To further our mission and to continue our efforts to serve as the “front porch” of The University of Texas in the Austin community, the Center for Community Engagement has built a new program series called the Community Classroom. The Community Classroom is a series of courses offered to community members and residents that are taught by UT faculty, staff and community partners. These classes are designed to marry theory and practice and to offer a specific skill, knowledge, or expertise to support the work of Austin community members engaging with advocacy/activism efforts, or other community-based work. It is our goal to break down the barriers that can come when working and learning in a formal educational setting and create a reciprocal and dynamic space that informs exposure, dialogue and best practices. We will work toward giving community members relevant content, organization and project exposure, community knowledge and hopefully inspiration to advocate for themselves, their community and build access, equity and capacity. These courses are meant to be accessible and thus are $50 or less for 8 weeks and are structured to create an exchange amongst community members and community though leaders.
The courses will be offered virtually via Zoom for the upcoming academic year. The Community Classroom will do its best to offer the course materials and information in the most accessible way, both audibly and digitally, with the understanding that not everyone has access to the same levels of technology.
SPRING 2021 – Register Today!
Human Centered Advocacy is a virtual 4-week course hosted by the Community Advocacy and Healing Project (CAHP). This course will provide a framework on how community members can advocate for sustainable change through a cultural, mindful, healing, and human-centered lens. Participants will learn to create, audit and adapt strategic plans for small businesses, creative projects, and community-oriented spaces.
February 11th- March 4th: Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm (CST)
- Fatima Mann, Founder of CAHP, Lawyer, Yoga Instructor
Community Education Exchange was a virtual 4-week course hosted by UT Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA). This course provided community members with policy tools and resources that can be used to communicate information to city leaders related to their concerns for equity in the city’s K-12 public education. Participants learned about policymaking, specifically on how to write a policy briefs and policy recommendations.
- Dr. Danielle Wright, Associate Director of IUPRA, UT Austin College of Education
- Dr. Tracie Lowe, Assistant Director of Assessment, IUPRA
- Annika Olson, Assistant Director of Policy, IUPRA
- Rickey Lowe, Research Associate, IUPRA