Although Professor Niemeyer has taught this course for over ten years, both in an in-person and hybrid format, Spring 2014 marked the first time an AC course was offered entirely online. Fittingly enough, the course examines how the growth of online participation influences the development of and intersects online and residential communities. Students participate in online discussions surrounding internet culture or cyberculture within a modern context, as well as categories of personhood that make up the UC Berkeley American Cultures rubric (race and ethnicity), as well as gender,...
Launched in January 2010 as a partnership between the American Cultures Center and the Public Service Center, the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program aims to transform how faculty’s community-engaged scholarship is valued, to enhance learning for students through a combination of teaching and practice, and to create new knowledge that has an impact both in the community and the academy.
ACES courses represent corners of campus that highlights the intent of the AC requirement, while also deepening the meaning of that intent through a combination of multi-disciplinary research and praxis, the development of students and community partners as co-educators, mentoring opportunities, and increased and sustained accessibility of information.
Since 2018, the CDF program has supported instructors in developing creative design assignments, assignments that are intentionally built to support faculty and students in ways that are adaptive, equity-oriented, and foster antiracism. In the CDF Winter Institute participants developed actionable strategies that build antiracist and equity-based education.
In conversation with CDF faculty, staff, and students, the Winter Institute discussed how within the current condition of remote instruction and the devastating effects of the...
From the classroom to the department and the broader campus, scales of learning and scholarship are necessary for intentionally designed partnerships with community organizations. The workshop was held on May 24, 2023, 9 am - 5 pm at the Tilden Room in MLK Student Union, UC Berkeley featuring advice from community-engaged scholars on best practices to advance the University's public mission.
Co-sponsored by: The American Cultures Center and Public Service Center
Building on the groundwork of the Antiracism Winter Institute, the CDF Program co-sponsored and co-facilitated a follow-up seminar in late April centered on contract grading. The two-day workshop, The Problem(s) with Grading: Making a Case for Contract Grading, invited participants to explore two models of contract grading, Specifications Grading and Labor-based Contract Grading. On the first day, participants engaged in current research that explores how traditional grading methods structure...
The American Cultures Center aims to strengthen the development of the curriculum through its support of course development workshops, community dialogue events and engagement with the rich diversity of students embarking on projects of social justice.
This video library aims to provide broad access to this work and foster our community of social justice practice at UC Berkeley and nationally.