CCS300: Cultural Identity, Incarceration and Inequality in Milwaukee:
While criminal behavior is exhibited in all races and ethnicities, the incarceration rates of African-American men in Milwaukee is over double the national average. Over half of black men in Milwaukee County between the ages of 30-40 have done time in a state penitentiary, which creates lifelong challenges for gainful employment, safe housing, familial and community stability and the overarching threat of crimeless parole revocations. Often latently assessed as a hallmark of the race, this course looks at how cultural hegemony has impacted the rates of arrest and incarceration, unsettled urban communities and shaped the cultural and individual identities of African-Americans in Milwaukee.
In addition to regular coursework, students will be expected to volunteer a minimum of 40 additional hours at Running Rebels over the course of the semester and complete a mandatory, 24-hour urban plunge in the city of Milwaukee to complete the immersive element of their CCE.
Running Rebels is a non-profit community organization that serves urban youth in Milwaukee. Course participants will be scheduled for youth and community engagement, including tutoring, mentoring and assisting at special events in the neighborhood.
Please note that for this course you will need:
Reliable and consistent personal transportation
Ability to pass a background check
Availability between 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with some additional event hours available on the weekends.Upon acceptance, students must complete the volunteer link embedded in their acceptance letter.
Proposed Class Dates:
12:00pm - 1:50pm every other Thursday
Maximum Class Size:
Running Rebels Volunteer Application.pdf
Course Credits: 2
The Service Learning in a Cross-Cultural setting requires students to establish a volunteer site wherein they will volunteer a minimum of 40 hours in tandem with taking a two-credit course and an Urban Plunge. I have attached a course overview to this email to better inform you of the expectations of the course.
All service will be taking place at Running Rebels in Milwaukee (www.runningrebels.org). Students must meet with the volunteer coordinator, establish their position and then complete the attached Site Approval form and return it to our office. Upon approval, we will register students directly into the course.
Contact Sharon Cross, RR Volunteer Coordinator at Sharon.Cross@RunningRebels.org to set up a time to meet with her. You will need to submit the Running Rebels Volunteer Application (attached) and submit it to her via email or in person.
Once you have met with Ms. Cross and have established your schedule and position
Students requesting accommodations for their CCE should contact The Office for Students with Disabilities at the Walter Young Center by calling 262-524-7335 to set up an appointment with Marty Bledsoe.