How and why do people decide to take action when they perceive an injustice? Why do some campaigns to bring about positive social change succeed, while others fail? This case study draws on a successful campaign to end a burdensome graduate student fee at Georgia Tech (GT) to provide insights into these questions. The case study is intended to support instruction that empowers students to identify ways they can lead change on issues of concern to them--on campus, in their workplaces, and in society more broadly.

This tool was developed by Dr. Teresa Snow and Dr. Rebecca Watts Hull. Please contact Rebecca with any questions: rwattshull@gatech.edu.


This teaching tool uses a case study to introduce students to elements of organizing for social change on college campuses. The teaching case details the successful campaign at Georgia Tech to reduce and eventually eliminate the Special Institutional Fee (SIF). The case study is provided as a separate document for ease of distribution to students, and it includes discussion questions. This document includes instructions for instructors, background information for your use facilitating discussion with students, and suggestions (and links) for further reading.

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