Community Change Studies Program

(The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, formerly the Division of Social Science)

Professor John Krinsky • Program Office: NA 4/163 • Tel: 212-650-5236

Programs and Objectives

New York City is a place of great diversity and adversity. Grassroots organizations have been at the forefront of many of struggles to address this adversity in areas from unequal education, racial discrimination, workplace abuses and low pay, gender-based violence, and a housing crisis that has become more acute than ever. Many of these groups, however, face a shortage of skilled staff members with backgrounds in organizing and advocacy; moreover, their leadership and key staff members often lack an organic relationship to the neighborhoods and constituencies they organize. The Minor in Community Change Studies will connect students with existing organizations in specially designed classes and internships that help to prepare them for social advocacy and organizing jobs as well as continuing post-graduate education in related fields.