J-Term 2014: Conscious Social Change



J-Term 2014: Conscious Social Change


Thu., Jan 2 2014 - 7:45 AM to Fri., Jan 10 2014 - 7:45 AM

January Term: CONSCIOUS SOCIAL CHANGE: GDS 3559, PPOL 5225, NUIP 4005, RELG 3559

In January 2014, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the Contemplative Sciences Center at U.Va. will partner with Global Grassroots to launch a unique program in Conscious Social Change at the intersection of personal leadership, global citizenship, social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and contemplation.

The Conscious Social Change course, which will be offered at U.Va. as a two week JTerm course, is an experiential education program designed and taught by Gretchen Wallace, president of Global Grassroots, in coordination with U.Va. professors David Germano (Contemplative Sciences Center, Tibet Center)) and Christine Mahoney (Batten). The course provides future leaders with the skills to invest in their own self understanding and initiate social change or engage in community service mindfully, sustainably and with impact at home or abroad. The program incorporates four components: conscious leadership practices, social entrepreneurship tools, conscious social change methodologies, and contemplative ideas and practices. After completing this program, students should be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to:

  • Deepen cultural awareness and global citizenship skills and work collaboratively under a conscious social change and participatory paradigm in a foreign or domestic context to support communities in advancing self-sufficiency and wellness.
  • Employ social entrepreneurship frameworks to diagnose the root causes of an issue and to design a solution that will create conscious, sustainable, and systemic change
  • Pursue personal growth practices that foster responsible, ethical, and compassionate leadership

This January Term 2014 course is offered under rubrics for the School of Nursing (NUIP 4005), Global Development Studies (GDS 3559), Public Policy (PPOL 5225), and Religious Studies (RELG 3559).

Instructor: Gretchen Wallace

See here for more information.

Course Syllabus here.