Activism – The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.
The central role of the School of Public health is knowledge generation and transmission, but a forward-looking school like ours should also tie in an activist practice agenda to this central function. The Activist Lab is the result of that directive and challenge; it represents a dynamic way to operationalize public health practice. Our collective task, as public health professionals, is to use our knowledge, skills, and passion to ensure that all people have the potential to live healthy and productive lives–to be activists.
As such, we are taking the month of October (we need a whole month!) to illustrate the complex answer to a simple question, “Why activism?”
Dean Galea has written on this point before, “An activist school can, above all, turn theoretical concepts into reality—an asset for a school that aspires to train students for a real-world public health…. We aim to inform our collective conversation, fuel discussion through our ongoing strategic thinking exercise, and, at core, help clarify our efforts to improve the health of populations.”
Over the course of the month, we invite you to join us in the many conversations, service opportunities, and storytelling that illuminates the limitless capacity of our school community, the local Boston community, and beyond to step up and act for those who need it most—the overlooked and vulnerable.
Sept. 28: Gun Violence: Stories Behind the Numbers
Oct. 2-6: Advocacy Primer in the Core Courses
Oct. (TBD): Life on Albany Gallery Showing & Talk
Oct. 16: Volunteer at Rosie’s Place
Oct. 26: Living with HIV/AIDS: Lunch & Learn
Nov. 4: Gail Douglas Award Ceremony
Keep an eye on SPH This Week for more information!