"Putting theory into action"

GWS 295 is a two-credit course offered in the fall or spring semesters. The course comprises theoretical readings in community organizing and leadership with supervised practical work at designated community-based agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations or campus-based sites. Two credit hours, pass/not passed marking. May be taken in conjunction with one of the core courses required for the major.

Here's what students have to say about GWS 295:

"Training for Transformation is one of the courses that is geared towards training future student-activists. The community placement in this course, takes learning outside the halls of academia and puts a raw, human face to the realities that we often theorize and discuss about. I had the honor to work with Hearing Youth Voices - a group of New London high school students who want to raise critical consciousness at their local community. I highly recommend this class for folks who are down to do some praxis (putting theory into action)."

- Jovanni Jauregui, Class of 2013, Gender and Women's Studies Major and Scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA)

"As someone who hadn't taken many GWS classes prior to Training for Transformation, I was happily surprised by the content and flexibility of the class. Not only did the class introduce me to an issue that I'm now exploring through PICA and want to spend the rest of my life working on, but it also gave me an excellent opportunity to work with a local organization in New London. And, I'm still working with that organization today."

- Molly Pachay, Class of 2015, Sociology Major and Scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA)