Our Program

Our work in Mississippi began in Hinds Community College, in partnership with local organizations and other academic institutions.

The Community Development AA-SS degree at Hinds Community College-Utica Campus, an Historically Black College. It provides a broad-based understanding of the history and theories of community development while fostering awareness of and responsibility for community and environmental sustainability. Students in the Community Development program will graduate with a well-rounded general education degree that is highly transferable to 4-year institutions. Students will also obtain skills concentrated toward entry-level opportunities with local government, housing and transportation authorities, land and environmental companies, and nonprofit organizations and outreach agencies for underserved and minority populations.

Our Innovations

The program in Mississippi draws from and contributes to an understanding of the rich history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Students of color from our college partners have participated in summer intensives every year since 2014, examining race and oppression in America and discovering their roles as agents of change through studying past and present social justice movements, uncovering their own talents and passions, and collectively exploring how they can use their skills to create the communities and world they want to see.  Four Hinds students in 2014 and 3 Coahoma students in 2016 were part of a national cohort of students who met with Civil Rights leaders, examined historic archives, and reflected on and wrote about their own lived experiences as social change agents. In 2015, 4 additional students culminated their immersion experience at the U.S. Social Forum, held in Jackson.

The Community Development Degree at Hinds Community College

Required Courses Include:

SOC 1213 – Community Involvement (3 SH)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with experience in a public or human service agency, or other appropriate work environment, and to encourage them to recognize the value of their active participation in their community.  This course requires 16 hours of seminar, 40-60 hours of field experience and reflective work in the form of journals and essays.

LEA 1811 and LEA 1821- Leadership and Organization Skills I and II- Seminar on Community Development (2 courses, 1 SH each)

These two required seminars include the study of leadership styles and group dynamics, along with the skills, roles and functions of organizational leaders.

SOC 2133 – Social Problems (3 SH)

This course examines contemporary social problems and policy measures used to address them.

SOC 1513 – Ethnic Relations (3 SH)

This course examines the economic, political, educational, and racial status of ethnic minorities, including relations among ethnic groups.

HIS 1613 – African-American History (3 SH)

This is a survey of African-American History from Africa origins to modern times.

SPT 1113 – Public Speaking I (3 SH)

Study and practice in making speeches for a variety of public forums. Major emphasis is placed on effective speech preparation and delivery.

The curriculum includes additional general education courses in English, Math, Art, Political Science, Sociology, and History.


For information, contact Lena Jones  lena.jones@minneapolis.edu.