appropriate today’s social media, creative writing, visual and performative art, music, etc. to raise awareness about past and present structural societal problems and inequalities?
  • How do we envision a better future?

What are the costs?

In addition to meeting new friends and mentors and learning more about DePaul, students will earn two hours of college elective credit; all travel, on-campus room and board, fees, and tuition expenses will be paid by DePaul.

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