The Tri-Co Philly Program is a semester-long, non-residential program that provides students both curricular and co-curricular activities in Philadelphia. This urban experience facilitates engagement with the diversity, complexity, innovation, and systems of the city. The program is being piloted in Spring 2019 - Spring 2020.
Students will enroll in urban-focused courses from different disciplines taught by Tri-Co faculty in Philadelphia. The urban setting provides a sense of place to enhance the classroom experience, helping students learn first hand how the material in the courses is informed by the environment around them.
Speakers and representatives from organizations will be invited guests in the classes, and students will explore the city through neighborhood tours and also through trips to museums, community-based organizations, archives, and arts and cultural organizations.
In fall 2019 students will take the core course, Fight for #PhlEd: Urban educational and environmental justice (EDUC 067), and one of the following three elective courses: Place, People and Collaborative Research in Philadelphia (ANTH H309/ENVS H309); Environmental Justice: Theory and Action (ENVS 035/ POLS 043B); or Math Modeling and Sustainability (MATH B295). All elective courses for fall 2019 and spring 2020 will include an Engaged Scholarship/Praxis component in which courses will be partnering with organizations on a diverse array of projects
The program also includes participation in monthly Philadelphia-based activities—some academic in nature, some connected to issues of social justice, and some simply fun—as well as the opportunity to attend talks and engage with volunteer opportunities in the city. Additionally, the program will include an orientation, a mid-semester gathering and a closing dinner.
Tri-Co sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the program. Expenses related to travel for classes and for co- and extracurricular programming will be covered for students accepted into the program. Travel to Tri-Co Philly classes will also be covered for students taking a class, but not enrolled in the program.
For faculty, the Tri-Co Philly Program facilitates engagement with the city — through both grants to support connecting on-campus courses with Philadelphia, and opportunities to teach program courses in the city.