Enroll in the Spring Gateway Course: “Border Crossing”
Applying for the spring 2019 gateway course is the first step in joining SOL. In your application essay, we will ask you to outline your interest in taking the class. You can learn more about SOL at one of our info sessions in in the fall.
Upon your acceptance to the course, we will give you a permission number for PPS263: Border Crossing. The class is designed to help you develop the historical, diagnostic, and critical reflection skills necessary for investigating and implementing transformative political work. You will receive training in historical analysis, political and ethical debate, and basic research methods, all within a leadership framework for solving complex problems in the public arena. Through challenging readings, lively discussions, and reflective writing, you will learn about political leadership as the art of working productively with people who disagree with you, finding ways to build a bigger we that generates systemic political change.
Conduct a Community-Based Research Project
During the SOL Gateway Course, you will have the opportunity to apply for a summer research grant. The SOL summer grant application is due in early March, and we will provide training in how to complete the proposal.
To apply for the SOL grant, you will need to design a community-based research (CBR) project proposal that outlines your research project design and budget, describes your community partner, and lists your faculty mentor.
You officially become a SOL student when you accept a SOL grant. Accepting the grant signifies a commitment to complete your CBR project during the summer and to take the SOL capstone seminar in the fall. CBR Projects typically last 8 to 12 weeks.
During the summer you will work with your community partner to refine your CBR project. You will also submit weekly writing assignments to the HLP writing coach and the Research Service Learning Coordinator detailing the progress of your research as well as your reflections on your learning experience.
Enroll in the SOL Capstone Class
After completing the summer CBR project, SOL students take the fall capstone course entitled “The Practice of Political Leadership,” the course allows students to reassess their summer experiences with special attention to the systemic challenges and opportunities that exist for political change in the arenas and locales that students care most about. Working in groups and using history, students will discuss strategies for creating political change and ways of mobilizing institutions and implementing collective solutions to pressing contemporary political problems. Students will also learn how to organize campaigns for political change, including but not limited to learning the skills needed to run for higher office.