GANAS (APA4154.01)

Jonathan Pitcher

In terms of public action, Ganas remains a community-driven, cross-cultural association that offers students volunteer opportunities to engage with the predominantly undocumented Latine migrant worker population. We maintain relationships with local organizations and members while developing new ones, along with more conventional classes and readings. Over the past couple of years it has ballooned into a range of simultaneous activities that are seemingly happening all of the time, with students very much at the center of said impetus.
More specifically, we run visits to local farms, interpretation services, ESL classes, Spanish classes, transportation, a variety of social events, and assistance with the DMV. Ganas has also provided support for Sunrise, Neighborhood Connections, Bridges to Health, the Bennington Free Clinic, and is the leader of one multi-college consortium. We have cemented the more political wing of the group, through the Berkshire Immigrant Center, Migrant Justice, and Milk with Dignity, organizing the latter’s protests in the town of Bennington.

The group’s largely student-managed ethos should be emphasized herein.

4-credit course for new participants, 1- to 4-credit group tutorial for those continuing, whose presence will be required during the first hour of class time each week.


Learning Outcomes:
Contact with the community.

Consistent execution.

Some viable, pressing questions, beyond the above:

What are our objectives within the context of any specific project? What do the GANAS friends hope to achieve through our work?
Are we serving their goals?
What do we hope to achieve in supporting them, from their perspective?
What are our specific goals as GANAS members / undergraduates at Bennington?

Student preferences.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: At least conversational Spanish would be nice.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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