ARC for Social Activism

Nurturing a Passion for Change

The ARC 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, bi-monthly discussions, and engagement with ongoing social activist organizations.

Why live in the ARC 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 dialogue and create a shared language for talking 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 civic 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 with backgrounds in social justice and ethics.

What courses are required?

As a member of the ARC for Social Activism, you’ll be pre-enrolled in the following courses:

LAW 201: Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy with Professor Mary Wood

In Law 201, we’ll explore the history, major themes, regulatory framework, and application of environmental policy and law.

PHIL 102: Introduction to Ethics with Professor Camisha Russell

In Intro to Ethics, we’ll study the roots of moral and political controversy, as well as the major moral frameworks that can help us energetic and active responses to these debates.

CRES 101: Introduction to Conflict Resolution with Professor Michael Musheno

In this course, we’ll reason and work out how to respond to the dilemmas, conflicts, and divergent perspectives that are inevitable when people come together to further justice through social change.

In addition to the courses above, bi-weekly discussion sessions are required (and worthwhile!).

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.

Apply for University Housing in DuckWeb or update your housing application on the University Housing website and select “Social Activism” on the “Academic Residential Programs” section.

For more information, visit housing.uoregon.edu/socialactivism

or socialactivismatUO@uoregon.edu.