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Fall 2019 Community Classroom Courses Open for Registration

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The Center for Community Engagement invites Austin-area residents to participate in The Community Classroom: A Space for Learning and Advocacy, which offers low-cost, six-week classes designed to equip participants with the advocacy skills they need to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods.

The classes are taught each semester collaboratively by UT faculty, staff and community partners. Listed below are the three classes that are open for enrollment this fall.

The Art of Building Social Impact

This six-week intensive course is an intimate learning experience, providing space, time and educational resources to those pursuing paths of leadership in community building, nonprofit spaces or social-impact-oriented work. The course explores identity, collaboration, sustainability and entrepreneurialism. Participants will learn to create, audit and adapt strategic plans for small businesses, creative projects and community-oriented spaces.

Instructors: Jane Hervey, founder of BossBabes ATX.

Dates and Times: Tuesdays, 6:30-8;30 p.m., Oct. 1-Nov. 7

Location: BossBabes Headquarters, 906 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 4, Unit 102

Offerings include:

  • Access to UT School of Business resources and Texas Grant Resource Center
  • A small, interactive classroom environment
  • In-depth knowledge about telling your story
  • An introduction to self-organizing and business building
  • Skills for creating structure for your social impact projects, programs or organizations
  • Evening classes and curriculum designed for busy working adults

Registration is $55 (fee waivers are available for those who need it). Deadline for registration is September 18. For more information, contact Virginia Cumberbatch: vacumberbatch@austin.utexas.edu.

Register online.

Race in America

Central Texas residents are invited to participate in a four-week community class on “Race in the Age of Trump.” This exploration of contemporary race relations in America is based on University of Texas History Professor Leonard N. Moore’s class that has been taught at UT for the past 8 years (formerly called “Race in the Age of Obama”).

By the end of the course, participants will have the tools to:

  • Engage in a fair-minded and intelligent conversation or debate on race
  • Remain resilient in the face of opinions and viewpoints you don’t agree with
  • Enhance awareness and understanding of the role of race in business, law, and policy
  • Develop an appreciation for different perspectives

Instructor: Dr. Leonard Moore, Vice President of UT Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and George W. Littlefield Professor of History. Dr. Moore was named one of UT’s the Top Ten Professors in 2015 by the Texas Exes, and his classes are filled to capacity each semester. There will be guest lecturers as well.

Dates and Times: Every Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 7-Nov. 4

Location:  Round Rock Public Library | 221 East Main Street, Round Rock, TX

Registration is $55 (fee waivers are available for those who need it). Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2klSB2e-RT. Deadline for registration is October 3. For more information, contact Virginia Cumberbatch: vacumberbatch@austin.utexas.edu.

Register online.