MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Activism, Organizing, and Social Movements

Patrick Brown

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Are you worried about threats to social justice, a stable climate, and democratic values under President Trump, but unsure what one person can do?

Have you been signing petitions and calling your congresspeople, but wanting more face-to-face interaction with action-oriented people at MIT?

Do you want to learn and share tools for being a more effective activist and find ways to get involved in local organizations?

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, attend this new IAP course on Activism, Organizing, and Social Movements. Starting the Wednesday after the inauguration and continuing throughout the rest of IAP, join a series of student- and staff-led sessions with the goal of developing together the skills and frameworks to understand and approach activism, organizing, and social movements in strategic and effective ways. The sessions are meant for all skill levels; whether you’re completely new to activism or are a veteran campaigner, come share your questions and knowledge. We’ll finish with an Activist Open House featuring a number of local activist groups, giving everyone a chance to learn about local organizing opportunities and commit to getting involved.

All sessions meet in 32-144 at 5pm (except for Fri 1/27, which meets in 32-124).

For the full schedule and to RSVP, visit

Sponsor(s): Fossil Free MIT
Contact: Patrick Brown, 617 324-3801, PRBROWN@MIT.EDU

Student activism panel

Jan/25 Wed 05:00PM-06:30PM 32-144

Why activism, and why MIT? Featuring students from Fossil Free MIT, MIT Democrats, CASE, and Solidarity MIT.

Digital security and anti-surveillance

Jan/26 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-144

In an era of mass surveillance, how can you practice activism (and the rest of your life) securely and privately?

Introduction to community organizing

Jan/27 Fri 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-144

How can you organize within your own community to achieve broad social change?

Power analysis and media strategy

Jan/30 Mon 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-124

What's your message, who needs to hear it, and how can you make yourself heard?

Intersectionality and effective allyship

Jan/31 Tue 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-144

How can we operate in solidarity with marginalized groups of people, particularly when coming from a background of privilege?

Class and inequality

Feb/01 Wed 05:00PM-06:30PM 32-144

How do class identities impact each of us, and how can we take them into account as an activist?

Activist organization open house

Feb/02 Thu 05:00PM-06:30PM 10-105

Hear from local grassroots groups about how to get involved. Featuring: Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston, Represent.Us, GreenRoots, Cambridge Progressive Action Coalition, Democratic Socialists of America, Brand New Congress, JETPAC, Engineering Activism, Solidarity MIT, FFMIT, MIT Democrats, MIT Class Awareness, Support, and Equality (CASE), MIT Student Activist Coalition (SACO), and MIT Stop Our Silence.

Turning ideas into action

Feb/03 Fri 05:00PM-06:30PM 9-255

What are your ideas and skills, and how will you work for change? Generate new ideas, form working groups, and make your plan for action.