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Cornell William Brooks

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Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations; Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice
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The pandemics of police brutality and COVID-19 demonstrate that the fight for justice is multigenerational and multifaceted. Angela Davis, the activist, philosopher, and academic, reminds us that, “sometimes we have to do the work even though we don't yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it's actually going to be possible”. Amidst generationally unprecedented activism, advocates around the world make demands for social justice through visions, strategies and campaigns—with varying degrees of success. Working with the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, municipal and state government, as well as national/state advocacy organizations, a select cohort of students will work to address current injustices in real time—with a focus on what is demonstrably effective.

Specifically, a very select cohort of students will develop visions, strategies and campaigns as well as legislative, policy, best practice, organizing, communication, and moral framing strategies to address injustices related to police brutality and Covid-19.  Some groups of students will work with client state governments to develop studies, plans, campaigns and strategies to address racial, ethnic, generational and regional inequities related to the pandemic.  Similarly, other student groups will work with mayors and municipal governments to develop studies, plans, campaigns and strategies related to police brutality and calls to “defund the police.” Students will employ principles such as moral ambition, perfect/imperfect victims, concentric/consecutive coalitions, and scholarship as an organizing tool.

The course size is limited to 30 students, with a few slots reserved for non-HKS students. This is an application based course.  Interested students should fill out the google form at this link:  https://forms.gle/ygVbANxshxh9v1e3A

Also offered by the Divinity School as HDS 3093. The course size is limited to 30 students, with a few slots reserved for non-HKS students. This is an application based course.  Interested students should fill out the google form at this link:  https://forms.gle/ygVbANxshxh9v1e3A