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Community Change Studies Program

Community Change Studies Program


The Community Change Studies Program at Laney College is based on a nationally recognized program that combines classroom and on-the-job training to prepare students for careers in community change and development. As a participant, you will develop the skills necessary to be an effective advocate, activist and change agent in Oakland.

Our program is committed to fostering the leadership and employment of local residents who want to create social and economic change in their communities. All participants accepted into this one-year program will receive a paid internship experience and college credit; all courses in this program qualify as credits in the UC and Cal State systems.

This is a one-year program that begins in Fall 2013 and ends in Summer 2014. Participants will complete 6 units of course work per semester as a group, and finish the program with a paid internship at a local public or private agency. Community Change Studies graduates will have strong backgrounds for careers in nonprofits, public policy, union organizing, and systems level work, as well as for academic study at four-year institutions.


Community Change Studies Program Curriculum


Fall 2013 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 credits)

Civic Engagement in Urban Communities (3 credits)

Spring 2014 Community Building & Transformation (3 credits)

Economics & Social Change (3 credits)

Summer 2014 Cooperative Education Internship (3 credits)

Grassroots Knowledge: Community Based Research in Action (3 Credits)


Application Instructions

Download the application here and then fill  it out. Please email your completed application to tmbrown@peralta.edu OR drop it off at The Ethnic Studies Department at Laney College.


 NOTE: If you have not attended a Peralta College within the last two semesters, also complete the Peralta Community College District Application for Admission by clicking on this link or visiting the Laney College Admissions & Records: Building A, Room A109. If you need financial aid, fill out a FAFSA prior to the start of the program.


Important Dates:

After you submit your application, you must be available for the following dates to be eligible to participate in the program:

  • Student Interviews:
(Thursday August 8, 2013 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Laney College)
  • Student Orientation:
(Friday August 16, 2013 from 12noon – 2:00pm at Laney College)

 MLAT Students 

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”-June Jordan

If you have any questions about the program or application process, you can call the Ethnic Studies Department at (510) 466-7313 or email Tamika Brown at tmbrown@peralta.edu.