Social Action Course Initiative Launched

In partnership with Scott Myers-Lipton, PhD. from San Jose State University and author of Change! A Student Guide to Social Action, the Bonner Foundation has launched an initiative to work with faculty interested in learning how to teach students “social action” skills and strategies to bring about policy change.   

Social action is part of Bonner’s commitment to strengthening our third and fourth year experience, which you can read about here and hear. We also held a two-day faculty development workshop on social action at our 2018 Summer Leadership Institute.

This fall we are working with faculty who are teaching or are in the process of developing new courses to teach “social action.”  Scott Myers-Lipton led our first webinar in late August, and we have will continue meeting via webinar once a month over the 2018-19 academic year.  We invite other faculty and staff, both in the Bonner network and outside of it, to become part of this “learning and doing” community, which includes an email discussion list to facilitate on-going sharing and discussion. 

Below are the names of the faculty and the social action classes that will be taught this academic year at 12 colleges and universities:

  • Begoña Caballero-Garcia, Wofford College, Spanish, “Advanced Oral conversation and Social Action”

  • Carlos Davidson, San Francisco State, Environmental Studies, ENVS 530: “Environmental Leadership and Organizing”

  • Cynthia Kaufman, De Anza Community College,

  • David Harker, Ithaca College, Sociology/Center for Civic Engagement,

  • Jill Gill, Boise State, History, Director, Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative, “Human Rights - Past and Present”

  • Karen Morgaine (CSUN), CSU Northridge, Sociology, SOCI 484: “Progressive Community Organizing”

  • Kent Glezner, Middlebury Institute of Intl Studies at Monterey, Graduate School of International Policy and Management, DPPG 8553A: “Changing Economic Policy: What Advocates Need to Know about Economics”

  • Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno, “Social Justice Colloquium”

  • Matthew Jendian, CSU Fresno, Sociology/Humanics Program, “Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Community Organizing”

  • Miriam Shakow, The College of New Jersey, Anthropology, ANT 246: “Climate Change and Society”

  • Sean Crossland, Salt Lake Community College, Thayne Center for Service & Learning, SLSS 2100: “Developing Civic Engaged Leaders”; MACL 620 “Advanced Community Organizing”

  • Scott Myers-Lipton, San Jose State, Sociology, SOCI 164: “Social Action”

To learn more, please contact Scott Myers-Lipton at or Robert Hackett at