COURSE OVERVIEW

With the Social Good Lab, we have two objectives: (1) join community stakeholders in building a more just and livable world and (2) transform enrolled students into Change-Making Animals.

DETAILS

  • Offered every fall at the University of Mary Washington
  • All majors welcomed: economics, math, philosophy, religion, Spanish, anthropology, biology, political science, and geography
  • Class size is usually set at 10 – 12 students.
  • Open to Juniors and Seniors
  • No design experience is necessary
  • There is hardly any structure. Every day is pretty much the same. We sit around a big table and thrash about ideas, slay our demons, and get to work.

WHAT YOU’LL GET

  • Learn about Human-Centered Design principles.
  • Develop project-management techniques like Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Coffee Retros.
  • Make your mark in the world, today.
  • Connect with community stakeholders in Fredericksburg.
  • Leave with a set of skills that prepare you for a life worth living: humility, flexibility, patience, and a readiness to listen and learn with others.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU FELT THIS WAY ABOUT A CLASS:

We brought our own ideas to life…The work was difficult but incredibly rewarding and, in the end, we could take ownership of the work and realize it was our own—we created something of value to others. This class is essential for those who wish to create meaningful work and effect change.”

Marina Castro-Meirelles (’17)

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