Community Organizing for Social Justice Teach-Out


This Teach-Out examines core concepts of community organizing for social justice in societies that are becoming more segregated and more diverse. It provides perspectives on organizing which increases dialogue, challenges discrimination, and creates changes. These perspectives provide a new approach which recognizes differences and bridges boundaries. We will draw on organizing by young people and adult allies in schools and communities - wherever segregation and diversity are increasing.

This form of organizing has special relevance in contemporary societies whose political leaders express bias and bigotry; ridicule racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; and/or campaign against social justice values.

A Teach-Out is:

-an event – it takes place over a fixed, short period of time

-an opportunity – it is open for free participation to everyone around the world

-a community – it will be joined by a large number of diverse individuals

-a conversation – an opportunity to give and take ideas and information from people

The University of Michigan Teach-Out Series provides just-in-time community learning events for participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community, including faculty experts. The U-M Teach-Out Series is part of our deep commitment to engage the public in exploring and understanding the problems, events, and phenomena most important to society.

Teach-Outs are short learning experiences, each focused on a specific current issue. Attendees will come together over a few days not only to learn about a subject or event but also to gain skills. Teach-Outs are open to the world and are designed to bring together individuals with wide-ranging perspectives in respectful and deep conversation. These events are an opportunity for diverse learners and a multitude of experts to come together to ask questions of one another and explore new solutions to the pressing concerns of our global community. Come, join the conversation!

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  • Barry Checkoway

    Barry Checkoway


    School of Social Work


5 out of 5 stars

January 30, 2018

The first week was great but the second week needs lots of work although it does have some good information. I think the drop in responses between the two weeks shows the need to bring the second half up to the level of the first. All the sentences about "in your school" need rephrasing for this online course. While the youth program looks wonderful the final round table is embarrassingly racist, sexist and classist and should be removed immediately or offered as an example of what not to do. It would be nice if "Next Steps" could be a short follow-up module. Thanks you for offering this. .

5 out of 5 stars

January 30, 2018

I really enjoyed the interesting ideas and concepts this gave me and it probably gave to the entire community who signed up for this. I am looking forward for more.

5 out of 5 stars

January 30, 2018

I want you to include Native Americans in this. Thank You!

2 out of 5 stars

January 29, 2018

Very disappointing. The material is very basic and very focused on U.S issues. The moderators seem out of touch to say the least. (I received a brief email on the night before the course ended from one indicating that she had "just checked" the quiz and it was working properly. This was reply to a concern about the quiz not scoring correctly that I had made 12 DAYS BEFORE, and 10 DAY AFTER THE ERROR HAD BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED in the discussion board and I took the quiz with a 100% result.