Spring 2016 Study Away: Intro to the Study of Community in Detroit (SSC-1010)
Travel Dates: May 7 – 17, 2016
Rock City. The Motor City. Motown. The D. Detroit: an iconic American city that rose as an economic engine and cultural hub throughout much of the 20th century and then declined in importance as money and jobs were shed from the area. Now the decades-long decline is in reversal as communities rise up in The 313 and join together to rebuild, reshape, and rethink what a great American city can and should be. Join CCV as we investigate Detroit and learn the lessons it has to share about community. We’ll visit the city for 11 days in May to witness and explore firsthand the ways in which individuals, neighborhoods, and an entire city are working to strengthen the Motor City and change its reputation. Read the course description.
Join us this spring as we experience the rebirth of a city and the strengthening of community. On this trip you’ll:
- Learn about the cycling community’s efforts to build a more bike-friendly Detroit while touring the city by bike
- Explore and experience art through the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Heidelberg Project, and the Motown Museum
- Dig in to great regional cuisine such Detroit Coney Dogs, barbecue, deep-dish square pizza, and Greek fare
- Get your hands dirty and participate in service learning projects such as tree planting and volunteering with community food projects
- Learn how businesses such as Quicken Loans and The Empowerment Plan are making an impact in Detroit
- Examine the criminal justice and restorative justice systems of Detroit
- Visit with Detroit youths and seniors to hear about the challenges and opportunities they see in their city
Meet the Instructor
Greg Stefanski lives in Johnson with his wife, Jen, and their children Declan, Cecilia, and Ronan. Greg is the executive director at Laraway Youth & Family Services in Johnson where he works to help kids and their families build and strengthen their communities. He has taught several classes at CCV-Morrisville. Greg grew up just outside of Detroit and over the last 10 years has taken several trips to the Motor City to work with community builders. In 2014, he helped coordinate a service trip to Detroit with students from Johnson State College. Greg is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government. He earned a Masters of Education at Johnson State College and a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Languages at Concordia University.
Ready to Head to Detroit?
Are you ready to sign up, hop on board, and hit Rock City for an eleven-day blitz of volunteering, exploring, and learning? Download the details, fill out the forms, and register today.
- Spring 2016 Study Abroad Application Procedures
- Spring 2016 Study Abroad Information Packet
- Spring 2016 Study Abroad Application Packet
Oh, and yes, we’ll be doing some Motown…
Rebirth of The 313
From down and out to up and coming, the Motor City is roaring back. Check it:
- Fortune Magazine: Motor-less City? Bankrupt Detroit’s booming bike industry
- The Atlantic: Scenes From a Changing Detroit
- Mashable: Detroit: It’s not a blank slate
- Fox News: Fixing Detroit: America’s comeback city?
- The Chicago Tribune: Shinola’s Detroit story a successful sell