Spaces Available in Practicing Democracy

imgres-2Practicing Democracy is a 1.5 credit CSPL course that has spaces available for the spring. Taught by Mary Hannah Henderson, the course is aimed toward juniors and seniors of any major. It meets on Thursdays from 1:10-4pm. Here is the course description below: 

Organizing can make a difference in addressing major public challenges that require civic action, especially by those whose voices will lead by identifying, recruiting, and developing more leadership; building community around that leadership; and building power from the resources of that community. In this course, each student accepts responsibility for organizing constituents to achieve an outcome by the end of the semester. As reflective practitioners, students learn from critical analysis of their leadership of this campaign. We focus on five key practices: turning values into motivated action through narrative; building relationships committed to common purpose; structuring leadership collaboratively; strategizing to turn resources into the power to achieve outcomes; and turning commitments into measurable action enabling learning, accountability, and adaption.


Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.