Healthy Green Spaces: Urban Farming & Community Organizing

This course will explore community organizing as it relates to urban farming and community gardens. Learn how to effectively communicate with neighbors and local governments to create healthy green spaces and spend time at a farm in West Philadelphia. Students will learn alongside residents of West Philadelphia who are building healthy green spaces from empty…

Talk’n the Walk

Making the trek down to and from the LIFT center on Wednesday is something I look forward to at the beginning of my week. While I usually miss the train getting there, the constant act of missing the train has allowed me to deal with my anxiety of missing moments. There is always a sense…

What is it like to teach an community based Inside-Out course?

What is it like to teach an community based Inside-Out course? Taking the Inside-Out teaching training was a life-changing experience. Everyone left touched, energized and ready to take on the world. But since I was not teaching the model for awhile, the actual teaching was several months removed from the training. So I practiced on…

Refreshing Part of the Week

This Talking The Walk course is the most refreshing part of my academic week. I go from Economics, to South Asian Literature, to thesis writing, to World Music, to Arabic, but all in all I find that it is the off-campus, very experiential and honest weekly meetings with the Inside Out Group at LIFT that…

Course Reflections

After our wagon wheel, small circle discussions and the first round of poems, I’m even more thrilled to engage with my classmates. The soil of experience is rich here, and we seem to all want to dig in and take root. I’m glad for the mixture of age, race, gender and faith that we represent….

Amber’s Closing Speech

Hello, as you know my name is Amber Opromollo. I’m a third year student majoring in criminal justice here at Drexel University. Drexel is well-known for it’s quarter system, prestige in engineering, and being just a tad bit, well, being not-so-cheap. The one thing that’s not in the dragon mission statement: the impossibility of registering…

Final Thoughts

  I thought that this was a wonderful course. I learned so much about the different types of people from all different backgrounds and how we make up Philadelphia. I hope that one day in the future all Drexel students are required to take this, or a similar course. This course helped me be a…

Talkin’ the Walk Course Description

This course examines types of civic dialogue in an immersive learning environment. Students will create presentations around issues of social justice that are important to them and practice publically delivering those messages in front of a live audience. Types of speaking will include mock election speeches, public debates, town hall or city council meetings.  Homework…

Philadelphia Tribune Highlights Our Course

Philadelphia Tribune Highlights Our Course Instead of large think tanks and groups of rather disassociated folks talking haughtily about the ills facing society, Drexel University and its nonprofit partner LIFT have collaborated on a novel program that brings together two disparate groups – one from the university and the other composed of LIFT clients –…