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Community for Social Activism

Community for Social Activism

The Social Activism Community is full for the 2018-19 academic year.

Nurturing a Passion for Change

The Academic Residential Community for Social Activism is a learning environment for students passionate about the pursuit of justice and social change. Through legal studies, ethics, and conflict studies, you’ll figure out how to mobilize people, create agendas, and build processes of sustainable social activism. Your experience will include tailored course work, bimonthly discussions, and engagement with social activist organizations.

Why live in the Community for Social Activism?

If you want to study, engage, and live in a community with other students who are serious about social justice, if you want to be a part of a culture that values diversity, collaboration, and academic excellence, the ARC for Social Activism is for you. Living in this ARC, you’ll learn to exchange views and create a shared language to talk about issues of identities, race, class, and gender that are shaping the present human condition. You’ll learn how to bridge differences, build coalitions, and create a vision for integrating social justice engagement with long term personal and career goals. You’ll also have access to committed faculty members, resident assistants, academic advising services, and a law librarian.

What courses are required?

As a member of this ARC, you’ll be pre-enrolled in three courses.

  • LAW 201: Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy (4 credits). Social Science group satisfying.
  • PHIL 102: Introduction to Ethics (4 credits). Arts and Letters group satisfying.
  • CRES 101: Introduction to Conflict Resolution (4 credits), winter and spring terms
  • All courses satisfy specific major and/or minor requirements.


This community is located in Kalapuya Ilihi. Please note that Academic Residential Communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes. 

Who is eligible and how do I apply?

All first-year students are eligible. A demonstrated interest in and passion for sustainable social activism on a local, national, and global scale is required.

  • First - Apply for University Housing and select Community for Social Activism on the "Community Preference" section.
  • Second - Complete the "Community Questions" section on the housing application. This will ensure that the faculty director will be able to review your application to live in this community. The faculty director will be in contact with you before summer to determine your placement in this community.

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