AMHERST, Mass. – Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be the training ground for high school students studying documentary film and sustainability this summer. The Honors Summer Institutes run from July 20 to Aug. 2 at the new Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community. The Honors Summer Institutes, “Documentary Filmmaking for Social Change” and the “Summer Institute in Leadership and Sustainability,” are collaborations with the UMass Amherst history department, UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT) and other campus partners.
The institute directors are seasoned professionals: EE Miller, an interdisciplinary artist, will lead the documentary filmmaking institute. EE has been teaching video production at the Five Colleges since 2011. She has also produced and consulted for artists and organizations working on a variety of pressing social issues including prison abolition, disability rights, environmental degradation, domestic violence, and LGBT visibility. Ashley Trull will lead the Summer Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (SILS). A co-founder of a sustainable transportation cooperative in Providence, Trull also founded Summer of Solutions, a summer environmental leadership program for college students in Worcester, as well as a nonprofit dedicated to community energy efficiency and weatherization projects.
Students participating in the institutes will have a college-level experience, including residing in university housing, using a campus meal plan and access to the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Optional SAT preparation and college preparation courses are offered in the evenings, and are included with the registration fee.
Commonwealth Honors College is committed to providing access to as many deserving students as possible, and is offering partial and full scholarships for those with demonstrable financial need.
Total cost for the Institutes is $2,256 (with two credits), or $2,156 (without credits). The fees cover the academic programs (including all field trips and access to filmmaking equipment), a two-week stay in the residence halls and a meal plan. Students can learn more and apply www.honors.umass.edu/summer-institutes-high-school-students.