College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > About > Initiatives > Social Transformation Research Collaborative > Summer Institute for New Students
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.
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.
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.
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.