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Washington Semester Program| Transforming Communities Program Components


The most effective way to learn the art of transforming communities is to speak to the individuals who have faced the challenges and experienced the rewards of this work. During the Washington Semester Transforming Communities Program you do just that. You will meet with representatives of all three branches of government, the advocacy and litigation community, grassroots nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and policy organizations. These experts, all of whom are involved in community change, share their experiences and insights about the field and answer your questions in an open and informal setting. Speakers give you new perspectives on:

  • Building and strengthening communities  
  • Globalization and communities
  • Affordable Housing 
  • Community Health and Safety 
  • Ways to Strengthen the Family 
  • Enterprise and Work in Communities 
  • The Role of Faith in Changing Communities 
  • The Role of Government and Nonprofits in Changing Communities 
  • Ways to Change Communities: From Service to Advocacy to Organizing


  • International Red Cross
  • American Democracy Institute
  • Amnesty International
  • Public Defender Service
  • Center for American Progress
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • Public Education Network
  • US Dept. of Justice
  • US Holocaust Museum
  • National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • Partnership for Public Service
  • Points of Light Foundation
  • District of Columbia Courts
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services