We believe that experienced community organizers and leaders who engage in nonviolent, democratic mobilizations for justice, equality, and recognition are vital educators for the next generation of social justice activists, organizers, and scholars.
Our goal is always to engage in relationships that feed both UACT students' learning and UACT partners' community organizing.
UACT's local, regional, and national partnerships provide transformative learning opportunities for our students. Our partners teach UACT students about social justice organizing in diverse contexts through curricular Alternative Breaks, internships, workshops, lectures, and other learning exchanges.
UACT brings the following resources to our partnerships:
* a well-established, faculty-supported structure for supporting intensive beginning student engagement with community organizing (through our GCO course)
* courses and independent studies that can be designed around particular community partner organizing or research projects
* funded and highly motivated advanced student interns
* expertise in community-based participatory research and community facilitation methodologies
Our partnerships are designed collaboratively. We're always interested in cultivating new partnerships with community-based organizations that are building power and developing the skills of community members and leaders.
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Spring 2014 Community Partners
Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little to no voice in our society. By building relationships with individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.
MPA's purpose is to bring individuals and organizations together to realize shared goals. They focus on leadership development to increase the number of citizen leaders prepared to work for positive social change. MPA is known for their ability to do grassroots organizing and education that reaches more than 100,000 Mainers each year with direct personal contact and quality leadership development work that has yielded dozens of leaders and staff for MPA and other organizations.
Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) in Boston, Massachusetts.
ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. ACE is anchoring a movement of people who have been excluded from decision-making to confront power directly and demand fundamental changes in the rules of the game, so together we can achieve our right to a healthy environment.
Other Community Partners
Worcester Roots and Stone Soup Collective in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The mission of Stone Soup is to build grassroots power by connecting and enriching groups and individuals in our communities who are working for social justice in Worcester, MA. The collective is building community and economies based in cooperation and creativity while resisting oppression and gentrification.
Springfield No One Leaves in Springfield, Massachusetts.
SNOL is a group of community organizations and organizers dedicated to helping former owners and tenants stay in their homes after foreclosure. SNOL mobilizes tenants and former homeowners living in recently or about to be foreclosed homes (bank tenants) to stop evictions, protect Springfield’s housing and communities, and mobilize bank tenants to fight back against major lending institutions and banks that are tearing our communities apart.
Just Communities / Comunidades Justas
Just Communities of Western Mass is a base-building organizing committee dedicated to fighting for the rights of immigrants and refugees, including expanding and defending workers rights, with the vision of making the state of Massachusetts the antithesis of Arizona - the safest state in the country for immigrants. Step one is building the organization to develop a new base of immigrant leaders in Western Massachusetts to participate in and lead community organizing campaigns.
Past Community Partners
Alliance to Develop Power in Springfield, Massachusetts.
City Life (Vida Urbana) in Boston, Massachusetts.
Concerned Citizens for Cape Charles in Cape Charles, Virginia.
Ivanhoe Civic League in Ivanhoe, Virginia.
Jonestown Community Development Resource and Activity Center in Jonestown, Mississippi.
New Road Community Development Group in Exmore, Virginia.
Nuestras Raíces in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Nueva Esperanza in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Interested in Partnering with UACT?
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