First-Year Scholar Civic Engagement Curriculum
Welcome first-year and other participating Puksta Scholars!
Part One – Civic Engagement Foundations
First day of classes – September 27th
- Scholars identify a starting place for their Puksta endeavors
- Scholars describe the core facets of critical service learning
- Scholars differentiate between charity and solidarity
- Scholars understand the Puksta Foundation’s approach to Civic Engagement
READING ASSIGNMENTS – Due September 27th
INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Due September 27th
Part Two – Power, Privilege & Oppression
September 29th – October 28th
- Scholars develop a shared vocabulary for their engagement throughout the Puksta program
- Scholars explore how privilege and oppression occur on the individual, cultural, and systemic levels in their own lives and in broader social contexts
- Scholars understand and apply an intersectional lens to their engagement with eco-social justice efforts
- Scholars differentiate between “diversity & inclusion” and “equity & justice”
- Scholars develop a critical self-awareness of their identities
READING/VIDEO ASSIGNMENTS – Due October 28th
INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Due October 28th
Part Three – Visionary Organizing: Case Studies
November 2nd – January 20th
- Scholars explore and interpret the following community organizing philosophies and skills:
- Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown: Methods for change work that embrace complexity, interdependence, and transformation.
- Mutual aid by Dean Spade: Solidarity-based support in which people work cooperatively to meet the needs of everyone in the community .
- Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samasinha: Radically reimagining the ways our society is structured, uplifting visions and models for care webs that create collective access from the lens of disability justice
- Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: Recognizing the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world.
- The Nap Ministry social media from Tricia Hersey: Rest is resistance.
- Scholars develop a personal community organizing philosophy that will guide their endeavors throughout the Puksta program
- Scholars begin to analyze the root causes of social injustice
For the duration of Part 3 – To broaden and deepen your knowledge of community organizing philosophies and skill sets, please follow the following organizers on social media, as well as one additional community organizer of your choice:
- adrienne maree brown: Instagram = @adriennemareebrown, Facebook = Adrienne Maree Brown
- Dean Spade: Instagram = @spade.dean, Facebook = Dean Spade
- Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samasinha: Instagram = @leahlakshmiwrites, Facebook = Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samasinha
- Robin Wall Kimmerer: Facebook = Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Tricia Hersey’s organization The Nap Ministry: Instagram = @thenapministry , Facebook = The Nap Ministry
- Community Organizer of your choice. Here is a list of great community organizers that the Puksta Foundation recommends.
READING ASSIGNMENTS – Due January 18th
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INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Due November 30th
INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Due December 30th
INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Due January 18th
INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Questions/Prompts for Retreat Discussion
Part Four – Visionary Organizing: Building Relationships
January 22nd – February 28th
- Scholars recognize relationship building as an integral facet of community organizing
- Scholars study and apply techniques for engaging in relationship development
READING ASSIGNMENTS – Due February 27th
INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Due February 27th
Part Five – Visionary Organizing in Action
March 2nd – April 24th
- Scholars observe visionary organizing in action and make connections to civic engagement principles and visionary organizing principles and case studies
- Scholars articulate the “Story of Self” component of their public narrative
- Scholars brainstorm next steps for their second year in the Puksta program
READING ASSIGNMENTS – Due April 23rd
INTEGRATION ASSIGNMENTS – Due April 23rd