How Everett Works
Our educational philosophy is rooted in a holistic approach to learning that engages students in linking theory, practice and personal development, through hands-on work contributing to social justice and environmental sustainability with community partners.
Hands on Tech
Our technology for social change approach is not so much a matter of learning specific technical skills, but rather gaining confidence and motivation to develop technology self-learning. This includes problem solving techniques, ensuring technology is controlled, developed and used by historically marginalized people and organizations, and can be effectively harnessed in the pursuit of social change and civic participation. Our peer-to-peer and near-to-peer approach helps break down barriers to technology access.
Hearts on Change
Leadership is the ability to bring each individual’s gifts, knowledge, and resources to the table with respect to all stakeholders in order to create compassionate, strategic, and visionary results. This component of the Everett Program aims to support student resilience, team cohesion, and professional communication skills. We help students: 1) embody and reflect a growth mindset; 2) be self-reflective and aware of power and privilege in communication and leadership dynamics; and 3) develop empathetic and collaborative leadership styles.
Heads on Justice
Students in our program learn about key features of the information revolution and network society, in both a local and global context. They develop the capacity to understand systems, and how to research and analyze their structures and dynamics. We emphasize the ability to analyze and evaluate the strengths and limitations of different social justice strategies, and analyzing the role of information technology in shaping systems dynamics and power relationships. Students also learn how to conduct applied organizational needs analysis around information and communication systems.
Sociology 30A provides the introductory theory and methods training for students participating in the Everett Program and/or the Sociology Department’s intensive major and minor, Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES). Overall this course has three central objectives:
1. To provide a broad and critical introduction to how globalization and new information and communications technologies are involved in all aspects of contemporary economic change, social interaction, and cultural development.
2. To explore how civil society actors–including social movement organizers, activists, social entrepreneurs, community developers and ordinary community residents—are responding to the challenges of these changes.
3. To introduce processes of community-engaged research and organizational assessment, particularly as it relates to the Everett Program
In this class, student cultivate their capability to take action and strengthen their skills of self-initiated leadership, critical reflection, strategic thinking as well as various practical skills needed for designing impactful social projects. In the process of developing a specific project with a community partners, By the end of this course students:
1. Have developed a critical understanding of the factors that make for successful projects and their relationship to social movements and social enterprise strategies for social change.
2. Understand the processes that go into developing a full project proposal, including planning, developing clear goals and objectives, project implementation plans, monitoring and evaluation systems, timelines, and budget.
3. Have developed a relationship with a project partner, and developed their own detailed proposal for an ICT-related project in collaboration with that partner
4. Have confidence and motivation in technology-related problem-solving and self-learning and learn to use technology effectively in social change work and civic participation
Sociology 107B is the third course in the Everett Program sequence focusing on project management and implementation in solidarity with a nonprofit organization partner. It is designed to integrate the knowledge students have acquired in 30A and 107A, and empower them to implement their project with their partner organization in a way that advances social justice and sustainable development. Specific learning objects include:
1. Learn necessary skills for successful project implementation including project management skills, distance collaboration and communication skills, monitoring and evaluation skills, and so forth.
2. Engage in implementing impactful social change project in collaboration with a local or global community partner.
Sociology 196G is the last course in the Everett Program sequence. It is also the final requirement for the Sociology Major with Intensive Concentration or Minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES). In this course, students who have completed their Everett project implementation are invited to reflect on their experiences, articulate their findings and lessons, and share their messages with others. Students are expected to write and submit their Project Practicum by the end of the course.
By the end of this course, students are be able to
1. Understand deeper meanings of their project experience and its impact on personal growth, partner organization and broader social change.
2. Communicate their project experience effectively by developing skills to articulate, visualize and deliver their messages for different types of audience through different means of communications.