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Grassroots Community Organizing

UMass Anthropology 380

Looking for a challenging, community-engaged social justice course?


Grassroots Community Organizing is the core academic course of UACT.

The primary objective of GCO is for students to develop the capacity to learn from and act in solidarity with a wide range of communities that are organizing for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. 

In GCO, students study the ways that diverse communities effectively build powerful organizations and movements to address complex systems of marginalization, violence, and inequity. In order to engage effectively with community-based struggles for justice, GCO students also study their own diverse experiences and identities within their shared cultural context.          


The GCO classroom is facilitated by well-supported teams of highly skilled students who have engaged in an intensive UACT facilitation training program. (Learn more about our facilitators!) We learn through engagement with texts, one another, and community organizers who share their work, struggles, and knowledge with us throughout the semester. 


GCO is a five-credit advanced UMass Anthropology class open to undergraduate and graduate students across all levels, all majors, and in any of the Five Colleges.


Participation in GCO is by application only.


Applications for GCO 2022 are due November 18, 2022!

Please make sure to check out all the course info and course requirements before applying!

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