Toward Collective Liberation: Theories and Practice for Social Change

Open to all, and geared toward those engaged in community organizing, activist, social work, and nonprofit settings; also a foundational course for students in the MASC (MA in Social Change) program. Topics include visionary leadership, assessing organizational and community needs, social movement history, coalition building, power and identity, theological reflection, spiritual and emotional care for social change agents, and more. This interactive online course combines web technologies with an in-person praxis (action/reflection) component to deliver a dynamic distance learning experience for social change practitioners around the world. Participants will engage in academic scholarship, professional development, and spiritual practice responding to their particular interests, gifts, and challenges. Students will build a classroom community for peer reflection and support, while articulating and advancing their unique goals for their own learning and leadership in social change.

Please listen to an introduction to this course. The speaker is Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward, the course instructor:

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward, MASC helped pioneer the Master of Arts in Social Change program at Starr King School for the Ministry, and has served on the adjunct faculty since 2007. As a community organizer, she has built powerful campaigns and coalitions for causes including racial justice, universal healthcare, youth empowerment, and civil and human rights. Betty Jeanne has supported thousands of leaders in achieving goals, maintaining balance and developing emotional resiliency amid the often fast-paced, high-stakes, stressful environments in which social change efforts happen. Her graduate research on “Personal Sustainability and Mental Health in Social Movements” explored professional and personal struggles of social change leaders, along with strategies for long-term success. Her reflections on “Rethinking Work Culture and Self Care in the Nonprofit Sector” have been featured nationally by Idealist and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.
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